Thursday, 6 June 2019

Rattlebone Postponed



Sadly despite it being a lovely late Spring day today the anticipation is that it is going to proverbially rain cats and dogs and possible frogs tomorrow so as the gig was due to be conducted largely in the Open Air the decision has been taken to cancel our scheduled performance due to or owing to the bad weather forecast*.

Sorry about that.

* any grammarians care to enter into a convoluted debate about the good/ungood aspects of the previous sentences will be encouraged to fill the time we would have otherwise spent singing...


Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Returning to Rattlebone


They say "never, go back, never seek to repeat your previous glories", well we ask, "what to 'they' know?"!

It's a cracking good pub, we had a lovely time when we first performed there, they clearly enjoyed us because they've asked back (and they didn't have to!), it's not too far away, and they serve quality food and ales...

What's not to like?

Even the weather might have perked up by the time we get there to lower the tone - https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/forecast/gcnmtd84t#?nearestTo=Sherston&date=2019-06-07.



Friday, 31 May 2019

Magnficent Pewsey



Reports have come back of a rather splendid time that was recently had in Pewsey in aid of fund raising for a local charity.

Photographic evidence has emerged, but accurate memories are still a little "hazy" so it may take another posting to fully surface, but suffice to say "a Magnificently good time was had by all"...!

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

High jinks and low notes



They're at it again... The Magnificent AK47, singing in alehouses across Pewsey?  In aid of raising funds for a well known local charity?  

With their reputation...? 

Whatever next?  

A darn good night out for one and all in aid of a good cause by the sound of it...

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Didn't we have a loverly time, the day we went to... Portsmouth!


To misquote the bards of Fiddler's Dram, didn't we have a loverly time, the day we went to... Portsmouth!  A Grand Day was had by all the blokes, so much so that we have even made a short video to commemorate the day for your delight and edification of what goes on during these sort of days - all wholesome fun and much singing, in case you don't to see for yourself, but it would be nice if you do have a watch, it's not that long and very tuneful!

As has been said before in many emails, thanks to all who made it possible and all the blokes who made it such brilliant fun.

Click on the image or follow the link here to the video and enjoy the moment.


Thursday, 2 May 2019

Portsmouth Ho! We're bound for South, South England



We hereby give fair warning that our multi-award winning blokes will be invading the world famous docklands of Portsmouth this coming Saturday, singing near the water, on the water, and possibly under the water.

Our multi-hatted singing machine will wend its way from South South Gloucestershire & North North Wiltshire and is scheduled to pop into the following locations throughout the day

HMS Alliance, Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport
Waterbus to Portsmouth
HMS Warrior & HMS Victory, National Museum for the Royal Navy
Only "The" Mary Rose
Curry at TJ Mahal, Southsea
Then for some "Afters" at the Barley Mow,
39 Castle Road Southsea PO5 3DE where we will be joined by some singing friends


Please warn anyone you know in the vicinity. 

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Top night in AK topping £1,000 raised


A Big thank you to everyone who made our return to the Ashton Keynes Village Hall such a HUGE success with well over £1,000 raised towards the funds to repair the hall floor.

It was an emotional evening for many of us, not having sung in front of a paying audience in the hall for more years than we can remember, but the blokes sounded on top form, in part because of the inspiring performance given by our fellow Ashton Keynes singers, the lovely ladies from Siren Sisters.

And what troopers they are!  They were missing one of their regular members and then on the day one of their key ladies was too poorly to perform, but the remaining Sirens still managed to pull out a superb set of close harmony and vibrant vocals, ably assisted by Heather Milnes on piano and with a guest slot from Caroline Harper singing a spine-tingling version of Skyfall.

The hall was rammed, the bar was busy and the "Afters" Pub Singing was one of the best and longest for quite a while.

A final thanks to all who came along to support us and to the Village Hall Team who beavered away behind the scenes.

All in all a rather Magnificent evening.  

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Village Hall Gig tonight SOLD OUT



Just to let anyone interested know that tonight's concert by The Magnificent AK47 & Siren Sisters in aid of the Village Hall Floor Repair fund is SOLD OUT.

If you are lucky enough to have a ticket, please note the performance is due to start around 8pm but the Doors (and bar!) will be open from 7:15pm onwards.

Also, fair warning that there may be some singing Afters in The White Hart following the show...

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Selling out with Siren Sisters


We are very pleased to say that we have very, very nearly sold out the Ashton Keynes Village Hall Floor Fund Raising gig two days ahead of the event.

There are only a few tickets left online and will be operating a waitlist when they are gone in case any become available.

Here's to another great night celebrating our community with two top talents from the village.

See if you can still be one of the lucky ones by scooting over to http://www.themagnificentak47.com/tickets.html.


Friday, 29 March 2019

Sassparella tonight!


And a final reminder that we will be performing in that there Bath with the very delightful Sassparella in a return return match.   

We sang with them in this venue a couple of years ago and everyone enjoyed the event so much that they wanted to do it again in The Sundial (https://themagnificentak47.blogspot.com/2017/11/sparkling-sassparella-and-magnificent.html) and everyone enjoyed the event so much that they wanted to do it again again!  

So, we look forward to Saturday's event and what happens next.

Some tickets still available last we heard - enquire via https://sassparella.net/.



Gulls done good!


It was great to be in the Tetbury Goods Shed, back by popular demand, last Saturday, with a pretty much packed out theatre and very appreciative audience.  It is a lovely place to sing and a really great team running the place, full of very enthusiastic staff who really got into the "Magnificent Mood" (as you can see below).


And it was particularly lovely to be singing with the ladies from The Gulls, all the way from darkest Kernow - they are a joy to behold with their self-proclaimed love of singing together as a tight nit group.  Their self-penned "Handbags are a girl's best friend" being a particular highlight amongst many others.   We are already looking forward to singing again with them down in Cornwall the next time we venture down there.

Wishing them all our Magnificent Love as they were touched by sad news on the Sunday, but we are sure their spirit will carry them through - till the next time ladies, we raise a glass (or two) to your good health! 



Johnny Coppin Says


A "brilliant Wiltshire choir"?  That's very nice to hear, as are we on occasion... 

We've always said he's got great taste that Johnny Coppin.  Read more about the fella at https://www.facebook.com/johnnycoppin/posts/2359611714267809?__tn__=K-R

Friday, 22 March 2019

Friends of Fisherman's Friends special Friends


With due deference to the original film that has just come out this week, we would like to stake a tenuous claim to fame about the story of Fisherman's Friends, given that we have bumped into several of them on our various trips to Cornwall and will be singing with The Gulls (who also hail from Port Isaac and have a more than passing acquaintance with the nautical singers) this coming Saturday night at the Tetbury Goods Shed.

In honour of this tenuous link, a bunch of us ventured to one of the Cinema Houses in Swindon to watch the film and the general consensus was that it is a really loving homage to the fine fellow from Kernow and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.  Roll on our next visitation down there!


Here you can see Neil B + Geoff S + Mark T resplendent in their Magnificent T-Shirts, with Geoff admiring the selection of overpriced confectionary / displaying his Tour T-Shirt from the last time we visited.

A dwindling number of tickets to see us in action with The Gulls are available at https://shed-arts.co.uk/event/the-magnificent-ak47-with-port-isaacs-gulls/.

P.S. Thanks to our ArtMeister for the Magnificentyfied image of the original promo for the film.



Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Gulls Ahoy!


We probably ought to mention the fact that we are in action again with the very lovely The Gulls from down Kernow way this coming weekend over in the very lovely Tetbury Goods Shed and then afterwards in the Bar of the very handily close Royal Oak http://theroyaloaktetbury.co.uk/ for a bit of "Afters".

We believe some tickets are still available via https://shed-arts.co.uk/event/the-magnificent-ak47-with-port-isaacs-gulls/ where it clearly states 'Back by Popular Demand the Magnificent AK 47' and follows up with 'Original, eclectic material, songs of life and love, often with hilarious laughter and just a touch of amateur dramatics guaranteed to put a smile on your face, the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and leave you with tears of joy and empathy towards the rigours of being a new age man in the 21st Century.'  

Sounds rather good!

Hope to see you there.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Fabulous Lansdown


Stroud... fabulous, quirky place, full of choirs and singers.  Lansdown Hall... fabulous performance space in the heart of Stroud, full of audience.  What a fabulous evening in a fabulous space full of fabulous people!

We had a full house with a very appreciative audience for our second gig of the year, and a more than half decent performance from the blokes, even though we didn't say so ourselves because lots of people there said it for us.

All topped off by more than some half decent "Afters" and a particularly appreciated few jugs of ale from the landlady to appreciate our singing.

All in all, a fabulous night out for all.


Sunday, 17 February 2019

Roll up to Lansdown!


A gentle reminder that we are back in action this coming Friday night in the lovely Lansdown Hall in that there People's Republic of Stroud, to serenade the locals with our tall tales of daring-do and metaphor-laden angst about so-called masculinity in the modern age.

Prepared to be moved to tears, hopefully for good reasons of mirth or melancholy and at the right moments, so please bring your own hankie and we look forward to providing you with much thought-provoking entertainment and rich, manly harmonies from across the border with North North Wiltshire.

Tickets can still be purchased from http://www.themagnificentak47.com/tickets.html but are of limited supply so don't leave it till too late to secure yours.

The sound of Singing in the Shed



Listen and marvel at the sound of a few dozen blokes singing a piece they learnt literally minutes before at this year's "Singing in the Shed" and prepared to be moved by the loveliness of the heartfelt harmony.

Some of you might recognise one or two familiar faces from the ranks of The Magnificent AK47 and other well known choral groups that have been known to congregate at the rather wonderful BlokeFest.

Click on the link above or visit https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZUNpoQoRYmU or click here to visit the BlokeFest Videos gallery to judge for yourself.

Friday, 8 February 2019

Singing in the Shed 2019


Today is the day a few of our blokes will be venturing Northwards for the first time this year for a singing weekend, but hopefully not the last... next time it will be "proper" Up North at BlokeFest (Up North) http://www.blokefest.net/.

They are on their way to the third "Singing in the Shed", erstwhile gentlemen's singing weekend inside a bit shed - more info can be found at https://www.facebook.com/singingintheshed.

Don't forget to pack your copy of the BlokeFest MAN-ual, currently available for download from http://www.blokefest.net/more-stuff.html#manual to help you remember all those songs to sing!

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Didn't we have a loverly time, the day we went to Hullavington


A belated thank you to all who braved a pretty chilly night to get to Hullavington Village Hall, but inside there was a very warm reception for our motley band of scurvy dogs, even when we tried to squeeze in "off to the Hullavington Arms" into what normally only scans into two syllables!

The audience were a lovely lot and very appreciative and we were duly appreciative of their appreciation - big love in all round really.  Nice early start to the gigging year.

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Back in the saddle... Boot Camp time again


With our first gig of 2019 literally hours away now, it's back in the saddle for the Blokes to re-visit their finest works from 2018 getting them honed for the New Year.

To start with, we have our Boot Camp on Sunday 6th in the Ashton Keynes School Hall starting for 10:30am till later.  Blokes to bring their own refreshments and enthusiasm for a flying start to the New Year!


Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Hullava start to the year - a gig in Hullavington


It's an early start to the gigging season, but hopefully we can find a forgiving audience in the Village Hall of Hullavington in Northish Wiltshire, not so far away from our birthplace of Ashton Keynes, although many Magnificent AK47 aficionados could argue that Hullavington place a not insignificant role in the group's actual genesis...  It's a bit of a shaggy dog story, as the saying goes, but bear with us a moment or two, and we'll explain.

Legend has it that back in 2007 a villager from Ashton Keynes was attending the Sidmouth Folk Week and was persuaded by his wife to attend the "Best of the Festival" intro show whereupon they witnessed the sonic and visual marvel that is The Spooky Men's Chorale.  Once recovered from the initial impact, the pair ventured to the official "CD signing session" (remember CDs?) and struck up a conversation with a fellow who claimed to come from a place called Hullavington... other conversations ensued and lives were changed by what eventually morphed into The Magnificent AK47.

Anyway, not to distract you further, but more tales will be told at the actual show, so without further ado, here's a direct link to purchase your tickets for the event and we hope to see you there.