Friday, 13 July 2018

All aboard! Don't miss the Big Gig!


Don't be like these chaps, late and (possibly) running for the wrong train - get yourselves organised as there is still just about time to get your tickets for our Big Gig of the mid-summer 

Tickets are still available from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/wessex-male-choir and we hope to see you there for a cracking show.

And don't worry, it is after the Association Football World Cup 3rd Place Play-off featuring the English team, so no real excuse to miss out on what should be a fascinating evening's entertainment.



Thursday, 12 July 2018

It's coming home, it's coming home, Singing's coming home


So, the dream of the Association Football team of England triumphing at a World Cup has come to an end for another generation, but don't be sad it's all over, be glad it happened.  

And if that does not quite console you enough then come and join our winning team as The Magnificent AK47 go head to head, song for song, with the rather splendid Wessex Male Choir at STEAM, in the heart of Swindon's heritage quarter this coming Saturday (yes, right after the 3rd Place Play-off match in case you need further consoling or are celebrating!).

Tickets are still available from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/wessex-male-choir and we hope to see you there for a cracking evening.



Tuesday, 10 July 2018

"A once in a generation moment"?



There is a lot of talk about "once in a generation moment", er, at the moment... something to do with an Association Football match of national importance??

Well, surely that pales into insignificance compared with the "once in a generation moment" of two of the top male voiced choirs in the county, nay, country coming to sing together this Saturday?!

And it will be a football free evening, so no excuses and even more reason to venture to http://www.wessexmalechoir.co.uk/tickets and find out for yourself how it pans out, by being there yourself so in years to come you can say "I was there" at that special moment for BlokeSong and alternative mvc.




Sunday, 24 June 2018

All aboard for STEAM


We are very excited to entice you all aboard for a big show at STEAM with the Wessex Male Voice Choir.  This will be a unique show with two of the top male voiced choral groups in the county, nay, England, joining together in a location that has cultural heritage importance at a global level.   Not bad for a bunch of blokes form North North Wiltshire!

Full details can be found via their site at http://www.wessexmalechoir.co.uk/tickets.





Friday, 22 June 2018

Shiver me timbers! Rattle me bones!


Fair warning to the land lubbers of Sherston that those infamous scurvy dogs of BlokeSong and #altmvc will be sailing into their community this coming Friday 29th June.

Expect much singing and much ale quaffing in such a convivial establishment - get there early to find a space.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Blokeingly BRILLIANT BlokeFest


A picture says it all - can you spot the Magnificent Blokes intermingled with BlokeFest Blokes?  A great photo of a great weekend - with due thanks to Mr Hicks and the blokes themselves.


Now back to our humdrum lives... luckily we've got some more gigs coming up to help us through!

Sunday, 10 June 2018

It's beginning to look a lot like... BlokeFest!


To (mis)quote the bard, Michael Bubblé, "It's beginning to look a lot like"... BlokeFest!

That annual event when the clans of BlokeSong gather for some #altmvc alternative Male Voice Choiring activities and general good blokey socialising that was the fruit of some particularly visionary "pub talk" many moons ago.

This year they have blokes coming from all over the British Isles and even the continent to be there and a cracking line up of Workshop Leaders.  So, expect it to go a bit quiet from here for the rest of the week and into next as we prepare and recover from another epic event.

Full details at http://www.blokefest.net.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Happy Birthday Mr Spoons



Wishing one of our most valued and vocal brethren, and possibly one of the nicest chaps you could wish to spend time with, Mr Geoffrey Spooner Esq (on the left), doing one of the things he does best, making friends and brightening up the place wherever he goes, despite trying to come across as a miserable, curmudgeonly old whatsit...!

Happy Birthday Mr Spooner.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

#MagnificentCork momentos


Feeling suitably honoured and proud to be awarded a rather splendid certificate and received a rather lovely letter from the Cork International Choral Festival.  

Not bad for a bunch of blokes from North North Wiltshire...



Friday, 18 May 2018

Celebrating an Unsung Hero



Fascinating fact of the day about an Unsung hero of ours is that apparently today is the day that the world's first lawnmower was manufactured.


And you can hear our ditty that was penned by our belovéd ChoirMeister to celebrate the great man and his many achievements just below.



Enjoy

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Didn't we have a lovely time the day we went to... Upton


"Didn't we have a lovely time the day we went to Bangor Upton,
A beautiful day, we had lunch on the way and all for under a pound you know",

Well not quite... and apologies if we have put that particular "ear worm" of a tune into your brain for the rest of the day!

But despite the financial inaccuracies of that little ditty (and we can't reveal what happened on the way back...) we DID have a lovely time at the Upton-upon-Severn Folk Festival with a bizarre structure dangling over our heads as we performed not one, but two full sets for the good citizens of folkness.  

And a cracking pair of well received performances they were, with a near full house in the evening and much mirth in the shire as we wheeled out the full bandido outfits for Gringo, along with other classics we haven't aired for a little while, such as "The Duct Tape Madrigal".

Thanks to the blokes and our recently inaugurated "WhatsApp channel" (get us) for the snaps that were, er, snapped along the way.



Saturday, 5 May 2018

Can you spot "The Magnificent 1"? + Upton Update


We don't normally encourage this sort of behaviour, but recently a photo came into our possession from a reliable source suggesting we ask the question, "can anyone spot the soon to be member of The Magnificent AK47 in this line up of, er, likely lads?", or words to that effect.

The "friend" of the fellow shall remain nameless (for now) but can YOU name one of our Top Blokes in this photo?  A small prize await the first correct answer not coming from the "friend" or the fellow himself.




*** Upton-upon-Severn Festival UPDATE ON TIMINGS ***
Apparently we were correct in the information we passed on in our last post, but this information has now changed so apparently we are due to be performing at 

Concert in the Parish Church - we are due on stage 14:45

    then

Concert 6PCe 19:45 23:30  in the Parish Church - we are due on stage 20:35 21:25 (unless that has changed too...).   We'll let you know any more as soon as we know ourselves.






Thursday, 3 May 2018

Up and coming at Upton...!



After just enough time to recover from #MagnificentCork (last mention... for now), we are delighted to be performing a little closer to home at one of the biggest local festivals around these parts, down on the banks of the sunny Severn River at the Upton-upon-Severn Folk Festival.

We will be performing not just the once, but at least twice, and who knows how much more depending on the reception and how the ale flows for our non-designated drivers (bless them, they will receive their reward in this life).

Full details can be found at http://www.uptonfolk.org/ and we are scheduled to perform at 

Concert 6PCa 14:45 18:00 in the Parish Church - we are due on stage 17:05 18:00

    then

Concert 6PCe 19:45 23:30  in the Parish Church - we are due on stage 20:35 21:25

Come and say hello if you are going and see probably the greatest exponents of BlokeSong ever to escape North North Wiltshire in action.




Tuesday, 1 May 2018

#MagnificentCork - one long week on

Thank you #MagnificentCork #lovechoral #lovecork!

As we struggle to return to our humdrum lives as "modern" 21st Century blokes, we can only look back on a fantastic few days in #MagnificentCork and once again thank EVERYONE who made is possible and so enjoyable, from the organisers, the fellow attendees, the great people of Cork, our Magnificent Tour Team, our Belovéd ChoirMeister and all the wonderful Blokes on Tour who were such good company.

Here are a few pictorial souvenirs to help re-live the moment and prolong the hazy glow of time well spent as we get back to what passes for normality... before hopefully doing it all again some time soon!


Day One - on way, singing at Cork Airport + "tea time" at the bar.


Day Two  - Exploring Cork by day and by night & pondering tactics before performing to 100 school kids!



Day Three - cultural & historical trip to Cobh and refreshing ourselves before another few bits of singing round the place.


Day Four - more culture and history at the Jameson's Distillery and around Cork galleries and museums before closing the first half at the Gala Performance after picking up another award and leading the craic at the Festival closing party.


Day Five - early start after a late night - luckily no photos appear to have been taken...




Monday, 23 April 2018

#MagnificentCork - Day 4 - The best yet



What a day...! Even by our standards, an absolute astoundingly Magnificent Grand Day at the Cork International Choral Festival.

Great weather + some pottering around Cork, some pottering around Jameson's Distillery + singing in an atrium to an attentive audience + winning the P.E.A.C.E. award (Awarded to the choir that best embraces the spirit of the Festival, and fulfils the intentions of the trophy's benefactors, the P.E.A.C.E. Movement) + being asked to sing with all the proper singers at the grand, last night Gala Performance + leading the singing along at the after Festival party.

Phew, we need a bit of a lie down as we attempt adjust to our humdrum 21st century existences and sort out the tour washing.

Thank you to everybody involved who made it such a brilliant weekend in so many, many ways.  It was a Magnificent craic!


Sunday, 22 April 2018

#MagnificentCork - Day 3


Another almost unbelievably sunny day in #MagnificentCork sees us sight seeing, absorbing culture, history and geography, and singing on a bandstand.



Saturday, 21 April 2018

#MagnificentCork - Day 2


Lots more walking around this lovely city getting our bearings and enjoying the sunshine.  

Midday Concerts to 100 school kids was an interesting experience for both parties.

More stuff to do today, including culture and history and geography.






Friday, 20 April 2018

Thursday, 19 April 2018

It's a long way to... Cork


A final parting thought before the blokes board their plane to voyage across the seas, that you can follow their adventures at these locations during their long weekend of spreading the good notes of BlokeSong at the Cork International Choral Festival on this map below.

More soon, when we reach the other side...!


Mascots are GO!


Big Kevin & Big Bob

It's not just the Blokes that are getting excited, the tour mascots are pretty up for it as well!  Here you can see Big Kevin & Big Bob having their Tour Photos taken looking suitably animated (well, at least Big Bob does...).

So, we wish them safe travels and parting thoughts as the blokes fly across the Irish Sea to represent our small corner of the county.


The singing blokes of Ashton Keynes in North North Wiltshire and beyond
“One of the most exciting choirs in the UK” Matt Swann 2015 Voices Now Festival Director The London Roundhouse

Garlanded with the “Audience Award” at the 2016 City of Derry International Choral Festival

Unlocking the Inner Minstrel by lowering the tone at http://themagnificentak47.com/ since 2008

Delighted to be attending the 2018 Cork International Choral Festival


Blog:  https://themagnificentak47.blogspot.co.uk/
Twitter:  @magnificentak47
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Sorry, but no, we've got to stop being sociable at some point, there's singing to be done!

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

#MagnificentCork



Brace yourself #MagnificentCork - we're heading your way!


The Magnificent AK47 – appearing at the Cork International Choral Festival 2018
Singing away and blazing a trail around the place at these events

See this Google Map https://goo.gl/q8qAQd

The full Festival Programme can be found at https://issuu.com/corkchoralfest/docs/choral_2018_prog_aw_lr1.

And edited Magnificent highlights of the singing are:

Thursday 19th April
Bristol International Airport

Choral Trail: Cork Airport  14:15
Choral Trail: Costigan’s 19:00

Friday 20th April
Choir Meet & Greet: City Hall 11:00
Friendship Concert: Carrigtwohill Community 13:00
Choral Trail: Shelbourne Bar 19:00
Then, open for invitations and any decent offers…

Saturday 21st April
Guest performance:  National competition for Light, Jazz & Popular Music: City Hall 17:15

Choral Trail: Tequila Jacks 18:00
Festival Club: Clayton Hotel 22:30
Then, who knows where else & till what time….

Sunday 22nd April
Afternoons in the Atrium: Clayton Hotel 14:15
Then, open for invitations and any sensible offers

Monday 23rd April
Singing wherever we have the opportunity and with whatever remaining voices we still have!

Should you find any lost Magnificent bloke, please return to
The Maldron Hotel
John Redmond St, Shandon, Cork, T23 A9TF, Ireland
www.maldronhotelshandoncorkcity.com
+353 21 452 9200

Or simply return him to The White Hart Inn, The High Road, Ashton Keynes, North Wiltshire, England.

We are hoping for "quite a time..."

#MagnificentCork #lovechoral #alt.mvc


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Carried on up the Albert - what a cracker


Thank you to everyone at The Prince Albert in Rodborough, P.R. Stroud who made Saturday night such a great gig for us.   What a welcome with all the signs (see our Twitter feed).

A really GREAT venue!

And a great way to set us up for what is to come in the next few days... we're off on Tour again, don't you know - #MagnificentCork International Choral Festival.