Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Centenary up for a Magnificent year

It has been a truly Magnificent year, even by our modest standards, and one which we would now like to celebrate through the medium of words and pictures.

Early on in the year we ventured through the dark of a January day up to "The London" for the first gathering of choirs for the "Voices Now" Festival at the very, very famous London Roundhouse.  We ventured back there for the main shows several months later and in our humble opinion (and others...), stole a large part of the Saturday and Sunday night shows whilst wandering around Camden market and having a blast of a time.

Here are some photos to prove it.  If you click on them you will get a slightly larger format to see more of the dark details.  

From top left then snaking left in the middle then right on the last row, DR Sweeney acts as our tour guide, a view of the assembled choirs in the Roundhouse, on stage with the amazing Sam Burns of Gurt Lush, the blokes waiting around to go on Radio 3's The Choir program and sing live, blokes posing in a fancy dress shop, another view of the Roundhouse all lit up, the big banner on the outside, then more blokes posing, armbands to prove it did happen, even if it was all too much for some!

Another major highlight was our very first Tour to amazingly sunny Cornwall, and what a great time was had by all - the loudest complaint was by a certain individual that he had nothing to complain about apart from having too good a time!

A very BIG THANKS to all our friends down there who made it possible and the organizers who, er, organized it all so amazingly well, even the weather.

From top left snaking to the bottom, blokes assemble at AK Village Hall, Mr Samuel quite literally leads the choir from the pulpit, blokes test their (alcohol impaired) skills back at the Barn, Little Chris and Big Alan, the blokes warm up at St Mabyn, Little Chris and Big Banner in tour van, Cyril and Percy the other gnomes who survived the trip, packing our pirate pants + ear plugs, the blokes in the evening in the barn with Judge John holding court, and blokes on a Cornish cliff top walk over looking Tintagel.

And a few other things happened during the rest of the year, from top left weaving round, blokes get a big hand at one of our many sell out shows, many assemble for the Axis of Spook at Bristol's Colston Hall, the CartoonMeister emerges to unleash his inner cartoonist, Blokes from across the country bump into each other at gigs and buy each other pints, Bill the arch ArtMeister gets his very own beer, best ever BlokeFest!, we release our second CD the rather good "Monumental" with stunning artwork, Bill strikes again with a re-vamped website, further proof that we went to Stonehenge, and sang in a tipi, and were a hit with the ladies in dingy pubs across the land! 

Re-live other dates here and here or just browse back through the pages of this blog.

So that was 2015 summed up, and here's to 2016 which is starting to shape up nicely but still with a few free slots if you want to engage us - but book early as you can see from our Upcoming Dates page

A great BIG THANKS to all who make it possible, especially those who beaver around in the background making it all happen.  We know who they are and value them very greatly.

P.S.  And well done to the BlogMeister for managing to squeeze in ONE HUNDRED posts in a single year.  An indication of all the great stuff that surrounds this quite remarkable group.


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