TONIGHT- Ewan McLennan Gig Postponed



We are really sorry to say that we have had to cancel tonight’s concert due to the bad weather. Ewan was really gutted and we left it until this morning to make a decision as we hoped the thaw would happen a little sooner. Unfortunately the snow is particularly bad in Bristol and Ewan wouldn’t be able to make it to us in time.

We will be refunding all tickets bought through eventbrite for this event, and we hope to reschedule a gig for Ewan as soon as possible. If you have any questions please let us know. 

Apologies. We are really gutted.


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Events at Mill Race Folk 2018

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.



Saturday 31st March 2018Stick In the Wheel At Bedford Esquires Tickets £12

Stick In the Wheel 13/06/15

Precision folk with anger, lust & blood” The Guardian
Known for Kearey’s fierce, authentic delivery, this is culturally & politically switched on folk with roots embedded in working-class heritage.  They examine rituals & cycles, our inherent power to change ourselves & the world around us, the past repeating itself, ghosts & death, land & place, thieves & beggars.

Saturday 14th April 2018 – Mill Race Folk Social with Gemma Khawaja At The Star Rowing Club, Bedford.

Our first Mill Race Folk Social with Bity Booker

Our more traditional folk night with floor spots and a bit more opportunity to chat and drink. Do you know any folk songs? We would love to hear them from anyone who is interested! Or just come and relax, listen and meet new people.

We’re lucky to have Gemma Khawaja performing for us.  She’s based in Norfolk and plays traditional songs of the British Isles. Her voice is warm and powerful. Her delivery is self-assured and captivating. Gemma was the 2013 winner of Islington Folk Club’s Trad2Mad competition. Food and drink will be available by Rachel and team at The Star Food Co. Entry is £5 for listeners, and £3 for performers

Saturday 5th May 2018 -Anna and Elizabeth At Moot Hall, Elstow Bedfordshire. Tickets £16

anna-elizabethSublime 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 £tbc

Bryony Griffith & Will Hampson 10/10/2015

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.


Anna and Elizabeth in The New Yorker

What Can an Old Folk Song Tell Us?

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.

If you live in Bedfordshire, make sure you have a ticket to see Anna and Elizabeth when they come to play at Moot Hall for Mill Race Folk on Saturday 5th May. Tickets are available at eventbrite

Podcast Episode 2

02 The Foxglove Trio Perform ‘William’

The Foxglove Trio at Mill Race Folk

Marisa Jack and Davy present The Mill Race Folk Podcast. It’s all about traditional folk songs by the people who perform them.

We spoke to Ffion, Kathy amd Patrick from The Foxglove Trio when they played at Mill Race Folk in Bromham Mill on 20th January 2018. They performed their version of ‘William’ for the podcast. It’s a Welsh language folk song which features on their latest album, ‘Distant Havens’. This song was discovered by Ffion whilst listening to an archive recording of Bertie Stephens at the National History Museum at St Fagans, near Cardiff.

For more on Welsh folk songs, why not check out Ffion’s blog, Caneuon Gwerin

Bertie Stephens is on discogs here (Wren Records). There is a short article about him online at The National Museum of Wales

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.

Original Music and Production by Jack Sharp

Edited by Jack Sharp & Marisa Straccia

Administration by Marisa Straccia

Anna and Elizabeth at Moot Hall

This is very exciting news! We have a very special event at the gorgeous Moot Hall in Elstow, Bedford. We have the wonderful Anna and Elizabeth coming to Mill Race Folk!

Elizabeth LaPrelle was raised in rural Virginia and is frequently lauded as the finest traditional singer of her generation. Anna Roberts-Gevalt is a multi-instrumentalist whose musical curiosity has taken her from old time fiddling in Kentucky to a more recent immersion in Brooklyn’s avant-garde community. Together they find new ways to tell old stories of love, loss and intrigue, while relishing the tension that arises between their very different backgrounds and orthodoxies; holding firm to the roots of the music while removing the limits of how that music can be played and presented.

They will play with additional accompanists to recreate the expansive sonic landscape of their new album. The spartan simplicity of their voices and acoustic instruments will include percussion, synth, pump organ, woodwinds, field recordings, film projections, choreography, and crankies—illustrated, hand-cranked scrolls depicting songs and stories as they are performed.

“Simply amazing.” No Depression Magazine

“Heartbreakingly great.” Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire)

“They brought many of us to tears with some of the most yearning harmonies I’ve heard at the Tiny Desk…
Take a deep breath and soak it all in.”  
Bob Boilen (NPR MUSIC)

Tickets are only £16 (plus booking fee) and you can buy them here at eventbrite.


Elstow Moot Hall February 2012

The venue for this event is at Moot Hall. It’s a 15th century timber-framed market hall, set on the village green, in the centre of Elstow

The hall was originally built to serve Elstow Abbey as a market house but is now a museum. It contains beautiful period furniture and has exhibits illustrating the life and traditions of 17th century England. The Star Food Co. will be on site selling picnic style nibbles and snacks along with tea, coffee, beer and wine.

Ewan McLennan at Mill Race Folk


The next Mill Race Folk is with Ewan McLennan.

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 most recent 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.

This will be Ewan’s second visit to the Mill. Food and drink will be available from the cafe on the night, provided by the Star Food Co.

When?: Saturday 3rd March 2018

Where?: Bromham Mill, Bedford, Beds

Tickets £10 Buy at

Ewan McLennan 07/05/16

Stick In The Wheel at Bedford Esquires


Known for Kearey’s fierce, authentic delivery, this is culturally & politically switched on folk with roots embedded in working-class heritage. Their 2nd album ‘Follow Them True’ is released on 26 January 2018. They examine rituals & cycles, our inherent power to change ourselves & the world around us, the past repeating itself, ghosts & death, land & place, thieves & beggars.

Stick in the Wheel have been one of the most popular acts we’ve had a Mill Race Folk. They’re coming back to play at Bedford Esquires on Saturday 31st March 2018. Tickets are just £12 and are on sale now from eventbrite (they are already selling fast!). Get there early to see us play a set as support!

The Foxglove Trio at Mill Race Folk

The Foxglove Trio at Mill Race Folk
The Foxglove Trio at Mill Race Folk

On Saturday 20th January 2018 Mill Race Folk presented The Foxglove Trio at Cafe at the Mil at Bromham Mill.

It was a great night with a full house. Thanks to everyone who came out to see the Ffion, Kathy and Patrick perform. They sounded fantastic and were so entertaining. Songs were sung beautifully in both English and Welsh and played with perfect precision. We were all left completely enchanted!

If you’ve never been to Mill Race Folk before, why not listen to what you have missed! Check out our new folk song podcast (now on iTunes). It’s all about traditional folk songs by the folk who perform them. We ask the musicians who come to Mill Race Folk to choose a traditional song to play, then we have a cosy little chat about it.

Mill Race Folk returns to Bromham Mill on Saturday 3rd March 2018 with Ewan McLennan. Tickets are available now from eventbrite.