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.
We’ve had some amazing guests on our podcast and now you can hear it on Spotify. Please check out our episodes. It’s called the Mill Race Folk Song podcast. We get the performers at our night to record a traditional folk song, then we have a nice cosy chat about it.
Sometimes we talk about where they found the song, how they go about arranging it, what they like about the lyrics, maybe there’s a bit of social history to talk about. We really learn a lot from other folk musicians by doing these interviews. Let us know what you think! We’re also on iTunes and Podbean.
In other news, we’re busy sorting out the finishing touches to our EP. Expect some new music from us next year.
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 have videos of performances for the Mill Race Folk Podcast. They’re produced by our very own Davy Willis and they look and sounds gorgeous.
Next ep of the podcast is coming soon! We’re going to be chatting about the Ringers of Egloshayle with Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson. Watch the video of them performing the song now. A collection of all of the videos are available here
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
If you are looking for something to do tonight, come to the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill. There is a wonderful nature themed late event which includes an acoustic folk stage where we’ll be playing along with Bity Booker and Cunning Folk.
Wander amongst botanical-inspired installations and discover the Horniman after hours. This event is inspired by the relationship between human beings’ and the natural world. Be amongst the first to see The Lore of the Land, the first exhibition in the Horniman’s new arts space The Studio.
Starts at 6.30pm and there are still some tickets (£5)
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
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
Mill Race Folk have a special event this Thursday on the water! Folk on the Boat with Matt Tighe & Tad Sargent on board the cute John Bunyan Boat. It’s going to be a lively one over in Bedford! Lots of great tunes, fast fingers and a cruise on the Ouse. Tickets are still available, it will be wonderful to see you there x
Call 01946 690301 for tickets.