Review from Folking.com

We weren’t really expecting many reviews for our first EP, Bring Us In. The word is that most folk reviewers prefer to cover albums, so we are so pleased that Mike Davies from folking.com took the time to listen and write about us. You can read the whole review on the website.

Our next live show is supporting the amazing Will Pound at The Green Note in Camden on Monday 18th November, for Folk On Monday.

You can get tickets now from The Green Note website for £12.

Halloween Supper Club

On Monday 29th October Bedford’s favourite vegan cafe, Number 13 (it’s next to the Corn Exchange opposite Market Square) will be transformed into a magical venue for their first Supper Club. To celebrate Halloween, their new in-house chef, Mirna, will be cooking an amazing four course seasonal vegan meal and we’ll be providing some atmospheric doom folk music. Eating a vegan banquet whilst listening to us singing about murder is peak Halloween dontcha know!


Come and join us for an evening of sublime food and music in this lovely venue. Price £32.93. Please book by going to eventbrite

Dinner starts at 7:30pm


-Welcome drink and herbed cream ‘cheese’ and cherry tomato bites & marrow-fat pea canapes
-Pumpkin and yellow split pea soup with toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds
-Pastry wrapped ‘haggis’ served with turnip and potato mash, and red wine gravy
-Cinnamon apple filled crepes with caramel sauce and creamy vanilla ice cream
-Coffee or tea

Newsletter

Our newsletter is here! All the info you’ll need for Cinder Well at Hey Ho! Folk with support from us: Marisa Jack and Davy.

There are links to tickets and all the info about our deliciously gothic venue at Foster Hill Road Cemetery chapel. If you have any questions just ask! Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday x

>>Read our newsletter now

Cinder Well

Cinder Well is on Saturday 8th June

Cinder Well is coming to play a very special show at Hey Ho! Folk in the beautiful Victorian chapel at Foster Hill Road Cemetery on Saturday 8th June. Her lyrics explore themes of loss, empty houses, and generational trauma. Cinder Well’s most recent album is dedicated to friends of the band who have passed in recent years.

The music is doomy folk from the depths! Tickets are available now and are only £10.

>>Buy here

Brown Boots!

Thanks so much to Will and Martin from Brown Boots! They were the perfect musical accompaniment to our trip on board the John Bunyan Community boat. If you want to be on the next one, join us on Thursday 25th July with Arfur Doo and the Toerags. Call 01946 690301 for tickets.

Comin’ Up at Hey Ho! Folk

Thursday 23rd May 2019

Brown Boots!

FOLK ON THE BOAT

Departing from the Barns Hotel (Cardington Road, Bedford) at 19.30pm for a 2 hour round trip, tickets are £17.50 per person and there’s a licensed bar available on board.

Call 01946 690301 for tickets

Ahoy there!
Hey Ho! Folk is going on a musical river cruise and you’re all invited!
We’ve some lively folk music from Brown Boots! They are a traditional folk duo made up of Will Allen on melodeon and Martin Clarke on fiddle.

They’ll take you on a journey across beautiful musical landscapes, which is perfect as the boat will be travelling along the pretty river through Bedford. The duo play tunes from across Britain and Ireland – and even further afield. It’s like going for a walk on a clear, spring morning, with the fresh air full of life! No need to bring your walking boots this time though guys, it’s a cosy boat trip!

 Call the friendly team at John Bunyan Community boat on 01946 690301 to get tickets.Brown Boots!- The Sailor’s Wife


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Cinder Well aka Amelia Baker

Saturday 8th June 2019

Cinder Well

Foster Hill Road Cemetery,
Foster Hill Road, Bedford, MK41 7TD

Doors at 7:30pm

Tickets £10 at eventbrite

Hurry up and get your tickets for this one! Cinder Well is the haunting folk project of singer and multi-instrumentalist, Amelia Baker from the USA.

The first night at our new venue: the Cemetery Chapel at Foster Hill Road. This is a fascinating and beautiful building and we are very lucky to be able to use it to hold our intimate folk nights.

Amelia’s songs are nostalgic and moving, centered around memory, loss, place, and longing. While heavily influenced by traditional American and Irish music and song, Cinder Well is deeply personal and original. Amelia Baker’s mourning vocals are framed with resonator guitar, shruti box, and strings, and her lyrics and cathartic melodies wrap listeners in a surrealist world just adjacent to our own.

Born out of a collective love of 1970’s folk-rock, traditional ballads, and dance music of America, Ireland, and Scandinavia, Cinder Well’s sound is at once provoking and nostalgic. 
>>Tickets available now.


Thursday 25th July 2019

Arfur Doo & The Toerags

FOLK ON THE BOAT

Departing from the Barns Hotel (Cardington Road, Bedford) at 19.30pm for a 2 hour round trip, tickets are £17.50 per person and there’s a licensed bar available on board.

Call 01946 690301 for tickets

Arfur Doo & the Toerags are a traditional Irish folk band with a few twists. Guitar, bass, cajon, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, flute, penny whistle and recorder combine for fast-paced, energetic tunes and delicate ballads. It’s going to be a proper party boat and an immensely enjoyable evening so don’t miss it!

 Call the friendly team at John Bunyan Community boat on 01946 690301 to get tickets.

Thursday 26th September 2019

FOLK ON THE BOAT

With Matt Tighe & Tad Sargent

Departing from the Barns Hotel (Cardington Road, Bedford) at 19.30pm for a 2 hour round trip, tickets are £17.50 per person and there’s a licensed bar available on board.

Call 01946 690301 for tickets

Folk duo Matt Tighe and Tad Sargent came to Bedford last year to play Folk on the Boat on The John Bunyan Boat. They loved it and we loved them so they’re back!

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.

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 £17.50


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The Askew Sisters at Bromham Mill

Saturday 19th October 2019

The Askew Sisters

Foster Hill Road Cemetery,
Foster Hill Road, Bedford, MK41 7TD

Doors at 7:30pm

Tickets £12 at eventbrite

Emily and Hazel Askew have become known as two of the foremost performers and interpreters of English folk music and they’re coming back to Bedford!

Their live performances brim with the depth and connection not only of two sisters, but also of two musicians who have been immersed in folk music all their lives.

Together, they rework and reinterpret songs and balladry, creating breath-taking arrangements, which allow words that are hundreds of years old to resonate profoundly with contemporary audiences.

Alongside this, both women are also skilled multi-instrumentalists and expert players of dance music, using fiddles, melodeons, concertina and cello in their innate drive to bring old dance music to life.

>>Tickets available now.

The Bricks That Built a Community

If you’re at The Higgins Museum over the Spring and Summer you might see us appearing on a video performing ‘The Pits that Scarred the Land’ by Graeme Meek.

The video was made by Invisible Folk (Jon Bickley & Steve Yarwood). They were recently commissioned by the Higgins Museum (Bedford) to produce a short film for an exhibition called ‘The Journey From Bunyan to the Brickworks’. It will run from 6 April – 29 September 2019. This short film is going to run continuously throughout the exhibition.

They used the knowledge and experience of David Szymanski (former Managing Director of Hanson Building Products) to make it. He knows the history of Stewartby and its Brickworks. David’s story is complemented by songs written in the folk idiom by local songwriter Graeme Meek.

Mill Race Folk 2019

We’ve got some great folk acts booked for 2019 at Moot Hall in Elstow, Bedfordshire and at a new venue in the heart of Bedford town (details to be revealed in Spring). We have more podcast episodes planned, more trips aboard the John Bunyan Community Boat and Marisa Jack and Davy will be releasing a new record too. We will announce details of that later in the year.

COMING UP IN 2019

Cohen Braithewaite Kilcoyne
Saturday 19th January at Moot Hall
The perfect way to shake off the post Christmas blues!
Cohen took to squeezeboxes in his teens and has since developed into a fine player of both the melodeon and anglo concertina. 

His charming solo repertoire consists mainly of traditional songs, tunes and the occasional un-accompanied song. Expect ballads, 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.

Support comes from Marisa Straccia. She is one of the organisers of Mill Race Folk and one third of folk trio, Marisa Jack and Davy. She’ll be singing traditional British songs on banjo and guitar.Tickets are only £10. 
Buy tickets now>>>

Ewan McLennan.
Saturday 9th March at Moot Hall
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 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 comes from Davy Willis. He is one of the organisers of Mill Race Folk and one third of folk trio, Marisa Jack and Davy. He’ll be singing traditional British songs on guitar.Tickets are only £10. 
Buy tickets now>>>

THE MILL RACE FOLK SONG PODCAST
Marisa Jack and Davy’s aim with Mill Race Folk is to create an intimate, cosy acoustic folk night with the best folk artists from around the country. Since 2015 we’ve been meeting all these great singers and players such as The Askew Sisters, Martin Carthy, Stick In The Wheel and John Kirkpatrick (to name but a few!) and we felt it would be great to share that in a podcast format.Find out more about traditional folk songs and learn straight from the people who sing them. In the podcasts we ask the performers at Mill Race Folk to choose a song to play as a session, then we have a little chat about it. Listen now >>
Folk On The Boat will return in Summer 2019. Acts to be announced soon. Dates for your diary are:
Thursday 23rd MAY 2019
Thursday 25TH JULY 2019
Thursday 26TH SEPTEMBER 2019
As soon as tickets are available we’ll let you know. Folk on the boat is a unique and beautiful way to experience traditional tunes on the water. Sit back, watch the world drift by as you cruise on the Ouse with drink or two. Ahhh, perfect!