Back in the day we were on the cover of the splendid Folk Roots, Froots as it now is. You can pick up a copy on EBay right now, including an interview from us with the equally splendid Colin Irwin. How can you resist? (It's not us selling it, honest. You can tell by the bogus 'e' in the description...)
We've had a lot of people requesting another extension to that festival in August we never mention. We really can't start doing Thursday, but given the number of people around Friday, would we be up for kicking things off earlier, say late afternoon Friday? (Please don't say yes unless you actually intend to come watch stuff then...)
Okay, so we have the line-up sorted for next year's Ashes. I think. In no particular order you can expect: Blyth Power, Freeborn Rising, The Metatrons, Coley Portions, Teq, Lying Scotsman, On Trial UK, Fishwife's Broadside, The Antipoet, Paul Eccentric, Project Adorno, Rachel Pantechnicon, The Lovely Brothers, Boy in the Cupboard, Jerry Hellfire, Pog, The Skiffle Bastards, Dog of Man, Aye-Vee, Paul and Wendy Warning, Jammie Sammy, Agnosia, Doctor Bongo, Mare, Short Drag Roger, Verbal Warning, Tim Holehouse, Communist Homosexuals, Cracktown, Davy Cowan Band, Millstone Grit, Triggers Broom, The Speechpainter, Radio KWG, Boatless Maniacs, Will Gosling, Too Many Dragons, Spam, Mick Tyas and Nick Thompson, Rosey, Wob, Mike Parker and The Alcohol Licks. Hurrah! Event to follow soon, together with the write-up from this year's bash...
Okay, so we're back from post Ashes hols and raring to go with a slight request. For those of you who complained we weren't back at Bearded this year and wondered why, head over to their page and tell them that we certainly should be in next year on their 'who do you want next year?' post please! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1987246494688303&id=134273489985622
Morning all! You wait a whole week for a Blyth Power post and two come along at once... A few updates to the website mean that finally Top Trumps - Blyth Power are now available, so hurrah for that! Also on sale are Ashes tickets for next year, 23rd-26th August 2019, at the hunters again in Longdon. Well, you didn't really think we'd stop banging on about it now, did you?
So, all done and dusted for another year. Thanks to, well, all of you! I won't start naming names, as I would still be at it by the time next year's Ashes begins, but our amazing acts, our amazing audience, our amazing 'cricketers', our most amazing compere, our amazing dogs, you're all amazing. Quite a few Ashes firsts; first streaker at the wicket, first Flame Boy, first Russian Mud, first sex ed class, first confetti cannon, oh the list goes on... We are pleased to announce we will be back at The Hunters next year. We realise there were a few teething problems with the new management, who hadn't been told anything about the weekend. We will be in close communication throughout the year to ensure things run smoothly on both sides. Also, the cricket field is safe for another year, and the floor of the marquee is being looked at very soon, so hurrah for that! So, Ashes 2019 will be from 23rd-26th August... Anyone wanting to perform please email [email protected] Don't reply here please...
Couple of quick updates... Will three. Firstly, children's choir rehearsal in main marquee 10am Saturday and Sunday. Songs are general Taylor, bind their kings and strawberries, to be performed with Blyth Power during the Sunday matinee dry. Secondly, football match, Saturday morning around 10am on the Ashes pitch. See Ben for further details. Finally, Morris dance workshop is at 10am Sunday morning, though I don't know where. See Anne Davis or Trotsky for further details. Performance will be during the fete on Monday afternoon. Oh, and children's storytime is back, Monday 5.30 by the plough. Rubies are it's a brand new tale from Silver Fox this year...
Someone without whom the Ashes really wouldn't be the same is the very lovely Jammie Sammy, who'll be back with us Friday at 6.40. Tickets available at www.blythpower.co.uk/merchandise/index.htm if you wouldn't mind, it's so much easier for us and they'll be waiting for you on arrival either with Annie or on the door depending on arrival day :)
Okay, so back to our marvellous bands, and today we bring you another new one to the Ashes, though not to most of you I'm sure. The fabulous Combat Shock are on Ashes Saturday at 8pm. You might even see Malcolm standing up for once on stage :) By the way, if you haven't got your tickets yet please do, and we'll have them ready for you to collect on the door. It does make things a lot, lot easier for us.
Having had quite a few enquiries from Ashes 'virgins' this year (no licking please, Ian and Ben!) we are taking a break from bands today to bring you a little Guide to the Ashes. A lot is explained over on the history of the Ashes page on our website so do pop over and have a read. So, what's the deal with the cricket? Well, it's really how the weekend came to be all those years ago at Ufford. We really like the idea of everyone of all ages and abilities being able to get involved in the weekend, in however small a way. There are no set teams, the only 'rules' are you can't be out your first bat, you have to run, and if you hit it into the next field it's six and out. Oh, and do try and avoid any little landmines left on the wicket by opposing team captain Fox's dog... And what's the deal with the fete? When we introduced the Monday we very much tried to continue the audience participation theme. The traditional fete, with its combination for silly sporting events and ever sillier stalls, seemed to us ideal. Anyone is free to have any stall they wish, and it has meant the children can get involved as well. This goes for everyone, young and old, business or not. A few people have been in touch about the 'charity' angle, as they were under the impression it had to be for charity, and for a nominated one. This is not the case at all of course, though a few people choose to do this, but many more wanted a space to have a chance to show their work, or let their kids make some pocket money to spend on more lemonade. The Ashes would never work to rules like this - you can even enter the dog show without a dog ;) Talking of which, we are delighted this is back again this year, with our very own Barbara Woodlouse again ruling with an iron doglead. Entry forms will be on the merch desk, with rosettes for first, second and third in each category. Any other questions do please get in touch, but even better come along and find out for yourself... 🍻🎪🎶🐕🏏🔥🏕️ Tickets available from www.blythpower.co.uk/merchandise/index.htm
Ashes Sunday 10pm is where you will find the splendid <3 Alcohol Licks <3 Post Office trip coming up today to post latest batch of tickets, so do head over to http://www.blythpower.co.uk/merchandise/index.htm if you haven't got yours yet... :)
Last plug for tomorrow as we are leaving rather early in the morning. Blyth will be on at the Almost Acoustic stage at 3.20pm, where we will be brought to you by the spirit of Oskar Matzerath. We'll then head over to the Opera House for a 6pm set, after Barnstormer and before Zounds. Hurrah and see you there!