Blyth Power is a British rock band formed in 1983 by singer/drummer Joseph Porter, formerly of Zounds and The Mob.
Blyth Power's music shows strong influences from punk rock and folk music, and the band members have described their sound as a cross between The Clash, Steeleye Span and The Rubettes.
Established in 1983 and named after a railway locomotive, the one constant in an ever-shifting lineup has been drummer/vocalist/songwriter Joseph Porter (real name Gary James Hatcher, born 21 February 1962 in Templecombe, Somerset). Read more on Last.fm
Latest batch of tickets will be going out Monday so now is the time folks, now is the time...
Feb 28, 2018
June 10th will see us in Leeds at the Wharf Chambers doing a two set afternoon gig, from about 1.30pm. Tickets available now...
Feb 28, 2018
To celebrate the birthday of the very splendid Mr Michael Hirst Blyth are playing a two set afternoon gig at the lovely Wharf Chambers in Leeds.
For those of you who haven't been to this venue it really is something very special, as is Michael, so do all come along. The event is child friendly as well so please bring any you have so we can get started with induction into all things Blyth early 😉
Wharf Chambers is a members’ club and you need to be a member or guest of a member in order to attend. Please visit wharfchambers.org/join. Membership costs £1 and requires a minimum of 48 hours to take effect. The venue is pleased to have a safer spaces policy which can be read at www.wharfchambers.org/safer-spaces-policy.html
Tickets are £7 subject to booking fee and can be bought in advance now from the following outlets:
Feb 27, 2018
The fabulous Antipoet are making a film, and you can be there. All the details are here on the event page, so tune up your heckles and get yourselves along.
Feb 20, 2018
Just confirmed, it's the Saturday we are playing Rebellion, for those who've been waiting to get day tickets 😊
Feb 19, 2018
Last couple of hours to support the new Robb Johnson Kickstarter project, so be quick if you don't want to miss out!
Feb 19, 2018
This coming in April, more details to follow, and I can't invite friends at the moment, so please share...
Feb 19, 2018
As Blyth and Wob are in the north for a party that weekend, we thought what better than to have a little tourlet? As a result we will be playing the fantastic Labour Rooms in Otley on the Saturday evening, followed by an afternoon session at the lovely Black Swan in York the following day, from 2pm.
Saturday 21st April
Otley & Yeadon Labour Club
21 Nelson Street
Also with www.facebook.com/David-Holmes-Rebel-poet-570966733038567/
Sunday 22nd April
23 Peasholme Green
Jan 15, 2018
It's that happy time of year when the toilets have to be booked - AS A BACK UP BECAUSE OF COURSE THE TOILET BLOCK IS GOING TO BE FINISHED THIS YEAR - and we have to decide here at Blyth HQ whose soul is being sold to pay for them this year. Jerry, having no soul, is once again safe from the judge's vote.
To obtain your own piece of our spiritual being simply place an order for your more than reasonably priced ticket to this year's bash here http://www.blythpower.co.uk/merchandise/index.htm
Dec 10, 2017
Right, you lovely people. All orders are packed up and going in the post in the morning. Wednesday will hopefully see our last trip to the Post Office before Christmas, so if you're planning to get any last minute presents please do so soon... CDs, t-shirts, Ashes tickets, you want it, we have it.
Dec 06, 2017
Two weeks to go until this... What better way to kick off Christmas than a dismal austere night with The Lovely Brothers, The Communist Homosexuals (Facebook friendly version) and the one and only Sir Stephen St. John-Scarpia?
*Disclaimer: It probably won't be as glamorous as the picture*
Nov 28, 2017
Right, well as December starts on Friday, and we're back in the office for a couple of weeks, what could be better than to do all your C*****as shopping with us. The very elves themselves couldn't better waking up to an Ashes ticket, a CD and t-shirt, surely? All available from here www.blythpower.co.uk/merchandise/index.htm and the first batch of tickets will be posted out next week so get in there... 🎅🏻🎁🎄🤶🏼
There's a new edition of ZOMBN1 out, which is updated with a new two player game, new cards, and all kind of exciting bits and pieces. There are also two new companion games, which are stad alone but can be played using the ZOMBN1 pieces. Get your copy now :)
Oct 05, 2017
Event sorted for next year's ashes, but Facebook won't let me invite anyone, so can you invite yourselves please? Tickets available on the website...
Now we'll shut up about it until, oh, I don't know... shall we say February?
Sep 28, 2017
New acts. NEW ACTS!!!! What the devil are we thinking? Anyway, yup, same ashes time, same ashes place, same ashes madness. Okay everyone?
(Facebook won't let me invite anyone at the moment, but you are all invited, natch...)
Sep 28, 2017
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 this year will be finished by next summer so hurrah for that!
Currently the line up is Blyth Power, Cracktown, Pog, Boy in the Cupboard, Lying Scotsman, The Lovely Brothers, Jammie Sammy, Combat Shock, Alcohol Licks, Will Gosling, Wob, Disorderville, The Antipoet, Michael James Parker, Paul Eccentric, Refuse/All, The Speech Painter, Radio KWG, Triggers Broom, Roots Quartet, Project Adorno, The Silver Fox, Verbal Warning, Monkish, Paul and Wendy Warning, Peaky Blinders, The Disinclined, Henry Lawrence and the Fellow Travellers, Fishwife's Broadside, Doctor Bongo, Boatless Maniacs, Mick Tyas, Too Many Dragons, The Sturdy Beggar, Johnny Campbell, Rachel Pantechnicon, The Metatrons and Jerry Hellfire. If you aren't on the list and should be, panic not, Annie left her list in Brighton, just give her a reminding nudge. On the other hand, if you are on the list and shouldn't be, do tell her that too!
Just a Minute, 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.
This year of course saw Blyth Power regain the Ashes from new challengers Ketamine Village, who looked rather familiar to many of you, apparently. Do come along and help us lose the dratted things again next year please...
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 it is looking like 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 three1/2 nights and days of camping and entertainment. As always the event is free for under 18s. Tickets on sale from our website.
Sep 09, 2017
Don't forget today there is a festival in London protesting the DSEI. It is partly being organised by the very lovely Archie from the splendid Communist Homosexuals (Facebook friendly version...). Everyone is welcome and they are particularly keen on getting as many musicians and/or poets along to keep the spirits up. Please do go along if you can :)
Sep 04, 2017
This Saturday sees a festival in London protesting the DSEI. It is partly being organised by the very lovely Archie from the splendid Communist Homosexuals (Facebook friendly version...). Everyone is welcome and they are particularly keen on getting as many musicians and/or poets along to keep the spirits up. If you are interested in playing or want further details you can message Archie through their page at www.facebook.com/c0mmiefagg0ts/
Aug 31, 2017
Well you lovely ashes people, the money raised for the local air ambulance this year (not including that raised for the National Autism Society), from stalls, tourettes bingo, raffle and of course the auction for skip's amazing painting of the horse, reached a whopping £647. Hurrah for you splendid people! Many thanks in particular to Aston and Skip x
Aug 31, 2017
We're very nearly full... x
Aug 30, 2017
Huge thanks to all who came along and made it the best one yet. You were all simply splendid, from bands to stalls, from Tourette's bingo to Barbara Woodlouse, from manager mike (who took over four days before we arrived) to all the staff (the barman in the marquee who was putting in fifteen hour days had never pulled a pint before Friday morning), to all of you who were there. It wouldn't happen without you, and it seems more like a proper family reunion every year. Roll on next year, same time, same place, same result in the cricket! 🙂 🏏 ⛺️ 🍻 🏆 🐶 🎻 🚽 🙂
Aug 28, 2017
Ashes Monday this year brings you The Guns of Castle Cary, in its entirety. How can you resist?
Aug 27, 2017
Ashes Monday at 2pm catch the brilliant Disinclined.