Thom Ashworth & Jack Sharp

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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!

Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp at Bromham Mill

Mill Race Folk brings an excellent selection of contemporary folk and traditional music to the beautiful, intimate setting of Bromham Mill, Bedfordshire. Live music starts at 8pm with an interval for DINNER, with the cafe once again providing delicious food and drink.

 

On Saturday 18th November, Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp return to Mill Race Folk with their debut album, The Poacher’s Fate.

Laura and Ted take a no-nonsense approach to traditional English folk song, taking their cues from revival singers such as Frankie Armstrong, Peter Bellamy and the Watersons and placing an emphasis on strong vocals, tight harmonies and unfussy arrangements.
Their repertoire is drawn from and inspired by their homes in the North West and East Anglia, expect to hear a distinctive range of songs sung with passion.

Tickets are only £10 and available to buy now from eventbrite

 “If anyone was to ask you what English folksong sounds like, simply playing them any track on this record would answer the question.” Folk Radio UK

“There’s no artifice, no straining for clever effects at all. It’s just damn good songs sung beautifully.” Mike Harding, The Mike Harding Folk Show

“Good straight ahead, proper job folk duo like what they made in the 1970s – sound and look like an escapee from Trailer. No silly folkist mannerisms, and not twee… worth investigating.” Ian Anderson

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Oxjam

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We’re playing Bedford Oxjam later this month. Various music venues, pubs and bars in Bedford will be hosting local musicians throughout the day for a brilliant cause. We’ll be playing at The Ent Shed on Castle Road, Bedford at 3pm