Download the calendar for a whole year of fun!
The BBC-Introducing-from-Stoke Beards Calendar 2011 is ready for download - with twelve local bands featured.
The bands were asked to grow facial hair for a photo session at the end of 2010 - the results are in the calendar.
Outfits included Tequila Lips (in nativity pose), Everything On Red (as leprechauns), and The Hiding Place (in WW1 uniforms).
Only two bands failed to complete the assignment - the Rittz (who appear in masks) and Aggyfro (clean-shaven).
Other photos show Skinless Finger, Nick from The Sport, Six Towns, Pegasus Bridge, The Clock The Storm, Blunderbuss Benefit and a group photo of local impresarios (in bunny ears...)
The man behind BBC-Introducing-from-Stoke, the BBC programme for new and local music in Staffordshire & South Cheshire, Rob Adcock, explains the concept - and how to get your free download:
We're celebrating everything about beards; and spreading some hairy love.
After months of growth and hours of itching, The Beards of BBC Introducing from Stoke Calendar 2011 is finally available for download.
It's really easy to do, just click on the link further down this page and it'll take you to a site where you can get the calendar for free.
When you're there, you might be given two options to download. Click on the one on the right hand side of the screen (with the little computer disc to the left of it) as the other one will mean you'll get lots of adverts (and we don't want that now do we?).
You can download the calendar here:
Print out the calendar and give it to all your friends and family for a lovely cheap, Staffordshire & Cheshire based present.
The story of the calendar...
After watching The Sport play at the Underground a few months ago and chatting to Darren Mellor (the bassist from a local band called The Rivalry who boasts an excellent beard) the following day, I thought more needed to be done to rejoice in the joy of Staffordshire & Cheshire's music scene's hairiest inhabitants.
This saw the start of a search for 12 local and magnificent examples of facial foliage.
Everyone who's involved in the calendar supports the local music scene, from security personnel at venues to promoters and local bands.
After weeks of searching, it was decided that a variety of different local acts and personalities would be our Friends of the Fuzz and grace the calendar for 2011.
Is it sexist? No! Aggyfro (we think) tried to grow fuzz... but couldn't; and The Clock The Storm 'borrowed' moustaches. Perhaps the ladies thought it was too much of a stretch.
It's all a bit of furry fun. You can see examples of how our bands got on at the photo-shoot on the
BBC Introducing from Stoke Facebook page
Also, Phil and Tom at Indirect Productions made a video of the night. You can watch that on
Many thanks to all the bands, and of course, the superb photographer, Rob Harrison.
PS - We received this lovely letter from David Dade, the honorary president of The British Beard Club:
"The British Beard Club sends our best wishes to all the Bands in the Beards Calendar, and to all Radio Stoke listeners. We have several dedicated and splendidly bearded members who are also Radio Stoke fans, and indeed many musicians in our number. The focus of our club activity is to support and encourage all gentlemen of The British Isles to grow their beards, and along the way we make new friends, enjoy good food, real ales and good conversation at our gatherings. We invite the people behind the various Beards of BBC Introducing from Stoke Calendar 2011 to visit our web site and join us.
So - from The British Beard Club to all musicians - don't be flat, be bearded!"
BBC Introducing from Stoke is on 94.6FM every Friday night between 7 and 9pm; and on BBC iPlayer.