Our new EPBring Us In will be available to buy on November 1st. You can preorder a copy now by visiting our band camp page
Marisa, Jack & Davy’s debut EP Bring Us In presents an eerie and melancholic take on the British folk tradition. Using rich three-part harmony and fingerstyle guitar underpinned by ghostly organ drones and hypnotic percussion, the trio draw on themes of magic, mystery, murder and the majesty of nature. Recorded by Davy in his front room in Bromham, Bedfordshire, the six song EP is their first release and a product of all they have learned from four years of hosting their folk night in Bedford.
This year Bedfringe will run over a record breaking 2 weeks. Events will take place at The Quarry Theatre and The Place Theatre. We’re so chuffed to be performing at our local arts festival! Come and see us play this weekend for free in the garden at The Quarry theatre. Fingers are crossed for some lush weather.
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.”
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and leave us a nice review if you’ve enjoyed the shows.
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 Facebook, Twitter. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and leave us a nice review if you’ve enjoyed the shows.
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 Gemma Khawaja 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.
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.
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 x