Monday, 11 September 2017

Back to School


Hopefully all the blokes will be re-invigorated and ready for getting back into action for a packed Autumn and into the Midwinter.

Forthcoming highlights include:
  • Singing in a massive resonant space in Birmingham Central Station
  • Recording a new LP's worth (ask anyone with grey hair kiddies...) of, er, recordings
  • Performing with two lovely lady choirs at our three gigs
  • Another big gig in Cirencester's Sundial Theatre
  • Getting in the mood for Yuletide with some singing in the pub
  • Thinking about going to Cork Festival next year!!
And no doubt there will be more as we bring a close to Year 9 of Magnificents and brace ourselves for celebrating our 10th year of lowering the tone with our high jinks.

And to get back into gear we are literally going back to School with our first workshop back in Ashton Keynes School Hall, Gosditch.


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

It may go a bit quiet round here for a while...


Says it all really...

Much happening in the background and expect to burst back into life in September.

In the meantime, enjoy the Summer, what there is of it and see you when the nights start to draw in again and we all feel the need for a sing to cheers ourselves up.

Monday, 31 July 2017

If you go down to...

... the woods pub tonight, you're sure of a big surprise



The blokes in some woods.  

Tonight they, and "some others" will be in the pub for "not your average Monday night", even for Ashton Keynes...

But, shhhh, it's a secret.

And here is what it might sound like and something from the Magnificent Archive.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Another Spooky Summer of Love


They are big (& small), they are in black and they are rather superb... The Spooky Men's Chorale are back in the UK for another Summer of Love as they sing their way around these isles sprinkling sonic joy wherever they go.

These guys are the granddaddies of BlokeSong and the inspiration for our very own The Magnificent AK47 nearly a decade ago (!) and are a sight to see and a sound to luxuriate in with their deadpan humour and drop dead Georgian harmonies.

Check out their remaining tour dates at http://spookymen.com/gigs/ and maybe witness them slightly nearer to home & Magnificent HQ.... watch this space for more Magnificent Spooky news.


Sunday, 16 July 2017

TMAK47 at AKMAF

A slightly belated THANK YOU and VERY WELL DONE to all involved with the inaugural Ashton Keynes Music and Arts Festival that took place at the end of June & first weekend of July this year.

The Magnificent AK47 played a small but not insignificant part running the bar at the Village Voices event that combined choral groups from across the village.  

Performing were the cute beyond belief School Choir, the rather wonderful Siren Sisters, the re-invigorated Village Choir and little old us finishing things of with a killer set that we would like to think was rather well received... that is until the final number which combined all the choirs and quite literally there wasn't a dry eye in the place by the end.

A great way to celebrate all the fabulous singing that goes on around these parts.

Monday, 26 June 2017

BlokeFest - brilliant as ever



It's taken a while to recover from it, but BlokeFest was as brilliant as ever and superbly curated by the Bebington Bitter Men from up Wirral way.

Anglesey was bathed in glorious sunshine and the singing matched the sunlit mood, fab tent, great blokes, who could ask for more?  Well, everyone!!  http://www.blokefest.net/

Looking forward to BlokeFest 2018 already...

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...

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Reach for the sky


What are these blokes up to??  Looks like some are trying to hold up the ceiling after some problems caused by a sonic wave from the basses goes so low that it starts to cause structural damage to the Back Room of The White Hart Inn.

But fear not, the pub is safe for another rehearsal and the blokes rumble on.

And today they will be in action a couple of times over in Wotton-under-Edge firstly in the afternoon running a workshop between 15:30 and 17:30 and then a full show including a piece with the workshoppers with doors open from 19:30.


All happening at the Under the Edge Arts community arts project in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire https://www.utea.org.uk/.   Hope to see you there and witness the blokes bringing the house down (not literally of course, that would be silly...!).

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Over the top to Under the Edge


It's not often that these sort of opportunities come along... a workshop and a gig on the one day, but here one comes.  And the workshoppers will get the chance to perform with us as part of the Grand Finale!

We have one happening this very next weekend at the Under the Edge Arts community arts project in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire   https://www.utea.org.uk/.

Something to look forward to after the Easter break.  Hope to see you there.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Blokes on BBC Wiltshire


Some intrepid blokes ventured on the BBC Radio Wiltshire program to speak about all things blokey and singy.  

Have a listen at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04y55pv#play and have a see tonight http://themagnificentak47.com/tickets/.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Hear all about it!


BBC Radio Wilshire's Sue Davies is show is a magnificent piece of local radio brought together by a dedicated team and fronted by a lovely chatty presenter.

Saturday morning around 10:30am it should be even more Magnificent with the appearance of several blokes touting their wares and promoting their show just down the hill in that there Swindon town when we steam into The Platform.  So remember to tune in to the Sue Davies show.

Tickets still available, but not for long... from http://themagnificentak47.com/tickets/.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Read all about it!


You can't make some of this up... we are in the newspaper again.

Trundle over to http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/ to read all about it us and see us in action this Saturday at the Platform - tickets from http://themagnificentak47.com/tickets/.

And stand by for more local media action this coming Saturday... more in the next post.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Back in The Back Room


After a few years (probably, we've lost count) we are pleased to announce that our (ir)regular Wednesday night Workshops will start back in The Back Room of our Spiritual home of The White Hart Inn.

We've had some great times in the Ashton Keynes School Hall, the actual "birthplace" of what went on to become The Magnificent AK47 but now is the moment to move back and save the 10 minutes that some blokes miss at the start because they are still wandering up Gosditch walking carefully trying not to spill their precious pints from the pub....  Cut out the middle men we say!

We will be back in there on Wednesday 5th April from 19:30 onwards, and no, this is NOT an April Fool's.

We are currently preparing new material for our show at The Platform in Swindon this coming Saturday 8th April, tickets still available at http://themagnificentak47.com/tickets/.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

All aboard to The Platform!


Steaming into one of Swindon's most interesting venues in the heart of the Heritage Quarter and rather handily placed for warm-ups and "Afters" in the rather splendid "Glue Pot", The Magnificent AK47 are promoting their very own show at The Platform.

Former location of STEAM we very much hope you will come along and help witness us fill this venue with sublime sounds of silliness and deep meaningful man-moments and the finest examples of BlokeSong from around these parts.

Guaranteed to raise a smile and set the hairs on the back of your neck to RAISED the blokes promise another great show so get your tickets from http://themagnificentak47.com/tickets/

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Magnificent ChoirJams


The blokes are back in action this weekend (after the Rugby!) in unison with the rather marvellous Choirjam of Keynsham, near a regular stomping ground of ours of that there Bristol.

Choirjam are a great, fun bunch and we are looking forward to joining them on a, er, joint number at St John’s Church, 1 The Park, Keynsham BS31 2BL

Tickets: £10 adv.  £12 on the door.  £8 concs – U18, student (on production of student card), unemployed (on production of UB40 or similar).  Available from: www.keynshamtickets.cloudvenue.co.uk, emma@choirjam.co.uk, St John’s Parish Office 0117 986 3354.

Doors & Bar open 7 pm.  Starts 7.30 pm and The Magnificent AK47 are running the bar, so what could possibly go wrong?!  Come along and find out...

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Shed heaven


What a great pleasure it was to revisit Singing in the Shed this weekend...!

Such fabulous fun singing some beautiful and some fantastically energising pieces of music with a great bunch of blokes - even the 7:30am fire alarm that got everybody out of the hostel in the rain didn't dampen the experience.

And remember please gentlemen, "TWO rows".

Looking forward to BlokeFest already - but if you haven't already got your ticket then you had better head over to BlokeFest.net to get it as there are even fewer left after this weekend.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Two more sleeps till Singing in the Shed 2017


Not long now till many of us pack our ear plugs and BlokeFest T-Shirts and head up North and West a bit for this year's Singing in the Shed extravaganza.

Have a look at some of the interesting nuggets at https://www.facebook.com/singingintheshed/ and not forgetting that it is now only four months to go to BlokeFest which has only a few dozen tickets left on sale already so hop on over to http://www.blokefest.net/ to secure yours before they are all gone.

And happy singing, Shedders.  Hopefully some pics and stories will emerge.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Singing with the trees & sculptures




A warm winter welcome awaits at what should be a very intriguing singing session in amongst the extraordinary setting of the Somerford Keynes Sculpture Park.

The location alone looks worth the price of admission and on top you will get a warm welcome and a wonderful afternoon singing.

See http://www.elementalsculpturepark.com/ for more information about the location and enjoy.


Friday, 3 February 2017

Can you like a gringo like these lot? More Magnificent Movies


He's been at it again.... 

The Magnificent MovieMeister has been busy creating a visual homage to our audio homage about the dangers of being an hombre in the Wild West of North North Wiltshire and beyond.

The new creation can be witnessed here.


And you might like to reference the original inspiration for the song as re-written by Roger Jackson at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rcfOuaEmOE.

And don't forget that the blokes will be in action behind the bar of The White Hart Inn this very Saturday - see http://themagnificentak47.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/home-town-blokes.html for some more info.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Home town blokes


"The blokes are back in town" as Thin Lizzy once famously sang.  And they are.

For one night only The Magnificent AK47 will be behind the bar at The White Hart Inn... 

Sounds like an ill-advised idea but it was thought to be a very novel way of singing to as many people as possible so they could hear the blokes.  We'll see how it goes and the landlady will be in the front watching that no one nicks a sneaky free top up!

The blokes will be performing short sets at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm to allow for other punters to enjoy the convivial atmosphere and entry is Free of Charge although there may be some burly blokes on the door waving donation buckets if you want to get out...

So, come along for a drink and a sing this coming Saturday. 


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.