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. 
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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. 
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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!

A Natter With Invisible Folk Club

In the summer we spent an afternoon with the Invisible Folk Club playing some traditional songs and having a chat (and drinking a lot of tea) for their podcast. Thanks for having us on your show, guys! It’s available to listen to now on iTunes or Spotify.

Marisa Jack and Davy
Marisa Jack and Davy performing for The Invisible Folk Podcast

Here’s what Steve and Jon from Invisible Folk said about this episode:
“Great new podcast released today featuring MarisaJack&Davy, the finest folk group in Bedfordshire. Please share with your friends and networks.
How to listen Invisible Folk Club podcasts:
– On iTunes or Spotify, search for Invisible Folk Club
– If you are not an iTunes or Spotify user listen or download via http://invisiblefolkclub.libsyn.com/
– Go to https://invisiblefolkclub.com/ and at the foot of the page you will find the list of podcasts for streaming.

Marisa, Jack & Davy breathe life into lesser known traditional folk songs. They all sing, play guitar and percussion. Their 3 part harmonies and arrangements are inventive and original.
They also run occasional acoustic folk nights and promote concerts in and around Bedford under the name Mill Race Folk. They look for venues that reflect the history and aesthetics of the local area and have featured such artists as Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Anna & Elizabeth, Stick in the Wheel.”

Anna and Elizabeth in The New Yorker

What Can an Old Folk Song Tell Us?

If I were Queen of France, or still better Pope of Rome,
I’d have no fighting men abroad, nor weeping maids at home.
All the world should be at peace, and the right should be the might,
I’d have those that made the quarrelling the only ones to fight.

This is the refrain from “Jeano and Jeannette,” the opening track from Anna and Elizabeth’s new album, ‘The Invisible Comes to Us’. They chat to Robert Sullivan in this fascinating article in The New Yorker.

If you live in Bedfordshire, make sure you have a ticket to see Anna and Elizabeth when they come to play at Moot Hall for Mill Race Folk on Saturday 5th May. Tickets are available at eventbrite

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