The Mill Race Folk Song Podcast is now on Spotify

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.

PODCAST: Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson Perform ‘The Ringers of Egloshayle

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 FacebookTwitter 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 podcast is available to listen to now from Podbean or iTunes 

Bird In the Belly

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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

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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.

The next event at Moot Hall is Mill Race Folk Presents Bird in the Belly on Oct 13th. Don’t miss it, guys x

Campfire Club

We’re playing in London on Friday 3rd August, supporting Cath and Phil Tyler at The Nest Collective’s Campfire Club.

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It is going to outdoors and unamplified, so we took our instruments to a field in Bedfordshire on a warm summer’s evening to practise. Next time, we’re going to wear some bug spray.

Event Info for Campfire Club

Get in: 18:00
Doors: 19:00
Stage times: Marisa Jack & Davy – 20:00 to 20:40 / Cath & Phil Tyler – 21:00 to 22:00 (approx)
Address: secret location!
Get your tickets by clicking here. See you there!

Folk Podcast Episode Four

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Marisa Jack and Davy present The Mill Race Folk Podcast. It’s all about traditional folk songs by the people who perform them.

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 FacebookTwitter or check out our website.

Original Music and Production by Jack Sharp

Edited by Jack Sharp & Marisa Straccia

Administration by Marisa Straccia

Anna and Elizabeth at Moot Hall

This is very exciting news! We have a very special event at the gorgeous Moot Hall in Elstow, Bedford. We have the wonderful Anna and Elizabeth coming to Mill Race Folk!

Elizabeth LaPrelle was raised in rural Virginia and is frequently lauded as the finest traditional singer of her generation. Anna Roberts-Gevalt is a multi-instrumentalist whose musical curiosity has taken her from old time fiddling in Kentucky to a more recent immersion in Brooklyn’s avant-garde community. Together they find new ways to tell old stories of love, loss and intrigue, while relishing the tension that arises between their very different backgrounds and orthodoxies; holding firm to the roots of the music while removing the limits of how that music can be played and presented.

They will play with additional accompanists to recreate the expansive sonic landscape of their new album. The spartan simplicity of their voices and acoustic instruments will include percussion, synth, pump organ, woodwinds, field recordings, film projections, choreography, and crankies—illustrated, hand-cranked scrolls depicting songs and stories as they are performed.

“Simply amazing.” No Depression Magazine

“Heartbreakingly great.” Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire)

“They brought many of us to tears with some of the most yearning harmonies I’ve heard at the Tiny Desk…
Take a deep breath and soak it all in.”  
Bob Boilen (NPR MUSIC)

Tickets are only £16 (plus booking fee) and you can buy them here at eventbrite.

ABOUT MOOT HALL

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The venue for this event is at Moot Hall. It’s a 15th century timber-framed market hall, set on the village green, in the centre of Elstow

The hall was originally built to serve Elstow Abbey as a market house but is now a museum. It contains beautiful period furniture and has exhibits illustrating the life and traditions of 17th century England. The Star Food Co. will be on site selling picnic style nibbles and snacks along with tea, coffee, beer and wine.

Stick In The Wheel at Bedford Esquires

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Known for Kearey’s fierce, authentic delivery, this is culturally & politically switched on folk with roots embedded in working-class heritage. Their 2nd album ‘Follow Them True’ is released on 26 January 2018. They examine rituals & cycles, our inherent power to change ourselves & the world around us, the past repeating itself, ghosts & death, land & place, thieves & beggars.

Stick in the Wheel have been one of the most popular acts we’ve had a Mill Race Folk. They’re coming back to play at Bedford Esquires on Saturday 31st March 2018. Tickets are just £12 and are on sale now from eventbrite (they are already selling fast!). Get there early to see us play a set as support!