The Blyth Power Ashes 2017

What The Ashes Did Next

Hello Everyone

So less than a week to this year's bash, and things shaping up very nicely. New bands, new activities, what is going on? 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.

Friday, of course, sees a brand new shiny headliner in the form of Ketamine Village, and to celebrate this fact, and to welcome them aboard, this year's clay competition is 'Make Your Own Ketamine Village' so be sure and pay attention around 11pm Friday night.

For those missing Cracktown, rest assured you can get your fix of Silver Fox on Saturday at 1.10, when he will be performing solo.

The Ashes themselves will be up for grabs as usual at 3pm Saturday, so let's see how KV shape up on the pitch. Can't be worse than Cracktown, surely?

Sunday morning, Blyth are as usual inviting the younger brethren to join us on Strawberries, with a special new extended introduction (!!!) around 11.45am to give you all time to get across to the Children's Marquee for Wildlife Walk With Roger at 12 noon (Monday if raining on Sunday). Curly is once again organising t-shirt painting, so do bring along a plain white shirt if you can.

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. There will be MYO Lantern, Paint a Pebble, MYO Feather Fan and MYO Apple Bird Feeder with Roger, and even rumours of our very own dog show from Emma and Pip, given the number of canine attendees of recent years.

This year Ashes Monday will feature The Guns of Castle Cary, after Hugo's completely fair and unrigged referendum on the subject. He will once again be taking a vote, and do be surprised when he announces the winner as Paradise Razed...

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 or sound desk do please get in touch.

6.15 - 7.00 Tim Holehouse Music for music's sake with its roots in the delta blues plus a very personal twist. Let the good times roll!
7.10 - 7.50 Johnny Campbell A fast, ruthless, uncompromising sound featuring self penned inspiring songs of protest, migration and debauchery, with a healthy dose of humour.
8.00 - 8.10 Silly Point Shimmer When a Pog member goes rogue...
8.20 - 9.00 Michael James Parker Adventure poet, blazing trails in words on a verbal expedition, returning to the stage and page to share his discoveries.
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 Ketamine Village Combining acoustic blues with a punky knack for ineptitude, Ketamine Village’s music is both inspiring and deeply cynical.
12.15 - 1.00 James Bar Bowen Original, unusual, controversial, political, heart-felt, tear-jerking, angry, inspired, humorous, iconoclastic, sentimental, anti-fascist, intelligent. Phew!
1.10 - 1.40 Silver Fox Oh, come now. I think we know by now what to expect with this splendid chap!
2.00 - 3.00 Pog Electro punk folk shambles from veteran Ashes favourites.
3.00 - 6.00 THE BLYTH POWER ASHES It's cricket, jim, but not as you know it!
6.00 - 6.40 Refuse/All Punk, punk and more punk.
7.00 - 7.40 On Trial UK Madness truly is a gift and an underrated way to really explore the true meaning of life... It's this or Broadmoor.
8.00 - 8.40 Roots Quartet Contrarily named duo ploughing their individual and quirky furrow on the landscape of folk.
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 Alcohol Licks Own brand Punk Rock, known as ALCO-PUNK...
11.00 - 12.00 Blyth Power Expect dense storytelling and plenty of anachronistic syntax.
11.30 - 12.45 Blyth Power Matinee A cross between Jake Thackray and Iron Maiden.
12.30 - 1.00 Teq Taking a break from the door.
1.10 - 1.50 Henry Lawrence's Fellow Travellers Anything can happen in the next half hour... hour... hour... hour... hour...
2.10 - 2.40 Too Many Dragons Deacon and Aurora get through more instruments than there are Pog CDs on the merch table.
3.00 - 3.40 Doctor Bongo A top act with a top hat.
4.00 - 4.40 Jammie Sammy A warped, more depraved version of Phoebe from 'Friends' though much more twisted.
5.00 - 5.40 Boatless Maniacs This time he's bringing his dad...
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 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. 
8.00 - 8.40 Verbal Warning The Spirit of '77, with original songs and a few songs from their heroes.
9.00 - 9.40 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.
10.00 - 10.40 The Antipoet Dripping with parody, they take poetry to a new level, with performances as memorable as they are hilarious.
11.00 - 12.00 Wob Beautifully deep, yet musically intense, fun and outgoing - there is something indefinable about Wob that sets him apart from most other live acts.
12.00 - 12.40 Triggers Broom Curly and co. bring you original blues and jazz, with possibly one or two familiar guests.
1.00 - 1.40 Paul & Wendy Warning Classic punk given a more acoustic treatment, with possibly the smiliest drummer of the weekend.
2.00 - 3.00 The Disinclined Ageing purveyors of punky, gypsy, tales, and jolly good they are too.
3.00 - 6.00 BLYTH POWER FETE Stalls, sports day, even our very own dog show.
6.00 - 6.40 Mick Tyas Beautiful songs, beautiful voice, beautiful man.
7.00 - 7.40 Radio KWG Songs from the road.
8.00 - 8.40 Jerry Hellfire Imagine Jerry Reed and Bill Monroe doing a duet while falling down a fire escape.
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 Speech Painter 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.
11.00 - 12.00 Blyth Power present The Guns of Castle Cary Part six in your History of Blyth Power Collection. Yes, I know last year said part four, but it seems we had two part threes. Those OBCs sure aren't what they used to be.

Ticket cost is £30 all inclusive for the weekend. Which we still happen to think is a pretty good deal for three1/2 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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