Mill Race Folk has returned to Bromham Mill! Marisa Jack and Davy are ready to go with another excellent selection of contemporary folk and traditional music in the beautiful, intimate setting of Bedford’s 18th century water mill. The the cafe once again providing delicious food and drink.
To start our new season, The Askew Sisters will be performing! “From dark ballads to uplifting dance tunes, they play with driving energy and the unity of two people who have played together all their lives.
The sisters use fiddle, melodeon and concertina to breathtaking effect, creating cinematic arrangements that get to the very heart of each song. These create a perfect setting for Hazel’s striking voice, which won her Best Female Singer at the Spiral Earth Awards 2011.
Emily and Hazel’s latest album, In the Air or the Earth, was released by RootBeat Records, to widespread critical acclaim, including the Spiral Earth Award for Best Traditional Album 2015.”
Tickets are only £10 and are available from eventbrite or pop into the Mill at the weekend and buy a ticket from Rachel at the cafe x
Today has been a sunny day here in Bedford, but I’ve got a lot posters to design. Instead of frolicking in the park, I’ve been making some progress on the next Mill Race Folk poster that we’ll need for November. It’s not a bad likeness of Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp. I hope they like the illustration. We’re looking forward to welcoming them back at the Mill on the 18th November. You can buy a ticket now here. Marisa x
Thanks to Kristian Purcell for taking some lovely action shots of John Kirkpatrick at Mill Race Folk. We had an unforgettable evening of music at The Place Theatre, Bedford. John was in very fine form and he charmed the whole audience with his singing, charisma and some dexterous concertina hi-jinks.
Did you know you can sign up to our Mill Race Folk newsletter? Do subscribe so you can keep up date with the latest folk concerts coming to Bromham Mill. This month’s newsletter features The Askew Sisters and there is information about our Mill Race Folk season ticket . Get to see all the shows this season with a 10% discount and free entry to our Christmas Social at Basement at Bunyan.
If you are user of the online music streaming service, Spotify, we have just created a folk playlist. You’ll be able to listen to songs by performers who have played at Mill Race Folk such as Stick In The Wheel, Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick and Daoíri Farrell. We hope you enjoy it. x
This is a big one for Mill Race Folk. We are really excited!
John Kirkpatrick is one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, and has established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso (melodeon, Anglo concertina and button accordion), as well as a leading interpreter of English folk music. During his long career he has played with Martin Carthy, Shirley Collins, Richard Thompson and Steeleye Span to name but a few. Support on the night comes from us lot, local trio Marisa Jack & Davy.
On Saturday 3rd June we had our first Mill Race Folk Social at Basement at Bunyan in Bedford. We had a huge variety of floor spot performers with guitar, flute, melodeon, jig dolls, a morris monkey stick (a pole with metal “jingles” with a boot attached to the base), dulcimer stick and bouzouki. Everyone who performed was brilliant. Some had been playing for years, for others it was their first time on their own in front of a crowd. The audience belted out the choruses and we only broke one wine glass. A special thank you to Bity Booker who traveled from London to perform a special extended floor spot for us. She was magical!
Our performers were Edward Major, Gillie Sharp, Christian Webb, Nicky Clements, Matthew Rickard. Julie MacLaren, Bity Booker, Roy Hollowell & Maggie Plowman, Sam Wilson, Simon Munnery and MarisaJack&Davy from Mill Race Folk.
We had a raffle for local Bedford charity, JustUs and raised almost £70 for them. Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket.
Thanks also to Anna Rickard and Tracey Wright who took some pictures for us. We were so busy we forgot to document the evening! We are looking for more, so if you were at the night and you have a photo buried away on your phone we’d love to see them.
Jack’s parents, Peter and Gillie, we’re invaluable at helping us man our DIY bar (sorry we ran out of white wine, we will definitely buy more next time!) and for keeping an eye on the door. We are really thankful for all their help on the night.
We plan to do another social in the Autumn with another special guest. If you would like to be involved, please contact us. See you soon x
Hello lovely people of Leicester. Greenbird Promotions have invited us back to play at The Musician on Clyde Street and we’re really looking forward to it. Not only is it a great little venue with a brilliant crowd, but we’re lucky enough to be supporting Ange Hardy and Lucas Drinkwater.
“The number of awards, accolades and five star reviews that Ange Hardy has acquired over the last few years is simply staggering but every single one has been entirely merited. They play an astonishing array of instruments astonishingly well and Hardy is a songwriter of rare power. Mike Harding (“the real deal”), Mark Radcliffe (“beautiful”), Fatea (“something really special”) and many more have recognised Hardy’s talent and it’s a delight to welcome her and Lucas to The Musician for the first time.”
Last seen in Leicester doing a superb set supporting Nancy Kerr, MarisaJack&Davy are among the most innovative artists on the folk scene. Their take on traditional songs are invigorating and refreshing and their playing and singing is superb.”– Greenbird Promotions
Well, I couldn’t resist popping that little nugget of praise in on the last paragraph. Thanks for the ace review, Greenbird!
Tickets are just £11 from The Musician or wegottickets
This newly re-furbished basement has beautifully rendered brickwork, newly glazed windows and big doorways that opens up into the ‘Castle Quarter’. This area of Bedford is an important part of the town with with historic associations, museums, art galleries, specialist bookshops and riverside restaurants.
The Basement at Bunyan is linked to the John Bunyan Museum and has two craft-rooms, a flexible exhibition and meeting space, a quiet room and refreshment area. The council have approved our temporary events licence, so we’ll be able to sell you some bottled beers or a glass of wine too!