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.
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
Today has been a sunny day here in Bedford, but I’ve got a lot posters to design. Instead of frolicking in the park, I’ve been making some progress on the next Mill Race Folk poster that we’ll need for November. It’s not a bad likeness of Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp. I hope they like the illustration. We’re looking forward to welcoming them back at the Mill on the 18th November. You can buy a ticket now here. Marisa x
Here’s a video from the most recent Mill Race Folk event at The Place Theatre with Stick in the Wheel. Thanks to Yonder Hedge for the footage and for the audience for singing along! The Place is a lovely venue with brilliant people. Davy spends a lot of time dressing the stage to make it cosy. Our next show there is with Daoíri Farrell on Tuesday 4th April. Get your tickets from here now!
Davy fashioned a curious old tree from painted hessian sacking. He hung the trunk in the corner of the stage with twisting branches stretching outwards to the audience. Valdis Bulazs from The Place did a brilliant job at illuminating the beautiful ancient willow tree.
Davy is very thoughtful. He can create stunning performance spaces with magical little embellishments. Did you seen his handmade lampshades in the bar?