We’re going to be out and about in the next few weeks playing songs from our new folk fuelled Bring Us In EP which is out on November 1st 2019. Come and say hi! Listen to Oak and Ash and Thorn now.
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
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.
We’re playing in London on Friday 3rd August, supporting Cath and Phil Tyler at The Nest Collective’s Campfire Club.
It is going to outdoors and unamplified, so we took our instruments to a field in Bedfordshire on a warm summer’s evening to practise. Next time, we’re going to wear some bug spray.
Event Info for Campfire Club
Thanks so much to Jon Bickley and Steve Yarwood at Invisible Folk Club podcast. We had a great time on a hot and sticky Saturday afternoon singing, drinking tea and chatting away about all things Mill Race Folk. We had a lovely time. Their podcast will be available to download in the Autumn.
Invisible Folk Club are a small production company based in south east England producing podcasts and radio shows aimed mainly at the folk music community and related groups. They champion authentic music that is ancient and modern and have produced over 50 podcast shows! Why not check out a show on mix cloud.
We have some gigs coming up. It would be lovely to see you there!
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.
Stay informed by signing up to our newsletter. Ewan and everyone at Mill Race Folk are gutted that tonight has been cancelled but we look forward to seeing you all soon x
This is very exciting news! We have a very special event at the gorgeous Moot Hall in Elstow, Bedford. We have the wonderful Anna and Elizabeth coming to Mill Race Folk!
Elizabeth LaPrelle was raised in rural Virginia and is frequently lauded as the finest traditional singer of her generation. Anna Roberts-Gevalt is a multi-instrumentalist whose musical curiosity has taken her from old time fiddling in Kentucky to a more recent immersion in Brooklyn’s avant-garde community. Together they find new ways to tell old stories of love, loss and intrigue, while relishing the tension that arises between their very different backgrounds and orthodoxies; holding firm to the roots of the music while removing the limits of how that music can be played and presented.
They will play with additional accompanists to recreate the expansive sonic landscape of their new album. The spartan simplicity of their voices and acoustic instruments will include percussion, synth, pump organ, woodwinds, field recordings, film projections, choreography, and crankies—illustrated, hand-cranked scrolls depicting songs and stories as they are performed.
“Simply amazing.” No Depression Magazine
“Heartbreakingly great.” Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire)
“They brought many of us to tears with some of the most yearning harmonies I’ve heard at the Tiny Desk…
Take a deep breath and soak it all in.” Bob Boilen (NPR MUSIC)
Tickets are only £16 (plus booking fee) and you can buy them here at eventbrite.
ABOUT MOOT HALL
The venue for this event is at Moot Hall. It’s a 15th century timber-framed market hall, set on the village green, in the centre of Elstow
The hall was originally built to serve Elstow Abbey as a market house but is now a museum. It contains beautiful period furniture and has exhibits illustrating the life and traditions of 17th century England. The Star Food Co. will be on site selling picnic style nibbles and snacks along with tea, coffee, beer and wine.
Mill Race Folk brings an excellent selection of contemporary folk and traditional music to the beautiful, intimate setting of Bromham Mill, Bedfordshire. Live music starts at 8pm with an interval for DINNER, with the cafe once again providing delicious food and drink.
Laura and Ted take a no-nonsense approach to traditional English folk song, taking their cues from revival singers such as Frankie Armstrong, Peter Bellamy and the Watersons and placing an emphasis on strong vocals, tight harmonies and unfussy arrangements.
Their repertoire is drawn from and inspired by their homes in the North West and East Anglia, expect to hear a distinctive range of songs sung with passion.
Tickets are only £10 and available to buy now from eventbrite
“If anyone was to ask you what English folksong sounds like, simply playing them any track on this record would answer the question.” Folk Radio UK
“There’s no artifice, no straining for clever effects at all. It’s just damn good songs sung beautifully.” Mike Harding, The Mike Harding Folk Show
“Good straight ahead, proper job folk duo like what they made in the 1970s – sound and look like an escapee from Trailer. No silly folkist mannerisms, and not twee… worth investigating.” Ian Anderson
Today has been a sunny day here in Bedford, but I’ve got a lot posters to design. Instead of frolicking in the park, I’ve been making some progress on the next Mill Race Folk poster that we’ll need for November. It’s not a bad likeness of Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp. I hope they like the illustration. We’re looking forward to welcoming them back at the Mill on the 18th November. You can buy a ticket now here. Marisa x
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