The Magnificent AK47 are the singing blokes of Ashton Keynes, a tranquil corner of North Wiltshire nestled between the nascent river Thames and the Cotswold Water Park.
Maybe it’s the soggy conditions, or something to do with gravel…but nobody knows the reason why, in 2008, the men of the village started to sing. They sang about sheds. And duct tape. And beer. In fact, they sang about everything important to them, occasionally with a jaunty hat.
The men come from all walks of life: builders, teachers and coach-drivers, a brace of archaeologists some accountants and a few retired gents; few if any had done any singing before.
From such humble beginnings, the troupe have ascended the greasy-pole to perform in (among other places) The Colston Hall and The Roundhouse. They’ve appeared live on Radio 3’s ‘The Choir’ and sung on Windmills, White Horses and at Stonehenge, giving them the title for their first CD ‘Monumental’.
The Magnificent AK47 will also be holding a singing workshop earlier in the day which is open to everyone – women included!