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

The Offline Festival

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We’re playing at The Offline Festival this Saturday at Hounslow Hall Estate, Buckinghamshire. Catch us singing unamplified around a campfire near the ‘Power Forum’ venue at around 22:00.

This unique festival is about community with talks and seminars curated for community businesses, social enterprises, community projects & socially responsible corporate partners. There will be opportunities for friends and family to experience hands-on learning, business skill-building, insightful discussions, epic stories, and personal growth sessions. Wow. What a programme! I mean, this festival promises a lot! We’re intrigued. Can’t wait to explore and learn something new.

We were invited by The Nest Collective to play. They’ve curated all the live music for the festival this year.

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The Askew Sisters at Mill Race Folk

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Mill Race Folk has returned to Bromham Mill! Marisa Jack and Davy are ready to go with another excellent selection of contemporary folk and traditional music in the beautiful, intimate setting of Bedford’s 18th century water mill. The the cafe once again providing delicious food and drink.

To start our new season, The Askew Sisters will be performing!
“From dark ballads to uplifting dance tunes, they play with driving energy and the unity of two people who have played together all their lives.

The sisters use fiddle, melodeon and concertina to breathtaking effect, creating cinematic arrangements that get to the very heart of each song. These create a perfect setting for Hazel’s striking voice, which won her Best Female Singer at the Spiral Earth Awards 2011.

Emily and Hazel’s latest album, In the Air or the Earth, was released by RootBeat Records, to widespread critical acclaim, including the Spiral Earth Award for Best Traditional Album 2015.”

Tickets are only £10 and are available from eventbrite or pop into the Mill at the weekend and buy a ticket from Rachel at the cafe x

Leytonstone Festival Supporting Martin Carthy

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Martin Carthy at Mill Race Folk

We are pleased to be returning to What’s Cookin’ on Sunday 9th July 2017 as part of  LEYTONSTONE FESTIVAL

We’re supporting folk legend Martin Carthy. No introduction is necessary! It is advance booking only so call 07904 210218 for a ticket. Doors are at 7pm.

Full line up is Martin Carthy / MarisaJack&Davy  / MG Boulter. Hope to see you there!

Venue info:

What’s Cookin’…
Upstairs @ Leytonstone Ex-Servicemens Club
Harvey Road
Leytonstone, London E11 3DB

Leytonstone Underground (2 min)
Leytonstone High Road BR Station (10 min)

John Kirkpatrick at Mill Race Folk

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This is a big one for Mill Race Folk. We are really excited!

John Kirkpatrick is one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, and has established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso (melodeon, Anglo concertina and button accordion), as well as a leading interpreter of English folk music. During his long career he has played with Martin Carthy, Shirley Collins, Richard Thompson and Steeleye Span to name but a few. Support on the night comes from us lot, local trio Marisa Jack & Davy.

Tickets are only £12 and are available at The Place Theatre

Cheese, Wine and Acoustic Music

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If you’re in Bedfordshire on Saturday 11th March, why not travel out to the village hall in the quaint little village of Turvey in Bedfordshire for a night of music with folk trio, MarisaJack&Davy, local chanteuse-songwriter Betty Frances and Bedford’s art community maestro, Roger Illingworth. You may have seen him perform in the quirky rock band, Buzzard Lope.

All profits go to Turvey Pre-School (reg charity no. 295055). Doors are at 7:30pm

Tickets are only £10 and are available from Turvey Cetral Stores or from contacting Roger through this Facebook event page . Price includes a glass of wine and a cheese selection! How can you not resist, guys?