Best of 2018

It’s that time of year and you’ve probably noticed that Stick in the Wheel are appearing at the top of every ‘Best Folk Album of 2018’ list out there and rightly so!
 
They played at Mill Race Folk in March. If you missed the gig at Bedford Esquires fear not because you can listen to Nicola, Ian and Ellie on episode 3 of the Mill Race Folk podcast. You can catch up on iTunes, Spotify and on Podbean.
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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.

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

Being Late

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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)

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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Thom Ashworth & Jack Sharp

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Thanks so much to Thom who played at Mill Race Folk last night with Jack and yep, it was amazing! We had free quiche too (Thanks to Rachel at Number 13!). Moot Hall is a lovely old building with great acoustics and atmosphere- It is perfect for folk music. We’re so lucky to be using this space as a venue.

We recorded a podcast with Thom too, look out for this new episode in a few weeks time.

The next event at Moot Hall is Mill Race Folk Presents Bird in the Belly on Oct 13th. Don’t miss it, guys x

Lampshades

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The next show is on Saturday 22nd of September at Moot Hall with Thom Ashworth and Jack Sharp. Tickets are available now

Mill Race Folk Programme 2018-2019

More acoustic events at Mill Race Folk will be announced soon, but here is a flavour of things to come. Tickets for the shows below are available to buy now.


 

Saturday 22nd September 2018

FOLK DOUBLE BILL

Jack Sharp and Thom Ashworth

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

Tickets £10 + booking fee

To start our new Mill Race Folk season we have an amazing double bill.

Thom Ashworth is an English folksinger and bassist and has been described as a “vibrant new voice-to-watch on the folk scene” by fRoots Magazine. He performs stripped back arrangements of traditional songs on voice and acoustic bass guitar. Listen to Thom’s 2nd EP, ‘Hollow’

You will recognise Jack from Marisa Jack & Davy, and as one of the hosts of Mill Race Folk. He also plays in rock band Wolf People. He will be playing solo folk songs with guitar and bouzouki, many of which have been collected in Bedfordshire. Buy Tickets from Eventbrite now


Thursday 27th September 2018

Folk on the Boat

Matt Tighe & Tad Sargent

A two hour river cruise with live folk music from Matt and Tad leaves from the moorings at the Barns Hotel, Cardington Road, Bedford (boarding at 7.15 p.m).

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 an early autumnal evening.

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. London Born Tad Sargent, whose family roots come from Castlebar in county Mayo, started playing music at a young age on the piano. 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.

Don’t miss out, these tickets are very limited. Call the friendly team at John Bunyan boat on 01946 690301 (Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00) to book your tickets £tbc


Saturday 13th October 2018

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Bird in the Belly

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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Saturday 19th January 2019

Cohen Braithewaite Kilcoyne

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

Tickets £10 + booking fee

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne is a folk musician and singer. Cohen 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.

Cohen’s 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. Buy tickets from Eventbrite now


Saturday 9th March 2019

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Ewan McLennan

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

Tickets £10 + booking fee

Ewan’s last gig with Mill Race Folk was cancelled due to snow. We have finally managed to get him back, and this time it will be at the incredibly beautiful Moot Hall in Elstow.

Ewan’s music has depth of feeling & sincerity. Whether singing haunting traditional Scottish ballads or weaving the powerful stories that make up his own songs, Ewan’s unique, moving and earthy voice is always compelling. His guitar playing is outstanding and forms an essential part of his music. Ewan’s most recent project, entitled Breaking the Spell of Loneliness, was a collaborative tour and album with renowned author and journalist George Monbiot, seeking to use music and word to open up the issue of loneliness and community.

Support will come from hosts Marisa Jack & Davy. Buy tickets from Eventbrite now