Thursday, 19 January 2017

Bradford Roots belter under the belt


Bradford Roots has been a great way to get the local festival season kick started for FIVE years now and this year's was another belter.

The blokes were very pleased to be invited back and put on a strong show on the main stage to a pretty much full auditorium and a very appreciative crowd to boot.

And, ne'er a "prop" in sight as we performed entirely gimmick-less, no hats, no beards, no nufin' but our naked voices, for the first time since the last time (which was probably by accident...!).  

It felt a bit odd, but maybe next time we can use the full kit list as we sing in The White Hart in Ashton Keynes on Saturday 4th February, more of which soon, but in the next post we need to celebrate a significant landmark for this august channel - can you guess what it might be??

P.S. And thanks to Valerie Moss for allowing us to use this picture she took of us in action.



Friday, 13 January 2017

BoA Roots belter!


Not long now till our very first gig of the year already!  And what a belter it should be, too!  

For an amazing fifth year running Lisa and Chris Samuel and their many helpers are putting on another massive display of local talent from the citadel that is Bradford on Avon and surrounding area, which luckily extends to North North Wiltshire and little old us.

There are some cracking performers and so much to see including The Magnificent AK47 on Saturday night and Ashton Keynes' very own Big Brunch Band in action at the festival for the first time.

It's sure to be a great weekend of entertainment so if you haven't already, find out more and get your tickets from http://www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk/bradfordrootsfestival.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Welcome to 2017


Welcome back to another Magnificent looking year full of blokey singing treats ahead and much unleashing of the inner minstrel.  

And what better way to record all your plans and activities than noting them down on our very own 2017 Magnificent Calendar?

We have sold a good number of these already but if you have yet to secure your own copy, loving produced in full colour and stunning black and white, featuring the artistic talents of members of the group capturing the blokes in all their photogenic glory then email themagnificentak47@gmail.com and we will see what we can do... 

And if you want to see us in action, check out dates in our electronic Google calendar, transfer them to your own calendar and we look forward to seeing you on our adventures in the next year.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Magnificent 2016

It's been a Magnificent year, even by our high standards, so worth recapping a few moments to savour them all the little bit more...

From top left moving clockwise, spiraling into the centre...: the caged lions of song before they unleashed the sound of testosterone and thunder at Stroud Fringe; those 'ombres at Bath Old Theatre Royal; Singing in The Barn, Ciren; Singing in the cold in Cricklade; a suitable reward for our ChoirMeister; #MagnificentDerry; Singing in the Shed; More utterly #MagnificentDerry; Singing on the seafront at Lyme Regis; Singing in Bath Abbey; Singing on Giant's Causeway...


And we thought we would celebrate another Magnificent year of art work from our ArtMeister and CartoonMeister...  some more superb material.



And it is also worth noting that we have been in the media more than ever before which is a testament to the hard graft and unseen work (until it's published!) done by our splendid MediaMeisters.  Here is a sample of some of the media highlights.



Highlights of Magnificent 2016?

#MagnificentDerry has to be the stand out memory... what a trip!  So much packed into those five days.  The fun of being a big black-clad gang boarding the plane, singing all over Derry and the surrounding parts, the Bushmills Distillery visit, the Choral Competition, the "Sing-off" with all the other choirs, the trips, the hanging out, the Radio Show, all legendary.

BlokeFest 2016 - another brilliant event that surpassed all others to date, more fun, more food, more cake.  A great souvenir video.  Well done to the organisers and here's to whatever is in store for 2017.

Other highlights include:
"Singing in The Shed"; singing in The Barn; a grotto; a distillery; on city walls; in the oldest building in the land; all over the SS Great Britain; on a sea front stage being dive bombed by seagulls with the waves lapping nearby; on Giant's Causeway with the waves crashing very nearby; in Bath Abbey and that immense acoustic; Bath Old Theatre Royal / Masonic Lodge; the most diverse and inclusive Beer & Carols yet... the list is long but must end here.

Great times, places and people and song - Let's do it all again in 2017!


Friday, 30 December 2016

Calendar should start working soon




In exciting news, we need to inform you that The Magnificent AK47 2017 calendar should start working any day now, so to help you get to grips with the niceties of using it, try copying out our known schedule for 2017.


Already we have a host of fun packed features planned, including a few exciting trips, a return to the Ashton Keynes Music and (now also) Arts Festival and some other stuff that hasn't quite materialised yet.

The past twelve months have been quite Magnificent and we look forward to another imperious year ahead, wishing you all well and thanking you for all your support in whatever capacity.

Much Magnificent Love to one and all.



Friday, 23 December 2016

Beautiful? Us?? On the BBC Radio again


One of the ladies who visited us the other week has been busy editing what she recorded and, dare we say it, has made us sound actually quite good!

You can judge for yourself on http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04h5y5w if you scroll in around 1 hour and 12 minutes and you can hear Marie come out with quite a remarkable statement towards the very end.

We've never been called beautiful before...

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Ladies everywhere #2 & #3


"It is a rare occurrence to have a community choir that is this dominated by blokes" ("bottom heavy" some might say), was more or less what our belov├ęd ChoirMeister, Mr Chris Samuel proclaimed at our workshop last Wednesday.

Indeed, a rare moment of allowing a second set of ladies into our secret lives of BlokeSong in the one evening as we were joined by some of the finest women folk of Ashton Keynes to rehearse some Yuletide pieces that are being especially prepared for the forthcoming "Beer and Carols" in The White Hart Inn pub Thursday 15th December.

And talking of the pub, here is a very happy Abbie a little later that same evening with her copy of our Magnificent 2017 Calendar hot(ish) off the presses.



Come and join us in the pub for what promises to be another great night out simply singing and enjoying great company.