Saturday, 27 August 2016

The Magnificent AK47 undaunted by "act of God" at Stroud Fringe

Bizarre scenes at Stroud Fringe this afternon...   Firstly the blokes felt like caged animals as they warmed up to the side of the stage (witness mild mannered Trevor H and Jim climbing up the rails), then, just as we had finished our (rather ropey) soundcheck the most almighty thunder clap and lightening strike occurred on the nearby church...

Maybe because we had been rehearsing there only minutes earlier...

You can hear the full experience here...  Don't play it too loud, you will damage your speakers!

Friday, 26 August 2016

Back in action, despite being poorly

By rights it shouldn't be allowed, we should be resting, calmly in a darkened room, with a damp hanky on our furrowed, fevered brow, with our dearly beloved attending to our every considerable need.  

But no, the public demands our presence, they said, you're not so poorly that you can't drag yourself out to do it in front of all those people.

So, despite our better judgement and against medical advice, we are being lured out of our summer slumbers to unleash yet more new material on an unsuspecting public this coming Saturday in The People's Republic of Stroud, at their very own Stroud Fringe.

We are due to be performing at 13:45 (precisely) on the Bank Gardens stage, slap bang in the middle of town - details can be found at and even more details can be found at

Hopefully we will find some of you, dear reader, loitering around to hear our latest masterpiece by that devilishly clever songsmith, our very own Top Bloke, Roger Jackson, veteran workshop leader at BlokeFest.  He has penned a plaintive ditty about the trials and tribulations and slings and arrows of being a bloke who is sick, but not receiving much sympathy - a song that has struck a chord within the group - can't think why...

As demonstrated by Brother Matt, we will soldier on manfully, even though some of us are suffering, from "Man flu"

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Happy Birthday Bill

A (slightly belated) Happy Birthday for our saintly (can you see his "halo"?) and beloved ArtMeister, bass rumbler and general all round top bloke, Mr Bill Hicks celebrated in song as only The Magnificent AK47 know how to do...

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

BlokeFest 2016 was BRILLIANT

A somewhat belated big thank you to all the blokes and (so-called) organizers for such a fabulous weekend of singing and good blokeyness.

Some highlights?

  • The pockets of singing and music around the campsite
  • The Cabaret again
  • The BlokeFest Café
  • The "ear worm" of Get over you from new leader Craig McLeish
  • The extraordinary emotion of Jutland from new leader Pete Truin
  • The "Derren Brown" Magic of another new leader Iwan Lewis
  • The food
  • The posh loos
  • The Sunday Birthday Party
  • The Quinquenarians
  • And all the blokes for being so lovely, having such a great time and just being
Will we do it all again?  Who knows but it was certainly fun whilst it lasted....

Sunday, 5 June 2016

The Magnificent AK47 on the radio!

A nice moment for the Magnificent Scrapbook, a very decent mention for The Magnificent AK47, our belovéd ChoirMeister Mr Samuel and dear old BlokeFest, on The Choir with Sara Mohr-Pietsch's interview of Philip Read and Dave Mountain.

If you missed it first time round (shame on you!) check back at or your BBC Radio app for the replay.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

BlokeFest on the Radio?!

Now here's a phrase you don't hear every day "Karl Jenkins's Adiemus, BlokeFest" on @Radio3's The Choir...

Featuring The Magnificent AK47 singing on national radio...

Tell everyone to tune it to Radio 3 on Sunday at 16:00.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Gird up your loins for BlokeFest 2016

Practicle advice as ever from Brother Bill H, resident ArtMeister at the Magnificent Website, about how to prepare for BlokeFest.  (And have a look at the rather wonderful collection of poster works at whilst you are about it)

For more advice about this fantastic event visit their FAQs and OAAQ (Occasionally Asked Awkward Questions) at

All very sensible stuff hidden in amongst the Magnificent and Blokey daftness...