Folk on the Boat With Matt Tighe and Tad Sargent

Gorgeous folk duo Matt Tighe and Tad Sargent come to Bedford on 27th September to play Mill Race Folk on The John Bunyan Boat.  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 a late summer’s evening.

The two hour folk cruise leaves from the moorings at the Barns Hotel, Cardington Road, Bedford boarding at 7.15 p.m.

A 3 course pre-cruise dinner can be booked in advance from the Barns Hotel (01234 270044). Drinks are available from the Riverside Tavern Bar

So don’t miss out! Call the friendly team at John Bunyan boat on 01946 690301 (Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00) to book your tickets

About Matt and Tad:

Living in South London and born to an Irish and Trinidadian background, fiddle player Matt Tighe is quickly making a name for himself in the world of folk and Traditional music. He has been described as a, “fiery virtuoso”, and has already had an extensive experience in performance, playing at many festivals and clubs within the UK and Ireland. Matt has won numerous awards such as the London Fiddle Champion and numerous All Britain Championships, been a finalist in the Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections and a nominee at the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

London Born Tad Sargent, whose family roots come from Castlebar in county Mayo, started playing music at a young age on the piano.  He started playing the bodhrán (the Irish drum) in 2002 after re-discovering his childhood love for Irish music. Learning about Irish music took years of attending sessions run by Irish music legends such as Mick O’Connor.  He picked up the bouzouki in 2008 and has performed/recorded and worked with many great musicians and groups such as Barrule, Tony Christie, Luke Daniels and Cara Dillon.

 

Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson

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Last month we had and Will Hampson performing on the . It was a lovely warm Spring evening. The river was looking gorgeous and the music was perfect. Folk on the boat returns in September, why not subscribe to our newsletter so you can be first in line for tickets. The boat can only take 40 people so the show could sell out fast. Cruise on Bedford’s beautiful Ouse with a glass of booze, good folk and nice views. Or something!

If you missed Bryony and Will, here’s a session they recorded for us before the show. Here they perform ‘The Ringers of Egloshayle’. We’ll be recording a podcast with them in a few weeks all about the background to this song.

If you’re new to The Mill Race Folk podcast, you can listen to our first four episodes here. We have music and folk song discussion with Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp, The Foxglove Trio, Stick in the Wheel and Gemma Khawaja. Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode. Also, let us know what you think of the podcast by contacting us with your thoughts and comments. We’d love to hear from you.

Folk Podcast Episode Four

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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 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 FacebookTwitter or check out our website.

Original Music and Production by Jack Sharp

Edited by Jack Sharp & Marisa Straccia

Administration by Marisa Straccia

Folk on the Boat

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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.

Support comes from MarisaJack&Davy!

Anna and Elizabeth at Moot Hall

That was a very special night for us. We have a few snaps, but we’ll upload more soon. We really hope that you enjoyed it. We love the Moot Hall as a venue! What did you think?

Big thanks to Anna & Elizabeth and Benjamin Lazar Davis for putting on an incredible show. Also The Star Food Co. for making some tasty hotdogs, and of course Clive at Moot Hall for all his help.

Next Mill Race Folk is on 14th June on board the John Bunyan Barge for a cruise on the Ouse with Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson and us MarisaJack&Davy

Tickets from: www.johnbunyanboat.org/

Stick in the Wheel Podcast

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!

Like the podcast? Please leave a review on iTunes! Like it, subscribe to it! It helps to push the show up the rankings and it makes it easier for other folk music lovers and the folk-quisitive to find us.

 

Stick In the Wheel At Bedford Esquires

On Saturday 31st March, Stick in the Wheel did a show at Bedford Esquires. It was a fierce performance to a rapacious 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

Mill Race Folk Social FAQ

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.

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