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 Facebook, Twitter or check out our website.
Original Music and Production by Jack Sharp
Edited by Jack Sharp & Marisa Straccia
Administration by Marisa Straccia
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!
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
On Woman’s Hour yesterday Anna & Elizabeth had a nice cosy chat with Auntie Jennie Murray. You can listen to them on the bbc iplayer now.
They’re playing at Mill Race Folk tomorrow (sorry folks, we’ve now officially SOLD OUT) at Moot Hall in Elstow. It’s going to be magical! See you there x
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
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.
They’re coming to play Mill Race Folk at Moot Hall. Make sure you buy your tickets now at eventbrite before we sell out. Tickets are limited!
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
MILL RACE FOLK TONIGHT – CANCELLED!
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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