The Blyth Power Ashes 2018

What The Ashes Did Next

Hello Everyone.

We are very happy to announce this year's Ashes will be happening on the weekend of 24th - 27th August, again at The Hunters Inn, Longdon, near Tewkesbury. We are even happier to confirm that the work that had started on the shower/toilet block last year is finished so hurrah for that!

6.00 - 6.30 Will Gosling A lifetime of Volvos, a mild obsession with camouflage and a battered Ovulation...
6.40 - 7.20 Jammie Sammy A warped, more depraved version of Phoebe from 'Friends' though much more twisted.
7.30 - 8.10 Lying Scotsman Fiona and cohorts bring you tales of unlikely events with hedgehogs and the like.
8.20 - 9.00 Jerry Hellfire Imagine Jerry Reed and Bill Monroe doing a duet while falling down a fire escape.
9.10 - 9.50 Boy in the Cupboard Wry, melancholic indie with Spanish guitar bits from the ever lovely Lovely Brother Bemps, with an extra brother thrown in for good measure.
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 Combining acoustic blues with a punky knack for ineptitude, Ketamine Village’s music is both inspiring and deeply cynical.
12.00 - 12.40 Rosey Bringing a satirist-american-rock-big bastard to you.
1.00 - 1.40 Too Many Dragons Deacon and Aurora get through more instruments than there are Pog CDs on the merch table.
2.00 - 3.00 Wob Beautifully deep, yet musically intense, fun and outgoing - there is something indefinable about Wob that sets him apart from most other live acts.
3.00 - 6.00 THE BLYTH POWER ASHES It's cricket, jim, but not as you know it!
6.00 - 6.40 The Lovely Brothers A troupe of masked and frenzied fools use their metaphorical whip of parody to deliver satirical melodic surrealism.
7.00 - 7.40 The Disinclined Ageing purveyors of punky, gypsy, tales, and jolly good they are too.
8.00 - 8.40 Combat Shock Malcolm brings his Brighton noise merchants in an effort to knock Jerry and Ben off the 'playing in most bands' podium.
9.00 - 9.40 Verbal Warning The Spirit of '77, with original songs and a few songs from their heroes.
10.00 - 10.40 Pog Electro punk folk shambles from veteran Ashes favourites.
11.00 - 12.00 Blyth Power Expect dense storytelling and plenty of anachronistic syntax.
12.00 - 12.40 Blyth Power Matinee A cross between Jake Thackray and Iron Maiden.
12.50 - 1.20 Henry Lawrence's Fellow Travellers Anything can happen in the next half hour... hour... hour... hour... hour...
1.30 - 2.00 Eager Beavoirs They're 'dam' good...
2.10 - 2.50 Tim Holehouse Music for music's sake with its roots in the delta blues plus a very personal twist. Let the good times roll!
3.00 - 3.40 Doctor Bongo A top act with a top hat.
4.00 - 4.40 Paul Eccentric Being the gobby half of The Antipoet takes up most of his time but he still squeezes out the odd gem without the aid of double bass. His sets are comic, tragic, satirical, political and there's even the odd one about cats.
5.00 - 5.40 Boatless Maniacs This time he's bringing his dad...
6.00 - 6.40 Monkish This comedy punk band is a real treat. Make sure you see them before they die prematurely. It's only a matter of time apparently. 
7.00 - 7.40 Fishwife's Broadside Raggle-taggle and ramshackle band of musicians, singing of life, love, low wages, corruption and connivance.
8.00 - 8.40 Commie Faggots Reclaiming the term as a badge of honour for all those who have been called a commie faggot for believing in such dangerous notions as universal free healthcare or nuclear disarmament.
9.00 - 9.40 The Metatrons Fuzz pop bandwho jingle, jangle and often go BZZZZZ.
10.00 - 10.40 The Alcohol Licks Own brand Punk Rock, known as ALCO-PUNK...
11.00 - 12.00 The Antipoet Dripping with parody, they take poetry to a new level, with performances as memorable as they are hilarious.
11.30 - 12.15 Just a Minute Silver Fox and friends bring you one minute without hesitation, deviation or repetition on any subject that comes up on the cards.
12.30 - 1.00 Paul & Wendy Warning Classic punk given a more acoustic treatment, with possibly the smiliest drummer of the weekend.
1.15 - 1.45 Trigger's Broom Curly and co. bring you original blues and jazz, with possibly one or two familiar guests.
2.00 - 3.00 Refuse/All Bludgeoned drums, shoveling guitar chords encrusted over slapped-bass workings, and the support of tuneful political rantings give one infuriated message.
3.00 - 6.00 BLYTH POWER FETE Stalls, sports day, even our very own dog show.
6.00 - 6.40 Radio KWG Songs from the road.
7.00 - 7.40 Rachel Pantechnicon Cats, librarians and cartography have never been so cool.
8.00 - 8.40 The Speechpainter Geoff Allnutt, aka The Speech Painter, has been a performance poet since 1988. He has performed all over the UK from poetry clubs to music and literature festivals and is the winner of numerous poetry slams.
9.00 - 9.40 Michael James Parker Adventure poet, blazing trails in words on a verbal expedition, returning to the stage and page to share his discoveries. *NB May feature a Tory for those of you with a sensitive disposition.*
10.00 - 10.40 Mick Tyas & Nick Thompson Beautiful songs, beautiful voices, beautiful men.
11.00 - 12.00 Blyth Power present Paradise Razed Part seven in your History of Blyth Power Collection.


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 be again be all kinds of events 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 Paradise Razed, after Hugo's completely failed to bother with a referendum on the subject, preferring to take no chances and deliver a result himself.

As last year the pub will be open for food over the course of the weekend, and snacks will once again be available outside the marquee, together with real ales and ciders. The pub will be open Thursday evening as well and there is a growing band of early birds so do feel free to turn up then and join us.

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.

Anyone willing or eager to help out with door duties, sound duties, or crèche duties do please get in touch.

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.


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