Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp at Bromham Mill

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.

 

On Saturday 18th November, Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp return to Mill Race Folk with their debut album, The Poacher’s Fate.

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

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Supporting Ange Hardy and Lucas Drinkwater in Leicester

15259194_1496558080372447_7004641875846225793_oHello lovely people of Leicester. Greenbird Promotions have invited us back to play at The Musician on Clyde Street and we’re really looking forward to it. Not only is it a great little venue with a brilliant crowd, but we’re lucky enough to be supporting Ange Hardy and Lucas Drinkwater.

“The number of awards, accolades and five star reviews that Ange Hardy has acquired over the last few years is simply staggering but every single one has been entirely merited. They play an astonishing array of instruments astonishingly well and Hardy is a songwriter of rare power. Mike Harding (“the real deal”), Mark Radcliffe (“beautiful”), Fatea (“something really special”) and many more have recognised Hardy’s talent and it’s a delight to welcome her and Lucas to The Musician for the first time.”

Last seen in Leicester doing a superb set supporting Nancy Kerr, MarisaJack&Davy are among the most innovative artists on the folk scene. Their take on traditional songs are invigorating and refreshing and their playing and singing is superb.”Greenbird Promotions

Well, I couldn’t resist popping that little nugget of praise in on the last paragraph. Thanks for the ace review, Greenbird!
Tickets are just £11 from The Musician or wegottickets

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.