Cinder Well were incredible at Foster Hill Road Cemetery Chapel in Bedford. This venue sounds so good it’s unreal! We feel so lucky to have had the chance to use this magical space, isolated on the top of the hill.
Adrian Bean wrote a lovely review of the night. We’ve included a little excerpt:
“The chapel was an ideal place to perform plaintive melodies about death and loss. Multi-instrumentalist Amelia has an amazing voice, and the harmonies with Marit were as beautiful and haunting as anything that can ever have been heard in the chapel. Sad but joyous. Musicianship made to look easy. And to cap it all, they love graveyards.”
Thanks so much to everyone who attended, and listened, and sang along, and drank the bar dry!
Huge thanks to Ebb, Sue, Adrian and from Friends at Foster Hill Cemetery for all their help and to our good mate, Robbie for ushering people up the hill. Also thanks to Rachel and James at Made in Bedford at Number 13 for providing delicious vegan wraps!
Invisible Folk Club are curating a folk event at The Higgins
Pride, Inspiration, Hope: Bedfordshire Brickworks Day at the Higgins Museum Bedford is on Saturday 25th May 2019. Music is in the courtyard from 11am – 4pm. We’re on at 3pm and will be performing ‘The Pits That Scarred the Land’ written by Graeme Meek.
11am Jack in a Barrel 1130 Nigel Moorcroft 1200 Chris Lawley 1230 Jon Bickley 1300 Petrichor 1330 Lizzy Hardingham 1400 Ragged Staff 1430 Catherine Earnshaw 1500 Marisa, Jack & Davy 1530 Pete Castle
Other events will be taking place on the day in the Museum buildings. One of these will be an interview and discussion about the Brickworks with David Syzmanski (former Managing Director of Hanson Building Products) conducted by Jon Bickley from Invisible Folk.
We’ve had some amazing guests on our podcast and now you can hear it on Spotify. Please check out our episodes. It’s called the Mill Race Folk Song podcast. We get the performers at our night to record a traditional folk song, then we have a nice cosy chat about it.
Sometimes we talk about where they found the song, how they go about arranging it, what they like about the lyrics, maybe there’s a bit of social history to talk about. We really learn a lot from other folk musicians by doing these interviews. Let us know what you think! We’re also on iTunes and Podbean.
In other news, we’re busy sorting out the finishing touches to our EP. Expect some new music from us next year.
We travelled to The Yorkshire Sculpture Park to talk to Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson about ‘The Ringers of Egloshayle’. It’s a lively song based on the real life successes of an unrivalled bell ringing team from Cornwall. Warning: The sound quality of our conversation in this episode isn’t the best as we recorded it outdoors, but stick with us if you can!
In this episode with talked about holidays in sunny England, the perils of living with a huge folk library, and our favourite bogeyman, the dreaded folk police!
Check out Bryony’s new solo album, Hover. Twelve English traditional folk tunes on the fiddle. You can watch a video of Bryony and Will performing The Ringers of Egloshayle here.
Like the music? Come to Mill Race Folk in Bedford and experience the night for yourself. We would love to see you there. Find us on Facebook, Twitter or check out our website. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and leave us a nice review if you’ve enjoyed the shows.
The days are getting chillier and the nights longer and darker, but please don’t decide to hibernate just yet. This Saturday we are excited for the arrival of Bird in the Belly at Moot Hall in Elstow, Bedford. We still have tickets available. If you haven’t visited Moot Hall yet what on Earth are you waiting for? It’s a glorious old building just perfect for acoustic folk music. It would be wonderful to see you there.
Marisa, Jack and Davy will be supporting on the night too with Rachel on hand with a few tasty snacks.
This is the last Mill Race Folk of the year, so don’t miss it!
Saturday 13th October 2018
BIRD IN THE BELLY
with support from Marisa Jack and Davy
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
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.
We spoke to Gemma Khawaja before the Mill Race Folk sing-a-round at The Star Rowing Club in Bedford on the 14th April 2018. She sings ‘George Collins’ (aka Clerk Colvill and Clerk Colven). It’s a mysterious ballad with many supernatural elements and a story involving poisonous kisses and jilted lovers.
Gemma has just released a new album called Caelum Scalptorium (The Engraver’s Chisel). It’s a available to download from Bandcamp.
Like the music? Come to Mill Race Folk in Bedford and experience the night for yourself. We would love to see you there. Find us on Facebook, Twitter or check out our website.