The Blyth Power Ashes 2016

What The Ashes Did Next

Hello Everyone

We are delighted to confirm that The Blyth Power Ashes 2016 will take place on 26th - 29th August, and promises to be the most fabulous ever. We are very pleased to be returning to 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 Alnwick & Tyne.
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!

6.00 - 6.40 Jammie Sammy It’s not often such twisted tales are delivered with so much charm and smiles. Superb.
6.50 - 7.20 Teq The Doorman obviously has too much time on his hands and has taken up performing poetry. It could be worse, he could have taken up singing...
7.30 - 8.10 Johnny Campbell A fast, ruthless, uncompromising sound which embraces traditional music and sometimes frantic Bluegrass style picking with self penned songs of protest and debauchery.
8.20 - 9.00 Robin Lawley Will life model for food.*
*Terms and conditions apply
9.10 - 9.50 Boy in the Cupboard Brighton-based acoustic trio who do a kind of quirky indie folk with wry lyrics and gypsy tinges.
10.00 - 10.45 Project Adorno Facilitating the flow of information, imagination and ideas through the fusion of pop, performance poetry and song.
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.
12.00 - 12.40 James Bar Bowen Acoustic folk punk singer songwriter with attitude, who will make you laugh, cry and rage.
1.00 - 1.40 The Disinclined South West London band, who are also slightly north of 40 and very south of 60, but are righteously angry about both.
2.00 - 3.00 Verbal Warning Nottingham old skool punks kicking it ’77 style
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 Bangers n Mash Bemble and MC Sofa, reanimated after the death of Anal Beard, will be performing some of your favourite songs in a laid back acoustic setting. Come one, come all and enjoy the early evening degustation that is Bangers and Mash.
7.00 - 7.40 Rachel Pantechnicon The poet that ate Pam Ayres.
8.00 - 8.40 Refuse/All Well crafted and highly enjoyable punk.
9.00 - 9.40 Alcohol Licks Talented, charming and pyjama fixated punk. Splendid!
10.00 - 10.40 Wob One guitar, an extra long pair of vocal chords and a bounce higher than Tigger.
11.00 - 12.00 Blyth Power A cross between Jake Thackray and Iron Maiden.
12.00 - 12.40 Blyth Power Specially requested matinee for small people and their parents, and anyone else foolish enough to be awake. Younger brethren encouraged to join us for Pilgrim.
12.50 - 1.30 Doctor Bongo Our compere without compare brings you her unique take on life and love, sex and violets.
1.40 - 2.20 Tim Holehouse Mutant blues!
2.35 - 3.15 Boatless Maniacs And this time he's brought his dad... Two man sea shanty band, singing the songs that get often get swept under life's dusty carpet.
3.30 - 4.10 On Trial UK Music for Freethinkers... We are here to protect and help you to become yourself... Let it go and join our way of life... Write your own moral code...
4.20 - 5.00 Michael James Parker Adventure poet, blazing trails in words on a verbal expedition, returning to the stage and page to share his discoveries.
5.10 - 5.50 Gary Kaye The Woody Guthrie of the West Riding.
6.10 - 6.40 Too Many Dragons Master maestro (Deacon) and his stoical apprentice (Aurora) returns to The Ashes with songs of trivial subject matters delivered in an unnecessarily dramatic manner.
7.00 - 7.40 Jerry Hellfire Idiot and a guitar with a twist of comedy ignorance. And dogs. Lots of dogs. And crap. Dog crap. Lots of dog crap.
8.00 - 8.40 Mick Tyas Trio Original melodic folk from the north east of England.
9.00 - 9.40 The Antipoet Dripping with parody, they take poetry to a new level, with performances as memorable as they are hilarious.
10.00 - 11.00 Pog Folk/punk band that set tales of everyday failure to disarmingly catchy acoustic soundtracks. Simply (In) Heaven.
11.00 - 11.40 Henry Lawrence's Fellow Travellers How do you describe the indescribable? Even Henry himself is loathe to commit but we guarentee it will be unique.
12.00 - 12.40 Paul & Wendy Warning Acoustic versions of some Verbal Warning songs, plus a few songs that hopefully you'll recognise.
1.00 - 1.40 The Sturdy Beggar In 1597 it was enacted that all minstrels wandering abroad should be considered as rogues, vagabonds and sturdy beggars, and punished as such by whipping.
2.00 - 3.00 Radio KWG Bringing you songs from the road.
3.00 - 6.00 THE BLYTH POWER FETE Tug of War, stalls, tat etc. Anyone can get involved in this, in fact please do!
6.00 - 6.40 Fishwife's Broadside Raggle-taggle and ramshackle band of musicians, singing of life, love, low wages, corruption and connivance.
7.00 - 7.40 Lying Scotsman Fiona and cohorts bring you tales of unlikely events with hedgehogs and the like.
8.00 - 8.40 The Speech Painter Poetry and beyond. Does exactly what it says on the tin!
9.00 - 9.40 Peaky Blinders Forged in Birmingham at the British Small Arms factory and the trenches of WW1 before setting up shop in The Garrison, the Shelbys will entertain you with songs of wit and whimsy for your delight and delectation.
10.00 - 11.00 Blyth Power Alnwick & Tyne. Anyone welcome to join us for Execution Song, chords on lyric pages :)

Details of the venue can be found HERE and you can buy tickets through the Shop page.


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