Thursday, 15 June 2017

BlokeFest Dynion. Canu. Chwerthin


With all the excitement and anticipation of the Ashton Keynes Music and Arts Festival is might be easy to overlook a certain little event taking place in North West North West Wales...

Full details on http://www.blokefest.net/ and match reports after the event.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Next is AK Fest



This village...  SO much to do, so little time...

We are less than one month away from the biggest thing to happen round these parts since the last time the Ashton Keynes Music Festival rolled into the village, except this time it is not just a music festival, there's arts as well and loads more.

We are on the Wednesday 28th taking part in the Village Voices a celebration of singing in the village.

Read about so much more and get tickets before they disappear at https://www.ashtonkeynesfestival.net/whats-on

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

What we did on our Mini-Tour

FRIDAY
It feels like a very long time ago already when we set of for the "Deep South" on our Mini-Tour, but here in glorious technocolour is a selection of some of the best bits of our trip.  No doubt many more photos exist but they will escape into the wild in their own time.

Here we are, the "South" Van prepares to leave with due ceremony - there is always one stealing the show and it is quite often Lars...


Arriving at our first stop at the Fleet Air Arm Museum (we know people and there were lots of fascinating machines for the engineeringly inclined) our tour mascots Mini(on) Bob, Little Chris and Mini(on) Kevin look to be enjoying themselves.


Separated at birth?  We sang under one of these pointy objects....



And here we are at our first gig of the trip at the beautiful St John's Church in Totnes where we sang with the equally beautiful Glorious Chorus - cracking show and fantastic "Afters".


SATURDAY

On our way from Devon to deepest, darkest Cornwall, Kevin and Bob and their namesakes stop for a photo at Minions.


Soon after a member of our crew was seen making a break for it...


But eventually after yet more food we made it safely to Port Isaac and our first show in Cornwall at the Village hall there.


Accompanied by the lovely ladies from Gulls who put on a great show for us and sang us their very own version of Nothing Like a Bloke dedicated to little old us.


We even made a (fishermen's) friend or two with another glorious "Afters" session with Gulls and their special friends.


SUNDAY

And we started singing early in the morning - their mum (who was conducting Gulls) loved it, her two older daughters were not so sure, having absorbed those warnings about strange men singing to you early on a Sunday morning in a caravan park...


After a brief spot of exercise and singing to youths on the beach it was time for another well earned spot of nosh and chance to enjoy some more fabulous Cornish hospitality, as witnessed by a very happy Tour Organiser.


And the singing continues with Gulls in action at The Waterfront in Polzeath, cracking venue.


With many men gazing on, enjoying the show...


Although there are "concerns" we could be viewed as a "Tribute group" - but that is nothing to be ashamed about as it is a terrific ale...


Only to be matched by trying one or two others for as you can see there was a lot of singing to be done and as we know, 'tis thirst-making work


And finally, a Magnificent video made for us by Chris at Soundview.


THE END

Friday, 5 May 2017

Off to da 'minions


We are off to Devon, Cornwall and Somerset with these two characters as tour mascots because?  Because we are going to Minions among other places...!

Have a look at the Calendar on our Dates page for more info.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

More about the Mini-Tour

To say that the blokes are excited about their forthcoming Mini-tour down south is probably pushing English understatement into rather a tight corner and making it look very worried about what happens next (or something like that).

But without labouring the point, the blokes are in red hot form having given what was considered to be "a reasonably decent show" the other night in Wotton-under-Edge.

We even premiered a new song for the very first time (that possibly being the definition of premier), a new masterpiece taking a famous old standard that has had a Magnificent work over and now opines about the virtues of hirsuiteness and general appreciation of the humble bloke - long overdue some might say.

And so to the tour.  We shall be doing things in these places at roughly these times.


Friday 5th 
Fleet Air Arm Museum - lunch time
St John's Church, Totnes with Glorious Chorus

Saturday 6th 
Minions & The Cheesewring - lunch time
Port Isaac & Village Hall

Sunday 7th
Padstow Town + Padstow to Rock Ferry
St Enodoc Church
The Waterfront, Polzeath - late lunch
St Mabyn Inn - from 8pm

Monday 8th
Glastonbury Town & Tor - lunch time

Then toddling back to our humble, humdrum blokey existences all the better for it.

Monday, 24 April 2017

North North Wiltshire's finest head south again


And we're off!  We are heading down south again - this time we are going to Devon and Cornwall and taking in a couple of stops in Somerset along the way out and back.

We shall be having a glorious return match with Glorious Chorus in that there Totnes this coming Friday 5th May in St John's Church of Bridgetown in that fair locality and we are most looking forward to it.  More info and how to buy tickets from http://www.gloriouschorus.co.uk/gigs.htm.

And thence we shall venture forth across the border into the ancient lands of Cornwall and another return match (or three) with the ladies of "Gulls" from Port Isaac with a gig with them on Saturday 6th May in the Village Hall in that beautiful little place.  Tickets can be found locally from the shop Secrets or via our website at http://themagnificentak47.com/tickets/.

More info about other activities and special moments we have planned in the very near future.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

The Magnificent AK47 and a "Swing Orchestra" collaboration? Really??


It's not often that the worlds of Swing Bands and BlokeSong coincide but when they do you can anticipate something special.

We have been approached by The London Swing Orchestra who are playing a special St Georges Day matinee at the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon on Sunday 23rd April starting at 3pm - http://www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk/whatson/london-swing-orchestra.

It is a Celebration for the Feast of St George: Mad Dogs & Englishmen - Graham Dalby director and the fantastic London Swing Orchestra bring you a special St George's Day programme, featuring vintage hits from the 1930s and 1940s as played by the Great British dance bands. This elegant matinée includes songs by Noël Coward, Flanders and Swann and Cole Porter. It will be a warming and nostalgic tribute to the English: to their pride, to their quirky humour and, above all, to their heartfelt love for this sceptred isle.

It also includes The Magnificent AK47 performing two songs as part of the show - The Vly and a sea shanty (or might be Shed) and it sounds like a lot of fun and builds relationships for future possible collaboration.

Bizarrely enough we were contacted by the main organiser because of all the You Tube versions of The Vly out there - he liked ours best.  Strange world, that there t'internet...