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.

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.

Thanks Ewan!

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Hey Ho! We had to change the name of our folk night, but we hope you like it! Mill Race Folk from now on will be known as Hey Ho! Folk. We’ll still be putting on extraordinary folk shows in gorgeous locations around Bedfordshire!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to deepest darkest Elstow to see Ewan McLennan at the sold out spooky old Moot Hall last night. Wasn’t he incredible? Davypoo was magical as the support. Davy also made a film of Ewan performing Corrie Doon for the Hey Ho! podcast. We can’t wait to share it with you. 

We hope to see you all again soon. Marisa, Jack and Davy the hosts of Hey Ho! Folk, are on all the usual social media platforms and we’d love to hear from you x

New Podcast with Bird in the Belly

Bird in the Belly are a collective based in Brighton made up of solo artist Jinnwoo (Ben Webb), folk duo Hickory Signals (Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti), instrumentalist Tom Pryor and visual artist Epha Roe. Together they perform songs and stories that have either never before been recorded or are rarely recorded – all set to contemporary folk music, in the hopes of reintroducing these songs back into the folk canon. The episode is available now!

In this chat with Marisa, Jack and Davy they talked about their craft in how they go about reviving forgotten old songs.

They played at Mill Race Folk on Saturday 13th October 2018 and chose to play Give Me Back My Heart Again for the podcast. It’s a broadside ballad that they discovered in a chapbook on the Bodleian’s digital collections of ballads.

Bird in the Belly’s new album is called The Crowing and is available now. There is also a video of the band performing Give Me Back My Heart Again recorded at Moot Hall in Elstow by Davy Willis.

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. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and leave us a nice review if you’ve enjoyed the shows.

New Podcast Episode with Thom Ashworth

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A new episode of The Mill Race Folk Song podcast is available now with Thom Ashworth. Check it out here.

Thom Ashworth is an English folksinger and bassist who sings traditional songs. He performed at Mill Race Folk on Saturday 22nd September 2018. For the podcast he chose to sing ‘Work Life Out to Keep Life In’. As always, after the performance we had a chat about the song with him.

In this episode we talked about Martin Carthy, festivals and the political message of the song. Thom spoke about the role of unions, the erosion of employment rights and being a working class musician.

Thom’s new EP is called Hollow. Check it out now on Bandcamp

Watch a video of Thom performing ‘Work Life Out to Keep Life In’ below . It was recorded at Moot Hall in Elstow, Bedfordshire by Davy Willis.

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. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and leave us a nice review if you’ve enjoyed the shows.

A Quick Reminder

A quick reminder that we make folk podcasts and more are coming very soon (I can hear Jack editing our conversation with Bird in the Belly as I write this). On it we have folk music and chat about traditional songs by the people who play at Mill Race Folk. Why not check out our episode with singing ‘George Collins’. A spooky ballad involving a poisonous kiss of death from a jilted lover.

It’s available to download for free here. If you enjoy it, please subscribe so you never miss a future episode and give us a thumbs up or a nice review over on iTunes (or however you listen to your podcasts). This will help potential listeners to discover the podcasts more easily.

 

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne at Mill Race Folk

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We’re so excited that Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne is coming to Mill Race Folk at Moot Hall in January. The perfect way to shake off the post Christmas blues!

Cohen is a folk musician and singer. He has been a musician since the age of 6 and took to squeezeboxes in his teens and has since developed into a fine player of both the melodeon and anglo concertina. Cohen is also a well-regarded singer and in 2014 won Bromyard Folk Festival’s Future of Young Folk Award for singing.

His solo repertoire consists mainly of traditional songs with accompaniment from anglo concertina or melodeon. Alongside this Cohen also performs traditional tunes and the occasional un-accompanied song. An average solo performance includes traditional ballads, historical songs, industrial songs, sea songs and shanties all firmly rooted in the English tradition, with a fair amount of material linked to the West Midlands where Cohen has lived for much of his life.

Tickets are only £10 and are available now from eventbrite. Click here to buy tickets

We Have Gigs

Yeah! We have some shows coming up in the next few weeks. We’ll be supporting Bird in The Belly at Moot Hall, then heading down to London to play at the acoustic stage for Being Late at The Horniman Museum and Gardens. We’ll be there along with Bity Booker and Cunning Folk. Then it’s off to Apple Day to play at Bromham Mill. In November we’re doing a special show at a screening of The Wicker Man at The Quarry Theatre. We’ll sing a few tunes from the soundtrack at the bar and we’ll bring lyrics with us so you guys can join in! Ha ha, it should be a lot of fun. See you there xMJD-october gigs

Bird In the Belly

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The days are getting chillier and the nights longer and darker, but please don’t decide to hibernate just yet. This Saturday we are excited for the arrival of Bird in the Belly at Moot Hall in Elstow, Bedford. We still have tickets available. If you haven’t visited Moot Hall yet what on Earth are you waiting for? It’s a glorious old building just perfect for acoustic folk music. It would be wonderful to see you there.

Marisa, Jack and Davy will be supporting on the night too with Rachel on hand with a few tasty snacks.

This is the last Mill Race Folk of the year, so don’t miss it!


Saturday 13th October 2018

BIRD IN THE BELLY

with support from Marisa Jack and Davy

Moot Hall, Church End, Elstow, MK42 9XT.
Doors at 7:00 PM,

Tickets £10 + booking fee

Bird in the Belly are a Brighton based collective made up of solo artist Jinnwoo, folk duo Hickory Signals, visual artist Epha Roe, and instrumentalist Tom Pryor. Together they have spent the last 12 months recording songs and stories that have either never before been recorded or are rarely recorded – all set to contemporary folk music, in the hopes of reintroducing these songs back into the folk canon. Tickets are available now

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