MarisaJack&Davy started Mill Race Folk in the summer of 2015. Our aim is to create an intimate, cosy acoustic folk night with the best folk artists from around the country. Shows are held in various locations around Bedford. Some are traditional music venues, others are in rather strange and unusual places. Please contact us for more details.
EVENTS COMING UP 2018
Saturday 5th May 2018 -Anna and Elizabeth At Moot Hall, Elstow Bedfordshire. Tickets £16
Sublime genre-bending storytellers from The USA. Widely loved for their moving minimalist arrangements, the duo present old songs & stories to modern audiences. Their new album, ‘The Invisible Comes to Us’ is released on Smithsonian Folkways on 30th March 2018. We are so fortuneate to have them at Mill Race Folk this season. Seriously, they are not to be missed! Get tickets from eventbrite
Thursday 14th June 2018 – Bryony Griffith & Will Hampson on The John Bunyan Community Boat Ticket £17.50
We’re so happy to have Bryony and Will back at Mill Race Folk with the first FOLK ON THE BOAT on The John Bunyan Community Boat. Expect powerful vocals, deliciously rustic fiddle playing and driving yet sensitive box playing. They have a distinctive repertoire of dark ballads, chorus songs and dance tunes all delivered with good-humoured Yorkshire banter.
We spoke to Gemma Khawaja before the Mill Race Folk sing-a-round at The Star Rowing Club in Bedford on the 14th April 2018. She sings ‘George Collins’ (aka Clerk Colvill and Clerk Colven). It’s a mysterious ballad with many supernatural elements and a story involving poisonous kisses and jilted lovers.
Gemma has just released a new album called Caelum Scalptorium (The Engraver’s Chisel). It’s a available to download from Bandcamp.
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 Facebook, Twitter or check out our website.
Book your tickets for Folk on the Boat with Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson now. Head to the John Bunyan Community Boat to find out more or call 01234 270044 to buy a ticket.
Expect powerful vocals from Bryony and deliciously rustic fiddle playing. She will be accompanied by her husband, Will who is an excellent box player. They have a distinctive repertoire of dark ballads, chorus songs and dance tunes all delivered with good-humoured Yorkshire banter.
Episode 3 of our podcast is now available with Stick in the Wheel. You can listen to it now at Podbean or by searching for Mill Race Folk on iTunes.
We chatted to Nicola, Ian and Ellie from Stick in The Wheel, before their Mill Race Folk performance at Bedford Esquires on the 31st March 2018. They chose to play Marrabones, a traditional song about an unhappy marriage with an unfortunate ending!
We talked about the Clancy brothers in their fisherman’s jumpers (check out the video we discussed in the podcast), removing the diddly choruses, plotting a murder and very mild swearing. Other artists who were mentioned were Peter Bellamy and his catalogue of music on Spotify, Planxty and Martin Carthy’s version of ‘Stitch in Time’, a Mike Waterson song.
Stick In The Wheel have just released their second album Follow Them True and are currently touring, so go and see them!
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On Saturday 31st March, Stick in the Wheel did a show at Bedford Esquires. It was a fierce performance to arapacious Mill Race Folk crowd. Stick don’t do genteel folk music and Esquires is your typical black box rock venue that the locals have a lot of affection for. In-between songs, a curious deafening noise by a band from the bar on the ground floor caused some interruption, but Stick handled it well with their usual acid wit.
Below are some photos of the gig by Christian Webb
Thanks so much to everyone who came to see the show. The next Mill Race Folk event is at Moot Hall with the amazing Anna and Elizabeth on Saturday 5th May. We’ve only a few tickets left over at eventbrite. After that we have our first ever Folk On A Boat with Bryony Griffiths and Will Hampson. See you there! x
The next Mill Race Folk Social is on Saturday 14th April at The Star Rowing Club, Commercial Road, Bedford
How does it work?
If you would like to perform, just put your name on the list when you come in and you will be called to perform when your name comes up. There is no mic or amplification, you just sing or play in the room.
We may get round the list more than once, so please prepare more than one song if you like!
We have a featured performer who will play for around 30 minutes after the floor spots so performances must end by their start time (we’ll keep an eye on it and let everyone know).
What should I sing/play?
You can sing or play whatever you like, but this is a folk night so we would prefer folk or folk inspired songs. We welcome songs from any country or culture, and we offer an inclusive and supportive environment for any ability of musician or singer.
Please try to choose songs that aren’t too long, so that everyone gets a turn.
Do I have to join in?
No, you don’t have to sing or play anything if you don’t want to, though we do offer a bit of a discount to encourage more people to perform.
When is it my turn?
We will have a list at the door, and the order of the night is the order on the list. One song each, and we will go around again when we get to the end.
If you are using an instrument, please make sure it’s tuned up and ready to play by the time we get to you.
Our first cruise takes place on Thursday evening, June 14th 2018. It will feature well known folk artists Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. Expect powerful vocals, deliciously rustic fiddle playing and driving yet sensitive box playing. They have a distinctive repertoire of dark ballads, chorus songs and dance tunes all delivered with good-humoured Yorkshire banter. The Mill Race Folk team, MarisaJack&Davy will be onboard playing a few songs too.
It’s a two hour cruise that leaves from the moorings at the Barns Hotel, Cardington Road, Bedford. We’ll be boarding at 7.15 p.m.
There’s a 3 course pre-cruise dinner that can be booked in advance from the Barns Hotel (01234 270044). Drinks are available from the Riverside Tavern Bar.
Don’t miss ‘Folk on the Boat’. Book a ticket and visit the John Bunyan Boat website by clicking here
If I were Queen of France, or still better Pope of Rome, I’d have no fighting men abroad, nor weeping maids at home. All the world should be at peace, and the right should be the might, I’d have those that made the quarrelling the only ones to fight.
This is the refrain from “Jeano and Jeannette,” the opening track from Anna and Elizabeth’s new album, ‘The Invisible Comes to Us’. They chat to Robert Sullivan in this fascinating article in The New Yorker.