The Blyth Power Ashes 2019

What The Ashes Did Next

Hello Everyone.

We are very happy to announce this year's Ashes will be happening on the weekend of 23rd - 26th August, again at The Hunters Inn, Longdon, near Tewkesbury. Well, now we have showers we may never move :)
Morris Dancing and the Ashes Dog Show will all be back, together, we're sure, with a whole host of other ever more unlikely occurrences. There will also be a welcome return of the ukelele workshop with Lawrie. More details and timings on all these to follow.
As usual all kinds of events are planned for the younger brethren among you, with Silver Fox and Bemps continuing to make Storytime an event if they remember and stay sober enough.
Tally Ho! will once more be keeping the less noticing among you abreast of daily happenings thanks to the tireless efforts of our journomonkeys in the back of the van.
Monday will see the return of the Blyth Power Summer Fete, with the much enjoyed tug of war and hopefully ever more unlikely stalls. Expect three legged races, egg and spoon, sack races and the like once again.
This year Ashes Monday will feature Pont Au-Dessus de la Brue plus assorted B sides that didn't make it onto an album. Snappy, eh? We may also have to repeat a couple of singles that we've done on other Mondays, as Blyth songs didn't half used to be a lot shorter!
As last year the pub will be open for food over the course of the weekend, though it does get a lot busier so if you want to eat pleae do book in advance. Opening times for food are Breakfast 9-10.30am, Lunch 12-2.30pm, Dinner 6-9.30pm. There will be a vegan option this year every day.
There will also be the usual outdoor food station, though times for this may vary and of course be more weather dependent.
Entertainment will again run through from Friday evening, throughout Saturday, Sunday and on into Monday. Do camp over until Tuesday. It will be bloody marvellous. As always bring as much firewood as possible for after hours singalongs please.

Ticket cost is £30 all inclusive for the weekend. Which we still happen to think is a pretty good deal for three and a half nights and days of camping and entertainment. As always the event is free for under 18s.

Details of the venue can be found HERE and you can buy tickets through the Shop page. There is a Facebook event page which will keep you up to date with all happenings which can be found HERE

Currently the line up looks rather like this...

FRIDAY
6.00 - 6.30 Mare Former Sturdy Beggar and Eager Beaver Mare is now plugged in and ready to shred, with a collection of tales of love, loss, revenge and regret.
6.40 - 7.10 Tim Holehouse Mutant blues!
7.25 - 7.55 Paul & Wendy Warning Paul sort of plays acoustic guitar and sort of sings, Wendy plays drums and is the smiliest drummer you ever will see
8.10 - 8.50 The Speech Painter With strangely comic, deadly serious, witty and impossible to predict poetry, The Speech Painter has consistently explored and expanded the boundaries of stage poetry.
9.10 - 9.40 Radio KWG Radio KWG is a musical collaboration between guitarist WillB, vocalist Kylie Earl and lyricist Geoff Allnutt bringing you haunting vocals with songs from the road.
10.00 - 10.45 Project Adorno Beat poetry and understated quirky pop songs ranging from the surreal to the downright nonsensical, includes the smell of second-hand books, love affairs with Daleks and photocopiers, and poems about old computer games.
11.00 - 12.00 Wob An astonishingly bouncy talent machine.
SATURDAY
12.00 - 12.40 Jammie Sammy A warped, more depraved version of Phoebe from 'Friends' though much more twisted.
12.45 - 1.15 Teq Teq is back and he’s got a load of new words written. That’s right, a whole new set of material which he’s utterly failing to get to remain in his head. Come hear the one about the beard!
1.30 - 2.00 Too Many Dragons One part post-punk revivalist, one part angsty teenager. Deacon will vocally over dramatise songs with mundane subject matters while Aurora plays guitar instead of her Nintendo Switch for half an hour.
2.10 - 3.00 Short Drag Roger Shanty Crew based in landlocked Charlgrove, Oxfordshire.
3.00 - 6.00 The Blyth Power Ashes Well. It ain't cricket, is it?
6.00 - 6.40 On Trial UK Experimenting with other people's minds, trying to make sense of the dream we are all living....
7.00 - 7.40 The Lovely Brothers A troupe of masked and frenzied fools use their metaphorical whip of parody to deliver satirical melodic surrealism.
8.00 - 8.40 The Metatrons Fuzz pop band from Hitchin in the UK, with songs that jingle, jangle and often go BZZZZZ.
9.00 - 9.40 Dog of Man The sound of the filth stricken basement, fizzing electric accordion and angular guitar together in a glorious cacophony of bitcrushed, ambient and melodic acid-punk that will leave your jaw hanging beside your pasty white ankles.
10.00 - 10.40 The Alcohol Licks Talented, charming and pyjama fixated punk. Splendid!
11.00 - 12.00 Blyth Power Expect dense storytelling and plenty of anachronistic syntax. Perhaps.
SUNDAY
12.00 - 12.40 Blyth Power Matinee with Children's Choir Specially requested matinee for small people and their parents, and anyone else foolish enough to be awake. Katherine's Will and Bind their Kings are the songs for the choir.
1.00 -1.40 All Those Ghastly Cavities Features two real people, a bass guitar, an electric guitar and a loop pedal with limited drum patterns and a big muff pi.Together they make loud bouncy punky noises.
1.50 - 2.30 Doctor Bongo Poet, compere, darling... Top act with a top hat.
2.40 - 3.30 Michael James Parker featuring Yoni Valerian Adventure poet, blazing trails in words on a verbal expedition, returning to the stage and page to share his discoveries. Featuring part political broadcasts from the Tory and Green Parties.
3.40 - 4.20 Paul Eccentric Best known as the mouthy half of dyslexic poetry duo The Antipoet, Paul has no truck with bigots, nazis, supermarkets, the gentry and animal killers. Find out why.
4.30 - 5.10 Rachel Pantechnicon The poet that ate Pam Ayres.
5.25 - 6.05 Mick Tyas & Nick Thompson Beautiful voice, beautiful music, beautiful men.
6.20 - 7.00 The Boatless Maniacs Two man Sea Shanty band, singing the songs that often get swept under life's dusty carpet.
7.20 - 8.00 Commie Faggots Rowdy, joyful protest folk punk, like a drunk acoustic hippy van in a car crash with Chas 'n' Dave's tour bus.
8.15 - 8.55 Pog Electro punk folk shambles from veteran Ashes favourites.
9.10 - 9.50 Verbal Warning The Spirit of '77, with original songs and a few songs from their heroes.
10.05 - 10.45 The Antipoet Dripping with parody, they take poetry to a new level, with performances as memorable as they are hilarious. Sponsored by Haribo.
11.00 - 12.00 Cracktown Because sex sells, dammit! Prepare for them to enrapture you by their magnificence. They may destroy you, but only in order to save you.
MONDAY
11.30 - 12.15 Just a Minute Joseph, Fox and chums demonstrate hesitation, deviation and repetition.
12.30 - 1.00 Millstone Grit Energetic folk and world music mainly acapella group.
1.15 - 1.45 Aye-Vee Words and tunes influenced by non-formulaic music and real ale.
2.00 -3.00 Spam A new Punk/New Wave covers band with some originals on the way.
3.00 - 6.00 The Blyth Power Fete Tug of War, stalls, tat, Dog show, Morris Dancing etc. Please do get involved with your own stall.
6.00 - 6.40 Will Gosling A Volvo dwelling, Ovulation strumming musical type, with Hobbit like feet from the Shire of Lincoln...
7.00 - 7.40 Boy in the Cupboard Indie folk trio bring you uplifting depressing songs about being on the dole, becoming a drunkard and living through the apocalypse.
8.00 - 8.40 Jerry Hellfire Gloucestershire meets country...
9.00 - 9.40 Lying Scotsman Fiona and cohorts bring you tales of unlikely events with hedgehogs and the like.
10.00 - 10.40 The Skiffle Bastards Some bastards who like skiffle bastardise skiffle.
11.00 - 12.00 Blyth Power present Pont au Dessus de la Brue... A Bridge Too Far Special Monday feature where Blyth play an album intact, though this year it is assorted singles as well. Free accompanying booklet will be available which is growing over the years into your very own History of Blyth.

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