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.

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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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Folk on the Boat

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Book your tickets for Folk on the Boat with Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson now.  Head to the John Bunyan Community Boat to find out more or call 01234 270044 to buy a ticket.

Expect powerful vocals from Bryony and deliciously rustic fiddle playing.  She will be accompanied by her husband, Will who is an excellent box player.  They have a distinctive repertoire of dark ballads, chorus songs and dance tunes all delivered with good-humoured Yorkshire banter.

Support comes from MarisaJack&Davy!

Mill Race Folk Social FAQ

The next Mill Race Folk Social is on Saturday 14th April at The Star Rowing Club, Commercial Road, Bedford

How does it work?

If you would like to perform, just put your name on the list when you come in and you will be called to perform when your name comes up. There is no mic or amplification, you just sing or play in the room.

We may get round the list more than once, so please prepare more than one song if you like!

We have a featured performer who will play for around 30 minutes after the floor spots so performances must end by their start time (we’ll keep an eye on it and let everyone know).

What should I sing/play?

You can sing or play whatever you like, but this is a folk night so we would prefer folk or folk inspired songs. We welcome songs from any country or culture, and we offer an inclusive and supportive environment for any ability of musician or singer.

Please try to choose songs that aren’t too long, so that everyone gets a turn.

Do I have to join in?

No, you don’t have to sing or play anything if you don’t want to, though we do offer a bit of a discount to encourage more people to perform.

When is it my turn?

We will have a list at the door, and the order of the night is the order on the list. One song each, and we will go around again when we get to the end.

If you are using an instrument, please make sure it’s tuned up and ready to play by the time we get to you.

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Folk on the Boat

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Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson

We’ve joined forces with the team at The John Bunyan Community Boat and we are so excited to announce the launch of ‘Folk on the Boat’.

Our first cruise takes place on Thursday evening, June 14th 2018. It will feature well known folk artists Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. Expect powerful vocals, deliciously rustic fiddle playing and driving yet sensitive box playing. They have a distinctive repertoire of dark ballads, chorus songs and dance tunes all delivered with good-humoured Yorkshire banter. The Mill Race Folk team, MarisaJack&Davy will be onboard playing a few songs too.

It’s a two hour cruise that leaves from the moorings at the Barns Hotel, Cardington Road, Bedford. We’ll be boarding at 7.15 p.m.

There’s a 3 course pre-cruise dinner that can be booked in advance from the Barns Hotel (01234 270044). Drinks are available from the Riverside Tavern Bar.

Don’t miss ‘Folk on the Boat’.  Book a ticket and visit the John Bunyan Boat website by clicking here

Anna and Elizabeth in The New Yorker

What Can an Old Folk Song Tell Us?

If I were Queen of France, or still better Pope of Rome,
I’d have no fighting men abroad, nor weeping maids at home.
All the world should be at peace, and the right should be the might,
I’d have those that made the quarrelling the only ones to fight.

This is the refrain from “Jeano and Jeannette,” the opening track from Anna and Elizabeth’s new album, ‘The Invisible Comes to Us’. They chat to Robert Sullivan in this fascinating article in The New Yorker.

If you live in Bedfordshire, make sure you have a ticket to see Anna and Elizabeth when they come to play at Moot Hall for Mill Race Folk on Saturday 5th May. Tickets are available at eventbrite

Ewan McLennan at Mill Race Folk

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The next Mill Race Folk is with Ewan McLennan.

Ewan’s music has depth of feeling & sincerity. Whether singing haunting traditional Scottish ballads or weaving the powerful stories that make up his own songs, Ewan’s unique, moving and earthy voice is always compelling. His guitar playing is outstanding and forms an essential part of his music. Ewan’s most recent project, entitled Breaking the Spell of Loneliness, was a collaborative tour and album with renowned author and journalist George Monbiot, seeking to use music and word to open up the issue of loneliness and community.

This will be Ewan’s second visit to the Mill. Food and drink will be available from the cafe on the night, provided by the Star Food Co.

When?: Saturday 3rd March 2018

Where?: Bromham Mill, Bedford, Beds

Tickets £10 Buy at www.eventbrite.com

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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!