Friday, 21 September 2018

Joining us for Men United are... Bristol's very own Kettle of Fish


We are very excited to let it be known that we are really looking forward to meeting with the chaps from Kettle of Fish, because of their obvious singing prowess and also because they have such fabulous shirts!  Now, we are not saying we don't like performing in our uniform black T-shirts emblazoned with our hearfelt logo on the front and directions for returning any "lost boy" written on the back, but once in a while we like to unleash our "inner fashionista" with a fab-u-lous shirt.

But clearly there is much more to this group than a great line in shirtery, they can also sing rather well and have been very active in the local scene in various guises for quite some time now with numerous escapades including singing in the Corinium Museum in our local town of Cirencester - which has given us an idea for some more Magnificentness...

Find out more about this wonderfully talented group, and see if you can spot one or two connections with The Magnificent AK47 over the years via their very colourful website at https://www.kettle-of-fish.net and hear them in action on their SoundCloud page at https://soundcloud.com/bristolfish.

And you too could be part of what should be an amazing event combining the talents of Kettle of Fish and many others, visit https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/event/men-united/ to get your tickets, or have a quick watch of our promo video, then head to https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/event/men-united/ (hard sell, but we don't want people to miss out!).










Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Where do you do it?

When asked, some of our blokes revealed the do it "slowly", "carefully", "eventually", "in the car" and perhaps a little more interestingly, "in bed" or "in the bath".

'Learning their parts', that is...  

Wherever they do it, most do it via quite a bit of tech that most of them have been dragged into the 21st Century by getting SmartPhones and using a thing called "Box".



This is where we keep all our practice material and many recordings for the blokes to revisit their parts and accelerate their learnings.

And good job too, we have at least one brand spanking new piece we are working on, in fact we are working on a second that has been specially written for us, but that's a secret for now so forget we mentioned that.



Monday, 17 September 2018

More Magnificent Men United


It’s just under three weeks to go before our Big Gig and Workshop to celebrate our (first) 10 years of peddling our unique brand of #altmvc Male Voice Choral singing...
And now we would like to invite you to join them on Magnificent Mystery Tour to help us be part of a fantastic community even we are planning with a MASSIVE workshop and Gala performance at the beautiful St George’s Hall, just off Park Street in Bristol.
Our aim is to get as many singers together for a huge workshop in the afternoon where some of the most respected singing leaders in the West will be teaching songs to the assembled throng.
This will be followed by a Gala concert in the evening to include appearances by some leading choirs in Bristol and culminate in a performance by The Magnificent AK47 themselves, topped off by the workshop attendees singing the songs they learnt earlier in the day. You and your friends could be there in the audience or even one of the singers taking part on stage! 
More info on our  website at http://themagnificentak47.com/ or get your ticket now from the St George's Hall Box office at https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/event/men-united/ or you can hear our Belovéd ChoirMeister espousing the virtues of the event in person on this short, but perfectly formed, video clip.


We very much look forward to seeing you there.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Joining us for Men United are... Bristol Man Chorus


Somewhat uncharacteristically un-humbl-y of us, we’d like to think that The Magnificent AK47 and BlokeFest played a not insignificant part in the formation of Bristol Man Chorus…

Back in 2015, Sam Burns, the energetic and inspirational founding force behind Bristol Man Chorus, was invited to lead a workshop at BlokeFest where he taught the stirring “Blood and Gold” in a way that roused the spirits of the assembled throng and gave Sam a taste of how spine-tingling working with just male voices could be.  

He enjoyed the experience so much that he was himself inspired to set up his own Man Group.

And what an inspired move that was!  Since their inception in January 2016 the group has gone from strength to strength.  They have performed at a hugely impressive array of events, in the Colston Hall, the Hippodrome, St Georges, the Old Vic, St Albans, the M-Shed, SS Great Britain, Southmead Hospital & multiple strange outdoor locations including the Portway & Staple Hill Tunnel. 

Their repertoire includes Mighty Male Voice classics from the Land of the Dragon, Georgian laments to make the very stones weep, Vintage Barbershop cheese (tempered with a small pinch of cheek & salt!) and also contemporary works, spirituals, shanties & odes to facial hair of course!

As if that wasn’t enough, Sam also runs the might Gurt Lush, one of the largest and most popular choral groups in the land.

We are so looking forward to the workshop and main evening event to hear these guys in action and mingle with some of our “Brothers in song”.

Find out more about this amazing group via https://www.bristolmanchorus.com/ and their YouTube Channel.

To be part of what should be an amazing event combining the talents of Bristol Man Chorus and many others, visit https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/event/men-united/ to get your tickets, or have a quick watch of our promo video, then head to https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/event/men-united/ (hard sell, but we don't want people to miss out!).










Thursday, 13 September 2018

Phenomenal fund raising success


Some might view it as a bit of a dodgy looking exchange of an envelope containing a large amount of cash, but it is all "legit", as a beaming Andy E hands over the monies raised at the Whisky/Whiskey Appreciation evening that he organised a couple of weeks back.

Receiving the donation on behalf of Swindon Prostate Cancer Support Group is our very own Geoff S, who has had a "brush" with the illness and is now quite active in this local group to help other sufferers.

Amazing £500 was raised in the one night from the donations of the evening's attendees, through fees and fines as Judge John G presided over the assembly and passed his "summary high justice" to extract monies for "heinous crimes" too numerous, humerous or libelous to recollect in public.

A tremendous effort in aid of a good cause that we will be continuing to support with our Big Gig and joint venture with Prostate Cancer UK at our Men United event in St George's Hall, Bristol.  Hear all about it from Chris Samuel, our belovéd ChoirMeister in our promo video.







Monday, 10 September 2018

Promo video for Men United

We have a nifty little video to help let people know about our Big Gig celebrating 10 years of Magnificentness and raising awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer UK at St George's Hall in Bristol on Saturday 6th October.


 


We hope you like it and just to emphasise the Workshop AND Show are open to ALL singers & audience of ALL types who enjoy singing in the lower registers.

For more details at http://themagnificentak47.com/ or go straight to https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/event/men-united/.



Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Rocking the world with a Choir


Interesting to catch "Rock Choir" being featured heavily on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show this morning and how it came about and has spread like wild fire throughout the land.

We know some of our blokes (re)started their singing their before seeking lower tones of the "poster boys of BlokeSong" and their many mini man-adventures.

Hear some of the show at https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/p06kb579 and come along to our very own event to get people singing, the Magnificent MASSIVE Man-sing in alternative way.




Saturday, 1 September 2018

Celebrating World Beard Day Quiz


In honour of World Beard Day, we thought you might like a little, light-hearted quiz to celebrate the fact that according to https://worldbeardday.com/ it is "celebrated annually on an international level with people from every nation and continent gathering together with their beards".

"On World Beard Day, it is customary for the bearded members of a family to relax and partake in no jobs or chores. The beardless members of the family traditionally show their support by waiting on the bearded hand and foot".   Well, most of us can but dream... to be able to grow beards worthy of such adulation...!

And to the quiz...  

Can you spot the Odd Man Out on row 1 and why?




Which one of the purveyors of these fine beards on Row #2 is "Living the dream"?


Answer revealed in the next exciting instalment.  Or if you can't wait, turn your computer or SmartDevice upside down to reveal the answers.






Friday, 31 August 2018

Magnificent Men United


It’s hard to believe, but The Magnificent AK47, the singing blokes from Ashton Keynes and surrounding area, have been together for over a decade...
And now they would like to invite you to join them on Magnificent Mystery Tour to help them celebrate their (first) ten years with a MASSIVE workshop and Gala performance at the beautiful St George’s Hall, just off Park Street in Bristol.
The aim is to get as many singers together for a huge workshop in the afternoon where some of the most respected singing leaders in the West will be teaching songs to the assembled throng.
This will be followed by a Gala concert in the evening to include appearances by some leading choirs in Bristol and culminate in a performance by The Magnificent AK47 themselves, topped off by the workshop attendees singing the songs they learnt earlier in the day. You and your friends could be there in the audience or even one of the singers taking part on stage! 
More info on our main website at http://themagnificentak47.com/ or get your ticket now from the St George's Hall Box office at https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/event/men-united/.


Friday, 24 August 2018

Brilliant Folk East - one week on


One week on and we are still struggling to return to our humdrum 21st Century lives after such a FAB-U-LUS weekend at Folk East 2018.

Favourite moments??  So, so many, but here is a selection in picture form and let us indulge in a little list:

  1. Being able to get in and out of the site so easily
  2. All the decorations around the site 
  3. The lights in the woods
  4. Serenading Poppy in the archway in the woods 
  5. The Young'uns & Show of Hands
  6. Really decent Beer at £3 a pint!
  7. The Sutton Hoo replica longboat
  8. Singing on the MAIN stage!
  9. Singing round the site
  10. The Sing Like a Bloke Workshop with "Invading Vikings"
  11. The Thank You serenading of principal organiser Becky who invited us in the first place
  12. The fantastic vibe from everyone
Any more?  Maybe later...


Monday, 20 August 2018

Folk East - Folking Brilliant



This highly apt sign was spotted at the rather wonderful Folk East Festival we had the honour of being invited to sing at and had the immense pleasure to attend.

Loads more moments and memories can be found on our Facebook and Twitter pages of another truly MAGNIFICENT weekend away.

Thanks to all who made it possible and to the WAFFs (Wives and Friends + Family) who joined us for such a grand craic.



Thursday, 16 August 2018

600 up!

If you will indulge us briefly, we would like to take a moment to wallow in a little bit of nostalgia and reflect on how amazed we are that something that started out as a small piece of the InterWebSphere has grown into a monster archive of all things Magnificent!  

So, let us celebrate....



When flicking back through (the first) 600 posts it is hard to take in all the amazing mini Man-moments that we have had over our (first) 10 years of Magnificentness.  Who would have thought that a workshop at the 2008 Ashton Keynes Music Festival on a June Saturday would have resulted in so many, many hours of fun and camaraderie for so many blokes for so many years, and so many of those moments captured to share across the Internetsphere.

So, without further ado, here are some of our highlights, in no particular order or rhyme or reason other than they represent a small smattering of, er, representative moments we have had through the years.  


Starting with a random collection, in clockwise order from the top left, our first "Where were you when" post, our Belovéd ChoirMeister in the Grauniad musing about how hard it is to #getmensinging if they are not in The Magnificent AK47, one of our best April 1st Spoofs - The Magnificent AKtion Man, our first Wold Tour, our 2nd Hammerman Tour, our biggest gig so far at Colston Hall, recording our first "proper" recording, The Roundhouse Double-Date, and our first team photo in our first T-shirts.




Which can be found (in no discernible order) at 




Next up we have our some other landmarks on the Blog, 200 posts, 301, celebrating 100 posts in 2015 and the brilliant year that was 2017








Closely followed by a great feature that seems to have lapsed somewhat after being very prevalent on blog in earlier years, "Where were you when" - we might have to revive this...






Now we come to our recordings.  Did you know we have THREE CDs worth of material?  Possibly an increasingly outdated unit of measure, but nonetheless a good yard stick for a group of our nature to say we've been around a bit and know a few songs and captured them for generations to come, as long as they have CD players... Brilliant artwork...



See http://themagnificentak47.blogspot.com/2015/11/magnificent-monumental.html and 


And finally, our TOURs, a few days together, long enough to get to know each other  that little bit better, short enough to not be too long that we get sick of the site of each other and SUCH BRILLIANT FUN.

Who can forget our First Mini-Tour in Cornwall where the biggest complaint was that we were having too much fun/food and too good a time (!), our visit to #MagnificentDerry where we were so welcomed and had such a grand craic that we were awarded the "Audience Award", a title specially invented for us, and our second Tour to Cornwall where we dueted with Gulls and sung our own version of "Nothing like a dame" back to back completely unbeknownst to the other group, or our time in #MagnificentCork where we captured their hearts as the spirit of the Festival and won yet another award????





#MagnificentTimes

A final thought, thank to CeeJay for setting it up in the first place and to the Magnificent Mysterious BlogMeister for maintaining this with such ludicrous dedication.