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!

Mill Race Folk Programme 2018-2019

More acoustic events at Mill Race Folk will be announced soon, but here is a flavour of things to come. Tickets for the shows below are available to buy now.


 

Saturday 22nd September 2018

FOLK DOUBLE BILL

Jack Sharp and Thom Ashworth

Moot Hall, Church End, Elstow, MK42 9XT. Doors at 7:00 PM,

Tickets £10 + booking fee

To start our new Mill Race Folk season we have an amazing double bill.

Thom Ashworth is an English folksinger and bassist and has been described as a “vibrant new voice-to-watch on the folk scene” by fRoots Magazine. He performs stripped back arrangements of traditional songs on voice and acoustic bass guitar. Listen to Thom’s 2nd EP, ‘Hollow’

You will recognise Jack from Marisa Jack & Davy, and as one of the hosts of Mill Race Folk. He also plays in rock band Wolf People. He will be playing solo folk songs with guitar and bouzouki, many of which have been collected in Bedfordshire. Buy Tickets from Eventbrite now


Thursday 27th September 2018

Folk on the Boat

Matt Tighe & Tad Sargent

A two hour river cruise with live folk music from Matt and Tad leaves from the moorings at the Barns Hotel, Cardington Road, Bedford (boarding at 7.15 p.m).

Gorgeous folk duo Matt Tighe and Tad Sargent come to Bedford on 27th September to play Mill Race Folk on The John Bunyan Boat.  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.

Matt Tighe is quickly making a name for himself in the world of folk and Traditional music. He has been described as a, “fiery virtuoso”, and has already had an extensive experience in performance, playing at many festivals and clubs within the UK and Ireland. London Born Tad Sargent, whose family roots come from Castlebar in county Mayo, started playing music at a young age on the piano. He picked up the bouzouki in 2008 and has performed/recorded and worked with many great musicians and groups such as Barrule, Tony Christie, Luke Daniels and Cara Dillon.

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 £tbc


Saturday 13th October 2018

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Bird in the Belly

Moot Hall, Church End, Elstow, MK42 9XT. Doors at 7:00 PM,

Tickets £10 + booking fee

Bird in the Belly are a Brighton based collective made up of solo artist Jinnwoo, folk duo Hickory Signals, visual artist Epha Roe, and instrumentalist Tom Pryor. Together they have spent the last 12 months recording songs and stories that have either never before been recorded or are rarely recorded – all set to contemporary folk music, in the hopes of reintroducing these songs back into the folk canon. Tickets are available now

 


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Saturday 19th January 2019

Cohen Braithewaite Kilcoyne

Moot Hall, Church End, Elstow, MK42 9XT. Doors at 7:00 PM,

Tickets £10 + booking fee

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne is a folk musician and singer. Cohen has been a musician since the age of 6 and took to squeezeboxes in his teens and has since developed into a fine player of both the melodeon and anglo concertina. Cohen is also a well-regarded singer and in 2014 won Bromyard Folk Festival’s Future of Young Folk Award for singing.

Cohen’s solo repertoire consists mainly of traditional songs with accompaniment from anglo concertina or melodeon. Alongside this Cohen also performs traditional tunes and the occasional un-accompanied song. An average solo performance includes traditional ballads, historical songs, 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. Buy tickets from Eventbrite now


Saturday 9th March 2019

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Ewan McLennan

Moot Hall, Church End, Elstow, MK42 9XT. Doors at 7:00 PM,

Tickets £10 + booking fee

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 most recent 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 will come from hosts Marisa Jack & Davy. Buy tickets from Eventbrite now

 

Folk on the Boat With Matt Tighe and Tad Sargent

Gorgeous folk duo Matt Tighe and Tad Sargent come to Bedford on 27th September to play Mill Race Folk on The John Bunyan Boat.  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 a late summer’s evening.

The two hour folk cruise leaves from the moorings at the Barns Hotel, Cardington Road, Bedford boarding at 7.15 p.m.

A 3 course pre-cruise dinner can be booked in advance from the Barns Hotel (01234 270044). Drinks are available from the Riverside Tavern Bar

So don’t miss out! Call the friendly team at John Bunyan boat on 01946 690301 (Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00) to book your tickets

About Matt and Tad:

Living in South London and born to an Irish and Trinidadian background, fiddle player Matt Tighe is quickly making a name for himself in the world of folk and Traditional music. He has been described as a, “fiery virtuoso”, and has already had an extensive experience in performance, playing at many festivals and clubs within the UK and Ireland. Matt has won numerous awards such as the London Fiddle Champion and numerous All Britain Championships, been a finalist in the Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections and a nominee at the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

London Born Tad Sargent, whose family roots come from Castlebar in county Mayo, started playing music at a young age on the piano.  He started playing the bodhrán (the Irish drum) in 2002 after re-discovering his childhood love for Irish music. Learning about Irish music took years of attending sessions run by Irish music legends such as Mick O’Connor.  He picked up the bouzouki in 2008 and has performed/recorded and worked with many great musicians and groups such as Barrule, Tony Christie, Luke Daniels and Cara Dillon.

 

Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson

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Last month we had and Will Hampson performing on the . It was a lovely warm Spring evening. The river was looking gorgeous and the music was perfect. Folk on the boat returns in September, why not subscribe to our newsletter so you can be first in line for tickets. The boat can only take 40 people so the show could sell out fast. Cruise on Bedford’s beautiful Ouse with a glass of booze, good folk and nice views. Or something!

If you missed Bryony and Will, here’s a session they recorded for us before the show. Here they perform ‘The Ringers of Egloshayle’. We’ll be recording a podcast with them in a few weeks all about the background to this song.

If you’re new to The Mill Race Folk podcast, you can listen to our first four episodes here. We have music and folk song discussion with Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp, The Foxglove Trio, Stick in the Wheel and Gemma Khawaja. Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode. Also, let us know what you think of the podcast by contacting us with your thoughts and comments. We’d love to hear from you.

Folk on the Boat

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Book your tickets for Folk on the Boat with Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson now.  Head to the John Bunyan Community Boat to find out more or call 01234 270044 to buy a ticket.

Expect powerful vocals from Bryony and deliciously rustic fiddle playing.  She will be accompanied by her husband, Will who is an excellent box player.  They have a distinctive repertoire of dark ballads, chorus songs and dance tunes all delivered with good-humoured Yorkshire banter.

Support comes from MarisaJack&Davy!

Folk on the Boat

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Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson

We’ve joined forces with the team at The John Bunyan Community Boat and we are so excited to announce the launch of ‘Folk on the Boat’.

Our first cruise takes place on Thursday evening, June 14th 2018. It will feature well known folk artists Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. Expect powerful vocals, deliciously rustic fiddle playing and driving yet sensitive box playing. They have a distinctive repertoire of dark ballads, chorus songs and dance tunes all delivered with good-humoured Yorkshire banter. The Mill Race Folk team, MarisaJack&Davy will be onboard playing a few songs too.

It’s a two hour cruise that leaves from the moorings at the Barns Hotel, Cardington Road, Bedford. We’ll be boarding at 7.15 p.m.

There’s a 3 course pre-cruise dinner that can be booked in advance from the Barns Hotel (01234 270044). Drinks are available from the Riverside Tavern Bar.

Don’t miss ‘Folk on the Boat’.  Book a ticket and visit the John Bunyan Boat website by clicking here