Cinder Well Review

Cinder Well were incredible at Foster Hill Road Cemetery Chapel in Bedford.  ††††This venue sounds so good it’s unreal! We feel so lucky to have had the chance to use this magical space, isolated on the top of the hill.


Adrian Bean wrote a lovely review of the night. We’ve included a little excerpt:

“The chapel was an ideal place to perform plaintive melodies about death and loss. Multi-instrumentalist Amelia has an amazing voice, and the harmonies with Marit were as beautiful and haunting as anything that can ever have been heard in the chapel. Sad but joyous. Musicianship made to look easy. And to cap it all, they love graveyards.”

Check out the full article over at The Friends of Foster Hill Road Cemetery website


Thanks so much to everyone who attended, and listened, and sang along, and drank the bar dry! 

Huge thanks to Ebb, Sue, Adrian and from Friends at Foster Hill Cemetery for all their help and to our good mate, Robbie for ushering people up the hill. Also thanks to Rachel and James at Made in Bedford at Number 13 for providing delicious vegan wraps! 

Next Chapel gig is The Askew Sisters on 19th October.

New Videos

Two new videos of us performing songs in a cold old house somewhere in Bedfordshire. We sing ‘Acre of land’ which is our groovy variant of ‘The Elfin Knight’ (Child 2; Roud 12) and ‘Oak and Ash and Thorn’. Those lyrics are from Tree Song by Rudyard Kipling and the tune is by Peter Bellamy.

Let us know what you think!

Newsletter

Our newsletter is here! All the info you’ll need for Cinder Well at Hey Ho! Folk with support from us: Marisa Jack and Davy.

There are links to tickets and all the info about our deliciously gothic venue at Foster Hill Road Cemetery chapel. If you have any questions just ask! Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday x

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Cinder Well

Cinder Well is on Saturday 8th June

Cinder Well is coming to play a very special show at Hey Ho! Folk in the beautiful Victorian chapel at Foster Hill Road Cemetery on Saturday 8th June. Her lyrics explore themes of loss, empty houses, and generational trauma. Cinder Well’s most recent album is dedicated to friends of the band who have passed in recent years.

The music is doomy folk from the depths! Tickets are available now and are only £10.

>>Buy here

Brown Boots!

Thanks so much to Will and Martin from Brown Boots! They were the perfect musical accompaniment to our trip on board the John Bunyan Community boat. If you want to be on the next one, join us on Thursday 25th July with Arfur Doo and the Toerags. Call 01946 690301 for tickets.

Pride, Inspiration, Hope: Bedfordshire Brickworks Day at the Higgins Museum Bedford

Invisible Folk Club are curating a folk event at The Higgins

Pride, Inspiration, Hope: Bedfordshire Brickworks Day at the Higgins Museum Bedford is on Saturday 25th May 2019. Music is in the courtyard from 11am – 4pm. We’re on at 3pm and will be performing ‘The Pits That Scarred the Land’ written by Graeme Meek.

The Pits That Scarred the Land

11am Jack in a Barrel
1130  Nigel Moorcroft
1200  Chris Lawley
1230  Jon Bickley
1300  Petrichor
1330  Lizzy Hardingham
1400  Ragged Staff
1430  Catherine Earnshaw
1500  Marisa, Jack & Davy
1530  Pete Castle

Other events will be taking place on the day in the Museum buildings. One of these will be an interview and discussion about the Brickworks with David Syzmanski (former Managing Director of Hanson Building Products) conducted by Jon Bickley from Invisible Folk.

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 25th July 2019

Arfur Doo & The Toerags

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

Arfur Doo & the Toerags are a traditional Irish folk band with a few twists. Guitar, bass, cajon, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, flute, penny whistle and recorder combine for fast-paced, energetic tunes and delicate ballads. It’s going to be a proper party boat and an immensely enjoyable evening so don’t miss it!

 Call the friendly team at John Bunyan Community boat on 01946 690301 to get tickets.

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!