Sunday, 7 October 2018

Magnificent Blokes


A very BIG THANK YOU to all who made our Magnificent Man-Sing for Men United such a special event yesterday.  

The large numbers who turned up for the workshop and the enthusiasm of the audience for a wide range of male vocal talent will be a treasured memory amongst so many.

Till the next time...!


Saturday, 6 October 2018

TODAY is the Magnificent MASSIVE Man-sing



The time has finally come to celebrate singing in lower registers - there may well be some tickets still available at https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/event/men-united/ if you haven't got yours already for what should be a great day for all involved.

And for the final time, hear more about what is shaping up to be an awesome event of singing in lower registers in this helpful video.





Friday, 5 October 2018

Magnificent MASSIVE Man-Sing - 1 more sleep


Spookyness, Magnificents and so much more - our Magnificent MASSIVE Man-sing is going to be a real feast of singing in the lower registers and features such a fabulous array of vocal talent and is  only one sleep away now!

Looking forward to seeing all our friends, old and new, on the day.  Tickets still just about available from https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/event/men-united/ - but not for long!

Hear more about what is shaping up to be an utterly awesome event of singing in lower registers in this helpful video.




Magnificent Men United with added Spookyness


He is calling you to be at the Magnificent MASSIVE Man-sing... he is the prophet who sings with lower registers, he is Bah'ri Ghibb??  

Not quite...  For anyone who has been interested in Georgian-inspired polyphonic male harmony singing these past 10 or more years or festival goers around the country will instantly recognise this fellow - he is the SpookMeister himself, leader of The Spooky Men's Chorale, the granddaddy of BlokeSong, Mr Stephen Taberner - and he is rumoured to be appearing at our event this Saturday.

Tickets are still available from https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/event/men-united/ - but hurry, not long left now!

Hear more about what is shaping up to be an utterly awesome event of singing in lower registers in this helpful video.





Thursday, 4 October 2018

Passing the baton


A somewhat nervous looking "Young Geoff" (but he's never good in photos...) receiving the baton from "Our Gar" as the "March 4 Marcher" hands over to the "March 2 Men United" walkers.  

The route looks something like this:

  

Thursday 4th Oct - Ashton Keynes, The White Hart Inn to Rattlebone Inn, Sherston - approx 17 miles
Setting off around 9am the planned route heads towards Crudwell to pick up the historic Fosse Way as early as possible finishing with a detour off that famous route to refill water bottles and finish the day at The Rattlebone Inn, Sherston

Friday 5th Oct - Rattlebone Inn, Sherston to Bristol & Bath Railway Path 
- approx 16 miles
Returning from their overnight recuperation the blokes intend to set off again to get a good full day's yomp to the outskirts of Bristol with an overnight stay with fellow choir members.

Saturday 6th Oct - Bristol & Bath Railway Path to St George's Hall
- approx 6 miles - starting 9am 
Walking along the impressively renovated route from the outskirts of Bristol to St George's Hall and fitting in a decent lunch to ensure they are able to fully enjoy the workshop and very special Gala Evening event.

Come and join us for the last leg from The Bridge Pub at 9am on Saturday 6th Oct - there is parking there but you will need to sort any logistics yourself.

Find out more and about how you can donate at https://themagnificentak47.blogspot.com/p/march-to-men-united.html

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Bloke


Amongst many of the topics that get discussed by the members of The Magnificent AK47 is the eternal question "what does it mean to be a bloke in the 21st century?"  This is a broad and at times challenging topic area for all concerned, save to say that we value being a "good bloke" above many other aspects.

And, without spoiling the surprise too much, we have a new song specially commissioned and written for us by that highly talented Mr Roger Jackson that explores many of these topics with some fiendish precision.  Providing we have mastered the "intentionally tricky harmonies" it should receive its world premier at our Big Gig this weekend.  We hope you can be there to witness this landmark moment.

Hear more about what is shaping up to be an awesome event of singing in lower registers in this helpful video.







Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Make the Blokes' dreams come true...

The Magnificent VideoMeisters have been at it again with a full "Disney" Production to celebrate the Blokes' up-coming "Big Gig" - watch it in all its Technicolour glory.


And if you like videos, watch our promo about what is shaping up to be an awesome event of singing in lower registers in this helpful video.




Monday, 1 October 2018

Front page news!


It's not every day we have a "first time ever" moment, but to have two in one go is a little special, even for us...

Whilst it might not exactly be a top story outside of our spiritual home of Ashton Keynes, we are still none the less very chuffed to be one of the big stories on the front of this month's newly revamped, and highly revered Village Magazine, AND our flyer is also the very first insert they have ever done... just like being in the Sunday papers!

Thank you to all in the Editorial Team who indulged us with a two page spread and to everyone in the Distribution Team who kindly inserted the flyers to drop out into around 500 households in the area.

Still time to hear more about our big event for singing in lower registers via this helpful video.





Sunday, 30 September 2018

Joining us for Men United are... The Raff Pack




The Raff Pack formed in 2016 as the blokey spin-off to Riff Raff, a Bristol-based pop and rock community choir. They sing in venues all over the city, and are easily spotted by their bright orange, red and pink shirts and miscellaneous hats. They mostly sing pop and rock music a capella, though have been known to do sea shanties and the occasional jazz crooner.

They are lead by Doug V. Watt, a conductor, singer and arranger from Bristol.  He is Co-Founder of the Bristol Show Choir, Musical Director for the Posset Singers of Portishead, Conductor for Blackbird Early Years Music Choir, and runs Penny Brohn Community Choir.  As well as conducting, he can be seen as one of the Roaring Trowmen, a Bristol-based Sea Shanty group, and as a Tenor in barbershop quartet ‘Frumenti’.

Doug was also made a great impression at his debut appearance at BlokeFest 2018 where he lead one of the workshops and walked away as the very deserved winner of the "Tonsorial Titan Challenge" (o.k.a the Best Beard competition).

In case you haven't alreadly, hear more about what is shaping up to be an awesome event of singing in lower registers in this helpful video.







Saturday, 29 September 2018

Men United on BBC Radio Bristol


Geoff S and Neil B flanking Ali Vowles after their fun time on BBC Radio Bristol this morning.  

Listen to the interview.



And in case you haven't already, hear more about what is shaping up to be an awesome event of singing in lower registers in this helpful video.





Saturday Breakfast with Ali Vowles



By the time you read this, two of our intrepid blokes will be just about to go on the wireless on BBC Radio Bristol's Saturday Breakfast Show with one Ali Vowles.

She's a brave lady taking on interviewing these blokes so early on a Saturday morning... let's just hope they will be awake enough after their early start venturing down from Ashton Keynes way!

Tune in at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06kvpgv or you could even use your radio for you techno-laggards!



Friday, 28 September 2018

BBC Music Day - Get Singing!



A great idea from the BBC to celebrate the power of music and the amazing role it plays in our lives, BBC Music Day.

Lots to look at and be inspired, talking of which, why not be inspired to come to our Workshop on Saturday 6th as part of our Magnificent MASSIVE Man-Sing for Men United to raise a voice and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK at St George's Hall in Bristol.  Get your tickets here.  It's open to ALL singers of ALL types who enjoy singing in lower registers.

Hear more about what is shaping up to be an awesome event of singing in lower registers in this helpful video.






Thursday, 27 September 2018

Joining us for Men United are... The Gasmen Collective



Formed from a bunch of guys involved with Bristol's highly influential Gasworks Choir, the Gasmen Collective have only been in existence for just around a year now but have already built up a strong reputation for the quality of their singing and depth of their repertoire.

But how did they come about.....?

One evening in 2017, Jess Broderick, top graduate from Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts’ LIPA, co-founder and director of Bristol Show Choir and Gasworks Choir and all round musical star, was getting a lift home after a practice with a couple of Gasworks Choir singers.  The guys popped a question that had been kicking around for a while, would Jess take on the job of Musical Director for a new, larger version of a Bristol men’s group that had been singing for some years but had recently called it a day: The Gasmen?  Stunned briefly, Jess chewed it over for a day or two then, happily for all concerned, said: ‘Yes!’ 

Talks about talks were convened. Songs performed in living rooms. Ideas explored. And after a recruitment drive, the newly enlarged Gasmen Collective finally came together at the start of 2018. Its mission: to have fun performing an eclectic acappella mix at gigs of all shapes and sizes. Jess sources as well as arranges material – and somehow manages to keep this very chatty bunch of middle-aged men in order… 


And we are delighted to have them on board for our Men United event this coming Saturday 6th October in St George's Hall - tickets still available for both the Workshop and the Gala Concert but starting to disappear from https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/event/men-united/.

Hear more about what is shaping up to be an awesome event of singing in lower registers in this helpful video.










Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Poster boys of Prostate Cancer UK


As featured on the Prostate Cancer UK facebook page, for all the right reasons, even if we would rather not have to be there because of the trauma one of our blokes has been through, but hopefully we can do our little bit to raise awareness and help others get life saving treatment in time.

See https://www.facebook.com/prostatecanceruk/ for the post but more importantly see https://prostatecanceruk.org to learn what you can to do help prevent further this disease.

One of those things would be to visit our "March 2 Men United" page to learn about how some of our blokes are going that extra mile (40 in fact!) to help and how you could donate.




Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Unleashing the inner "Window Dresser"


When the call went out at our recent workshop for any experienced "Window Dressers" within the group to reveal their talent and be pressed into action, strangely for once the Blokes were somewhat silent...

On further in-depth analysis of life histories it was discovered that one of the Blokes was married to a lady who had once been employed by a clothing retailer to be a "Show Window Specialist", so this was near enough and the fellow was duly volunteered as Honourary Magnificent WindowDressingMeister, with all the glories of that sort of office.

And what fine results now adorn our village shop raising awareness of our various nefarious activities!


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/.