On Saturday 31st March, Stick in the Wheel did a show at Bedford Esquires. It was a fierce performance to a rapacious Mill Race Folk crowd. Stick don’t do genteel folk music and Esquires is your typical black box rock venue that the locals have a lot of affection for. In-between songs, a curious deafening noise by a band from the bar on the ground floor caused some interruption, but Stick handled it well with their usual acid wit.
Below are some photos of the gig by Christian Webb
Thanks so much to everyone who came to see the show. The next Mill Race Folk event is at Moot Hall with the amazing Anna and Elizabeth on Saturday 5th May. We’ve only a few tickets left over at eventbrite. After that we have our first ever Folk On A Boat with Bryony Griffiths and Will Hampson. See you there! x
Thanks to Kristian Purcell for taking some lovely action shots of John Kirkpatrick at Mill Race Folk. We had an unforgettable evening of music at The Place Theatre, Bedford. John was in very fine form and he charmed the whole audience with his singing, charisma and some dexterous concertina hi-jinks.
On Saturday 3rd June we had our first Mill Race Folk Social at Basement at Bunyan in Bedford. We had a huge variety of floor spot performers with guitar, flute, melodeon, jig dolls, a morris monkey stick (a pole with metal “jingles” with a boot attached to the base), dulcimer stick and bouzouki. Everyone who performed was brilliant. Some had been playing for years, for others it was their first time on their own in front of a crowd. The audience belted out the choruses and we only broke one wine glass. A special thank you to Bity Booker who traveled from London to perform a special extended floor spot for us. She was magical!
Our performers were Edward Major, Gillie Sharp, Christian Webb, Nicky Clements, Matthew Rickard. Julie MacLaren, Bity Booker, Roy Hollowell & Maggie Plowman, Sam Wilson, Simon Munnery and MarisaJack&Davy from Mill Race Folk.
We had a raffle for local Bedford charity, JustUs and raised almost £70 for them. Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket.
Thanks also to Anna Rickard and Tracey Wright who took some pictures for us. We were so busy we forgot to document the evening! We are looking for more, so if you were at the night and you have a photo buried away on your phone we’d love to see them.
Jack’s parents, Peter and Gillie, we’re invaluable at helping us man our DIY bar (sorry we ran out of white wine, we will definitely buy more next time!) and for keeping an eye on the door. We are really thankful for all their help on the night.
We plan to do another social in the Autumn with another special guest. If you would like to be involved, please contact us. See you soon x
Photo by @Redrospective
“That was a religious song. We’re not particularly religious but it’s got some imagery about zombies”
On December 18th 2016 we supported the amazing Stick in the Wheel at the Union Chapel Bar. We had a great time, we always have fun when we visit London. There was a lovely blogger in the audience who took some very professional photos of us and Stick in the Wheel. They wrote a sweet little review of our set too (our first ever review!). You can read more about it and admire the excellent pictures at Redrospective.