Comin’ Up at Hey Ho! Folk

Thursday 23rd May 2019

Brown Boots!

FOLK ON THE BOAT

Departing from the Barns Hotel (Cardington Road, Bedford) at 19.30pm for a 2 hour round trip, tickets are £17.50 per person and there’s a licensed bar available on board.

Call 01946 690301 for tickets

Ahoy there!
Hey Ho! Folk is going on a musical river cruise and you’re all invited!
We’ve some lively folk music from Brown Boots! They are a traditional folk duo made up of Will Allen on melodeon and Martin Clarke on fiddle.

They’ll take you on a journey across beautiful musical landscapes, which is perfect as the boat will be travelling along the pretty river through Bedford. The duo play tunes from across Britain and Ireland – and even further afield. It’s like going for a walk on a clear, spring morning, with the fresh air full of life! No need to bring your walking boots this time though guys, it’s a cosy boat trip!

 Call the friendly team at John Bunyan Community boat on 01946 690301 to get tickets.Brown Boots!- The Sailor’s Wife


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Cinder Well aka Amelia Baker

Saturday 8th June 2019

Cinder Well

Foster Hill Road Cemetery,
Foster Hill Road, Bedford, MK41 7TD

Doors at 7:30pm

Tickets £10 at eventbrite

Hurry up and get your tickets for this one! Cinder Well is the haunting folk project of singer and multi-instrumentalist, Amelia Baker from the USA.

The first night at our new venue: the Cemetery Chapel at Foster Hill Road. This is a fascinating and beautiful building and we are very lucky to be able to use it to hold our intimate folk nights.

Amelia’s songs are nostalgic and moving, centered around memory, loss, place, and longing. While heavily influenced by traditional American and Irish music and song, Cinder Well is deeply personal and original. Amelia Baker’s mourning vocals are framed with resonator guitar, shruti box, and strings, and her lyrics and cathartic melodies wrap listeners in a surrealist world just adjacent to our own.

Born out of a collective love of 1970’s folk-rock, traditional ballads, and dance music of America, Ireland, and Scandinavia, Cinder Well’s sound is at once provoking and nostalgic. 
>>Tickets available now.


Thursday 26th September 2019

FOLK ON THE BOAT

With Matt Tighe & Tad Sargent

Departing from the Barns Hotel (Cardington Road, Bedford) at 19.30pm for a 2 hour round trip, tickets are £17.50 per person and there’s a licensed bar available on board.

Call 01946 690301 for tickets

Folk duo Matt Tighe and Tad Sargent came to Bedford last year to play Folk on the Boat on The John Bunyan Boat. They loved it and we loved them so they’re back!

Their sublime folk tunes are a perfect accompaniment for a lazy trip down the Ouse. Take a cool glass of something fancy in your hand and soak up the delights of the river on an early autumnal evening.

Don’t miss out, these tickets are very limited. Call the friendly team at John Bunyan boat on 01946 690301 (Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00) to book your tickets £17.50


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The Askew Sisters at Bromham Mill

Saturday 19th October 2019

The Askew Sisters

Foster Hill Road Cemetery,
Foster Hill Road, Bedford, MK41 7TD

Doors at 7:30pm

Tickets £12 at eventbrite

Emily and Hazel Askew have become known as two of the foremost performers and interpreters of English folk music and they’re coming back to Bedford!

Their live performances brim with the depth and connection not only of two sisters, but also of two musicians who have been immersed in folk music all their lives.

Together, they rework and reinterpret songs and balladry, creating breath-taking arrangements, which allow words that are hundreds of years old to resonate profoundly with contemporary audiences.

Alongside this, both women are also skilled multi-instrumentalists and expert players of dance music, using fiddles, melodeons, concertina and cello in their innate drive to bring old dance music to life.

>>Tickets available now.

The Bricks That Built a Community

If you’re at The Higgins Museum over the Spring and Summer you might see us appearing on a video performing ‘The Pits that Scarred the Land’ by Graeme Meek.

The video was made by Invisible Folk (Jon Bickley & Steve Yarwood). They were recently commissioned by the Higgins Museum (Bedford) to produce a short film for an exhibition called ‘The Journey From Bunyan to the Brickworks’. It will run from 6 April – 29 September 2019. This short film is going to run continuously throughout the exhibition.

They used the knowledge and experience of David Szymanski (former Managing Director of Hanson Building Products) to make it. He knows the history of Stewartby and its Brickworks. David’s story is complemented by songs written in the folk idiom by local songwriter Graeme Meek.

Folk on the Boat

With Brown Boots!

Ahoy there!
Hey Ho! Folk is going on a musical river cruise and you’re all invited!

We’ve some lively folk music from Brown Boots! They are a traditional folk duo made up of Will Allen on melodeon and Martin Clarke on fiddle.

They’ll take you on a journey across beautiful musical landscapes, which is perfect as the boat will be travelling along the pretty river through Bedford. The duo play tunes from across Britain and Ireland – and even further afield. It’s like going for a walk on a clear, spring morning, with the fresh air full of life! No need to bring your walking boots this time though guys, it’s a cosy boat trip!

We’ll depart from the Barns Hotel (Cardington Road, Bedford) at 19.30pm for a 2 hour round trip, tickets are £17.50 per person and there’ s a licensed bar available on board.

At an extra cost, you can select a picnic box. (£9) to go with your ticket. Call the friendly team at John Bunyan Community boat on 01946 690301 to get tickets. See you there!

Thanks Ewan!

Ewan McLennan at Moot Hall

Hey Ho! We had to change the name of our folk night, but we hope you like it! Mill Race Folk from now on will be known as Hey Ho! Folk. We’ll still be putting on extraordinary folk shows in gorgeous locations around Bedfordshire!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to deepest darkest Elstow to see Ewan McLennan at the sold out spooky old Moot Hall last night. Wasn’t he incredible? Davypoo was magical as the support. Davy also made a film of Ewan performing Corrie Doon for the Hey Ho! podcast. We can’t wait to share it with you. 

We hope to see you all again soon. Marisa, Jack and Davy the hosts of Hey Ho! Folk, are on all the usual social media platforms and we’d love to hear from you x

Mill Race Folk 2019

We’ve got some great folk acts booked for 2019 at Moot Hall in Elstow, Bedfordshire and at a new venue in the heart of Bedford town (details to be revealed in Spring). We have more podcast episodes planned, more trips aboard the John Bunyan Community Boat and Marisa Jack and Davy will be releasing a new record too. We will announce details of that later in the year.

COMING UP IN 2019

Cohen Braithewaite Kilcoyne
Saturday 19th January at Moot Hall
The perfect way to shake off the post Christmas blues!
Cohen took to squeezeboxes in his teens and has since developed into a fine player of both the melodeon and anglo concertina. 

His charming solo repertoire consists mainly of traditional songs, tunes and the occasional un-accompanied song. Expect ballads, industrial songs, sea songs and shanties all firmly rooted in the English tradition, with a fair amount of material linked to the West Midlands where Cohen has lived for much of his life.

Support comes from Marisa Straccia. She is one of the organisers of Mill Race Folk and one third of folk trio, Marisa Jack and Davy. She’ll be singing traditional British songs on banjo and guitar.Tickets are only £10. 
Buy tickets now>>>

Ewan McLennan.
Saturday 9th March at Moot Hall
Ewan’s last gig with Mill Race Folk was cancelled due to snow!
We have finally managed to get him back, and this time it will be at the incredibly beautiful Moot Hall in Elstow.

Ewan’s music has depth of feeling & sincerity. Whether singing haunting traditional Scottish ballads or weaving the powerful stories that make up his own songs, Ewan’s unique, moving and earthy voice is always compelling. His guitar playing is outstanding and forms an essential part of his music. Ewan’s project, entitled Breaking the Spell of Loneliness, was a collaborative tour and album with renowned author and journalist George Monbiot, seeking to use music and word to open up the issue of loneliness and community.

Support comes from Davy Willis. He is one of the organisers of Mill Race Folk and one third of folk trio, Marisa Jack and Davy. He’ll be singing traditional British songs on guitar.Tickets are only £10. 
Buy tickets now>>>

THE MILL RACE FOLK SONG PODCAST
Marisa Jack and Davy’s aim with Mill Race Folk is to create an intimate, cosy acoustic folk night with the best folk artists from around the country. Since 2015 we’ve been meeting all these great singers and players such as The Askew Sisters, Martin Carthy, Stick In The Wheel and John Kirkpatrick (to name but a few!) and we felt it would be great to share that in a podcast format.Find out more about traditional folk songs and learn straight from the people who sing them. In the podcasts we ask the performers at Mill Race Folk to choose a song to play as a session, then we have a little chat about it. Listen now >>
Folk On The Boat will return in Summer 2019. Acts to be announced soon. Dates for your diary are:
Thursday 23rd MAY 2019
Thursday 25TH JULY 2019
Thursday 26TH SEPTEMBER 2019
As soon as tickets are available we’ll let you know. Folk on the boat is a unique and beautiful way to experience traditional tunes on the water. Sit back, watch the world drift by as you cruise on the Ouse with drink or two. Ahhh, perfect!

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas and have a wonderful New Year! We’ve just sent out our last newsletter of the year so make sure you subscribe to that if you want to stay up to date with all the latest tickets and podcast episodes for Mill Race Folk

Marisa, Jack and Davy couldn’t do these shows without such a supportive audience. We really appreciate it and we look forward to seeing you again in the new year.

We’ve got some great folk acts booked for 2019 at Moot Hall in Elstow, Bedfordshire and at a new venue in the heart of Bedford town! (details to be revealed in Spring). We have more podcast episodes planned, more trips aboard the John Bunyan Community Boat and Marisa Jack and Davy will be releasing a new record too. We will announce details of that later in the year.

NEXT MILL RACE FOLK SHOW

Cohen Braithewaite Kilcoyne
Saturday 19th January at Moot Hall
The perfect way to shake off the post Christmas blues!

Cohen took to squeezeboxes in his teens and has since developed into a fine player of both the melodeon and anglo concertina. 
His charming solo repertoire consists mainly of traditional songs, tunes and the occasional un-accompanied song. Expect ballads, industrial songs, sea songs and shanties all firmly rooted in the English tradition, with a fair amount of material linked to the West Midlands where Cohen has lived for much of his life.

Support comes from Marisa Straccia. She is one of the organisers of Mill Race Folk and one third of folk trio, Marisa Jack and Davy. She’ll be singing traditional British songs on banjo and guitar.

Tickets are only £10. A great last minute Christmas present!
Buy tickets now>>>

New Podcast with Bird in the Belly

Bird in the Belly are a collective based in Brighton made up of solo artist Jinnwoo (Ben Webb), folk duo Hickory Signals (Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti), instrumentalist Tom Pryor and visual artist Epha Roe. Together they perform songs and stories that have either never before been recorded or are rarely recorded – all set to contemporary folk music, in the hopes of reintroducing these songs back into the folk canon. The episode is available now!

In this chat with Marisa, Jack and Davy they talked about their craft in how they go about reviving forgotten old songs.

They played at Mill Race Folk on Saturday 13th October 2018 and chose to play Give Me Back My Heart Again for the podcast. It’s a broadside ballad that they discovered in a chapbook on the Bodleian’s digital collections of ballads.

Bird in the Belly’s new album is called The Crowing and is available now. There is also a video of the band performing Give Me Back My Heart Again recorded at Moot Hall in Elstow by Davy Willis.

Like the music? Come to Mill Race Folk in Bedford and experience the night for yourself. We would love to see you there. Find us on FacebookTwitter or check out our website. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and leave us a nice review if you’ve enjoyed the shows.

Best of 2018

It’s that time of year and you’ve probably noticed that Stick in the Wheel are appearing at the top of every ‘Best Folk Album of 2018’ list out there and rightly so!
 
They played at Mill Race Folk in March. If you missed the gig at Bedford Esquires fear not because you can listen to Nicola, Ian and Ellie on episode 3 of the Mill Race Folk podcast. You can catch up on iTunes, Spotify and on Podbean.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and leave us a nice review if you enjoy the shows. It helps other listeners to find us more easily x

 

New Podcast Episode with Thom Ashworth

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A new episode of The Mill Race Folk Song podcast is available now with Thom Ashworth. Check it out here.

Thom Ashworth is an English folksinger and bassist who sings traditional songs. He performed at Mill Race Folk on Saturday 22nd September 2018. For the podcast he chose to sing ‘Work Life Out to Keep Life In’. As always, after the performance we had a chat about the song with him.

In this episode we talked about Martin Carthy, festivals and the political message of the song. Thom spoke about the role of unions, the erosion of employment rights and being a working class musician.

Thom’s new EP is called Hollow. Check it out now on Bandcamp

Watch a video of Thom performing ‘Work Life Out to Keep Life In’ below . It was recorded at Moot Hall in Elstow, Bedfordshire by Davy Willis.

Like the music? Come to Mill Race Folk in Bedford and experience the night for yourself. We would love to see you there. Find us on FacebookTwitter. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and leave us a nice review if you’ve enjoyed the shows.