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

Campfire Club

We’re playing in London on Friday 3rd August, supporting Cath and Phil Tyler at The Nest Collective’s Campfire Club.

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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

Get in: 18:00
Doors: 19:00
Stage times: Marisa Jack & Davy – 20:00 to 20:40 / Cath & Phil Tyler – 21:00 to 22:00 (approx)
Address: secret location!
Get your tickets by clicking here. See you there!

Stick In the Wheel At Bedford Esquires

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

Mill Race Folk Social

HEY! Mill Race Folk Xmas Social is on Saturday 9th December. Come! Sing! Play! We wanna hear your folk songs- We have floor spots available. A night of festive, friendly folk with lovely people, it would be great to see you. There will be beer and wine for sale, tea and coffee, mince pies and a charity raffle. Message us for more details. Also we have special guest performer Men Diamler.

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He has toured the UK extensively, sharing the stage with the likes of BILLY CHILDISH, TONY ALLEN, LUKE HAINES AND ALASDAIR ROBERTS, and recorded sessions for Marc Riley’s 6 Music Show, Radio X and Resonance FM.

In 2017 Men Diamler appeared on the STICK IN THE WHEEL curated compilation “From Here : English Folk Field Recordings” and has began work on recording his first ‘band’ record.

Mill Race Folk Christmas Social is at Basement at Bunyan, Bunyan Meeting Church, Mill Street, Bedford, MK40 3EU on Saturday 9th December. Doors at 7:30pm.

Here are some photos of some of our floor spot performers from our last Mill Race Folk social at Basement at Bunyan from June 2017

Mill Race Folk Social Photos

On Saturday 3rd June we had our first Mill Race Folk Social at Basement at Bunyan in Bedford. We had a huge variety of floor spot performers with guitar, flute, melodeon, jig dolls, a morris monkey stick (a pole with metal “jingles” with a  boot attached to the base), dulcimer stick and bouzouki. Everyone who performed was brilliant. Some had been playing for years, for others it was their first time on their own in front of a crowd. The audience belted out the choruses and we only broke one wine glass. A special thank you to Bity Booker who traveled from London to perform a special extended floor spot for us. She was magical!

Our performers were Edward Major, Gillie Sharp, Christian Webb, Nicky Clements, Matthew Rickard. Julie MacLaren, Bity Booker, Roy Hollowell & Maggie Plowman, Sam Wilson, Simon Munnery and MarisaJack&Davy from Mill Race Folk.

We had a raffle for local Bedford charity,  JustUs and raised almost £70 for them. Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket.

Thanks also to Anna Rickard and Tracey Wright who took some pictures for us. We were so busy we forgot to document the evening! We are looking for more, so if you were at the night and you have a photo buried away on your phone we’d love to see them.

Jack’s parents, Peter and Gillie, we’re invaluable at helping us man our DIY bar (sorry we ran out of white wine, we will definitely buy more next time!) and for keeping an eye on the door. We are really thankful for all their help on the night.

We plan to do another social in the Autumn with another special guest. If you would like to be involved, please contact us. See you soon x

 

From Here: English Folk Field Recordings

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Jack being recorded in our kitchen.

A few months back Nic & Ian from Stick in the Wheel journeyed over to our little terrace house in Bedford to record Jack singing and playing in our kitchen. They’ve been going around the country doing folk field recordings: Capturing the folk performer raw at home in just a take or two with no studio frills or pesky overdubs! The result is From Here: English Folk Field Recordings – a set of immediate and intimate recordings by contemporary folk singers doing traditional songs that mean something to them, due to be released on 17th March 2017. It features folk establishment figures like Jon Boden, Lisa Knapp, Martin and Eliza Carthy, and one of our very own- Mr Jack Sharp singing Bedfordshire May Carol (track 1!). Well done guys on a fabulous album. We love it x

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A review in FROOTS magazine of ‘From Here’

December 18, 2016 Union Chapel Bar, London

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Photo by @Redrospective

“That was a religious song. We’re not particularly religious but it’s got some imagery about zombies”

On December 18th 2016 we supported the amazing Stick in the Wheel at the Union Chapel Bar. We had a great time, we always have fun when we visit London. There was a lovely blogger in the audience who took some very professional photos of us and Stick in the Wheel. They wrote a sweet little review of our set too (our first ever review!). You can read more about it and admire the excellent pictures at Redrospective.