The Blyth Power Ashes 2015

What The Ashes Did Next

Hello Everyone

We are delighted to confirm that The Blyth Power Ashes 2015 will take place on 28th - 31st August, and promises to be the most fabulous ever. We have a shiny new venue, namely The Hunters Inn in Longdon, near Tewkesbury. The usual galaxy of stars, cricket action, and quaint pastoral pursuits will be supplemented this year by all manner of subversive activities, including another attempt by The Dear Leader to teach young people to play music, something that is frowned upon in a day and age in which art is something that was done by sacred cows thirty years ago, and has been replaced in the Nation’s hearts by a culture of ‘heritage’
Well we hate ‘heritage’. We rather embrace heresy, which is why when we dig up the bones of an old Blyth Power recording for ‘Ashes Monday’, we will do it with the style and panache of a bunch of tomb raiders rather than whiskered professors dusting off the sacred scrolls. This year it is ‘Pastor Skull’.
No, it’s not ‘Ant Music’, but it’s pretty much everything else. See you at Hunters for the best long weekend of the summer!

Monday sees the return of the great Blyth Power fete, so anyone wanting to do their own stall please please do!

Running Order

FRIDAY    
6.00 - 6.45 Teq Bringing you collected ramblings, lyrics and poetry from the late 80's to the present day.
7.00 - 7.45 Gob Dylan Nutter plays punk covers of Dylan songs, with added special guests.
8.00 - 8.45 James Bar Bowen Radical acoustic folk punk singer songwriter with songs to make you laugh, cry and rage.
9.00 - 9.45 Michael James Parker Adventure poet, blazing trails in words on a verbal expedition, returning to the stage and page to share his discoveries.
10.00 - 10.45 Boy in the Cupboard A Brighton based acoustic trio who do a kind of quirky indie folk with wry lyrics and gypsy tinges using double bass, Spanish guitar and drums - and the occasional splash of dark humour.
11.00 - 12.00 Cracktown Situationist Art Terrorism fusing the musical colloquy of rural America with the ethos of French Existentialism. Nah; it's just a country band...
     
SATURDAY    
11.00 - 11.40 Doctor Bongo The poet laureate of Sex and Laundry. A cheeky punk, a little obscene around the edges.
12.00 - 12.40 Shanarchy Punky, folky rock with a bit of reggae chucked in for good measure...
1.00 - 1.40 Refuse/All Well crafted and highly enjoyable punk.
2.00 - 3.00 Wob One guitar, an extra long pair of vocal chords and a bounce higher than Tigger.
3.00 - 6.00 THE BLYTH POWER ASHES See another challenger in the form of Cracktown crumble before the might of the Blyth Power 43. Players of all ages, abilities and species welcome.
6.00 - 6.40 Black Kes “Is it alive?” asked Archie Kes.
“I don’t know… Give it a kick?” replied Rat Kes in a wistful manner.
“Not too hard!” added Specky, who is always cautious.
JT Kes gave it a big boot, and that was the birth of Black Kes, right there in JT’s dinning room.
7.00 - 7.40 Miss Maud's Folly Miss Maud's Folly perform a blend of gypsy, jazz and folk tunes, full of beautiful imagery and delightful instrumental arrangements.
8.00 - 8.40 The Antipoet Paul Eccentric and Ian Newman are together the world's finest exponents of beatrantin' rhythm 'n' views.
9.00 - 9.40 The Lovely Brothers A troupe of masked and frenzied fools use their metaphorical whip of parody to deliver satirical melodic surrealism.
10.00 - 10.40 Pog The band that set tales of everyday failure to disarmingly catchy acoustic pop punk.
11.00 - 12.00 Blyth Power Expect dense storytelling and plenty of anachronistic syntax. Perhaps.
     
SUNDAY    
11.00 - 11.40 Blyth Power Matinee Specially requested matinee for small people and their parents, and anyone else foolish enough to be awake.
11.50 - 12.20 Paul & Wendy Warning Expect some acoustic Verbal Warning and carefully chosen covers. Hurrah!
12.30 - 1.10 Johnny Campbell A fast, ruthless, uncompromising sound which lends it's influences from far and wide. The material will embrace traditional music and sometimes frantic Bluegrass style picking with self penned songs of protest and debauchery.
1.20 - 2.00 Rachel Pantechicon The poet that ate Pam Ayres.
2.20 - 3.00 Blackcap The folk trio bring you mostly self penned jolly tunes to uke, guitar and flute.
3.20 - 4.00 Peaky Blinders Hotrod Hector leads a Skiffle Supergroup. Not to be missed.
4.10 - 4.50 Deacon The most splendid Mr Brown returns, with not a sign of dignity or a chocolate girl, but maybe a tot or two of liquid thunder.
5.00 - 5.40 Project Adorno A double act employing voice, electronic sounds, a few props and occasional acoustic guitar, with subject matter ranging from the surreal to the downright nonsensical, including the smell of second hand books, love affairs with Daleks and photocopiers, and poems about old computer games.
6.00 - 6.40 Radio KWG Speechpainter Geoff and friends bring you songs from the road.
7.00 - 7.40 The Astronauts The Astronauts dabble in punk, postpunk, electronica, psychedelic rock, indie, jazz and folk without flinching, but really it's Mark's lyrics that will get you hooked. Mark is a DIY hero as inventive and uncompromising as ever.
8.00 - 8.40 Monkish If you haven’t seen this comedy punk band you are in for a real treat. Make sure you see them before they die prematurely. It's only a matter of time apparently.
9.00 - 9.40 Verbal Warning Ever popular punk favourites bringing you the sound of '77.
10.00 - 10.40 Alcohol Licks Alcohol Licks shoves a load of genres together namely punk, ska, reggae, dancehall, rock 'n' roll, metal, and blues, churns it up, then shits it out the other end...
11.00 - 12.00 Anal Beard The musical equivalent of fouling up the post office queue while you buy stamps for twenty assorted amenities.
     
MONDAY    
12.30 - 1.10 Fellow Travellers Henry Lawrence brings his latest acoustic trio consisting of vocals, guitars, and mandolin.
1.30 - 2.10 Curly & Co. Curly leads us in a Blues Jam, with all welcome so come join in; keys and chords available just ask!
2.20 - 3.00 Lying Scotsman Fiona and cohorts bring you tales of unlikely events with hedgehogs and the like.
3.00 - 6.00 THE BLYTH POWER FETE Tug of War, stalls, tat etc. Prize for funniest stand. Anyone can get involved in this.
6.00 - 6.40 Jerry Hellfire Sweary silliness with a twist of comedy ignorance and a hint of an odd Somerset meets Gloucestershire accent thrown over the top.
7.00 - 7.40 Jammy Sammy It’s not often such twisted tales are delivered with so much charm and smiles. Superb.
8.00 - 8.40 Folk the System Gone is the evil monster that was Thatcher, but the people still need a voice, older, with less hair and slightly cleaner clothes, but still folking angry!
9.00 - 9.40 Fishwife's Broadside The ramshackle, acoustic sons and daughters of Lonnie Rotten, singing songs of love, life & low wages, corruption and connivance.
10.00 - 11.00 Blyth Power's Pastor Skull Special Monday feature where Blyth play an album intact, this year chosen by you to be Pastor Skull. Free accompanying booklet will be available which is growing over the years into your very own History of Blyth.
Adult ticket for Hunters Inn Blyth Power Ashes 28th - 31st August 2015 - £25

Details of the venue can be found HERE

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