Mill Race Folk 2019

We’ve got some great folk acts booked for 2019 at Moot Hall in Elstow, Bedfordshire and at a new venue in the heart of Bedford town (details to be revealed in Spring). We have more podcast episodes planned, more trips aboard the John Bunyan Community Boat and Marisa Jack and Davy will be releasing a new record too. We will announce details of that later in the year.

COMING UP IN 2019

Cohen Braithewaite Kilcoyne
Saturday 19th January at Moot Hall
The perfect way to shake off the post Christmas blues!
Cohen took to squeezeboxes in his teens and has since developed into a fine player of both the melodeon and anglo concertina. 

His charming solo repertoire consists mainly of traditional songs, tunes and the occasional un-accompanied song. Expect ballads, industrial songs, sea songs and shanties all firmly rooted in the English tradition, with a fair amount of material linked to the West Midlands where Cohen has lived for much of his life.

Support comes from Marisa Straccia. She is one of the organisers of Mill Race Folk and one third of folk trio, Marisa Jack and Davy. She’ll be singing traditional British songs on banjo and guitar.Tickets are only £10. 
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Ewan McLennan.
Saturday 9th March at Moot Hall
Ewan’s last gig with Mill Race Folk was cancelled due to snow!
We have finally managed to get him back, and this time it will be at the incredibly beautiful Moot Hall in Elstow.

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 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.

Support comes from Davy Willis. He is one of the organisers of Mill Race Folk and one third of folk trio, Marisa Jack and Davy. He’ll be singing traditional British songs on guitar.Tickets are only £10. 
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THE MILL RACE FOLK SONG PODCAST
Marisa Jack and Davy’s aim with Mill Race Folk is to create an intimate, cosy acoustic folk night with the best folk artists from around the country. Since 2015 we’ve been meeting all these great singers and players such as The Askew Sisters, Martin Carthy, Stick In The Wheel and John Kirkpatrick (to name but a few!) and we felt it would be great to share that in a podcast format.Find out more about traditional folk songs and learn straight from the people who sing them. In the podcasts we ask the performers at Mill Race Folk to choose a song to play as a session, then we have a little chat about it. Listen now >>
Folk On The Boat will return in Summer 2019. Acts to be announced soon. Dates for your diary are:
Thursday 23rd MAY 2019
Thursday 25TH JULY 2019
Thursday 26TH SEPTEMBER 2019
As soon as tickets are available we’ll let you know. Folk on the boat is a unique and beautiful way to experience traditional tunes on the water. Sit back, watch the world drift by as you cruise on the Ouse with drink or two. Ahhh, perfect!

Best of 2018

It’s that time of year and you’ve probably noticed that Stick in the Wheel are appearing at the top of every ‘Best Folk Album of 2018’ list out there and rightly so!
 
They played at Mill Race Folk in March. If you missed the gig at Bedford Esquires fear not because you can listen to Nicola, Ian and Ellie on episode 3 of the Mill Race Folk podcast. You can catch up on iTunes, Spotify and on Podbean.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and leave us a nice review if you enjoy the shows. It helps other listeners to find us more easily x

 

The Mill Race Folk Song Podcast is now on Spotify

We’ve had some amazing guests on our podcast and now you can hear it on Spotify. Please check out our episodes. It’s called the Mill Race Folk Song podcast. We get the performers at our night to record a traditional folk song, then we have a nice cosy chat about it.
Sometimes we talk about where they found the song, how they go about arranging it, what they like about the lyrics, maybe there’s a bit of social history to talk about. We really learn a lot from other folk musicians by doing these interviews. Let us know what you think! We’re also on iTunes and Podbean.

In other news, we’re busy sorting out the finishing touches to our EP. Expect some new music from us next year.

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.

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. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast and leave us a nice review if you’ve enjoyed the shows.

The podcast is available to listen to now from Podbean or iTunes 

A Natter With Invisible Folk Club

In the summer we spent an afternoon with the Invisible Folk Club playing some traditional songs and having a chat (and drinking a lot of tea) for their podcast. Thanks for having us on your show, guys! It’s available to listen to now on iTunes or Spotify.

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Marisa Jack and Davy performing for The Invisible Folk Podcast

Here’s what Steve and Jon from Invisible Folk said about this episode:
“Great new podcast released today featuring MarisaJack&Davy, the finest folk group in Bedfordshire. Please share with your friends and networks.
How to listen Invisible Folk Club podcasts:
– On iTunes or Spotify, search for Invisible Folk Club
– If you are not an iTunes or Spotify user listen or download via http://invisiblefolkclub.libsyn.com/
– Go to https://invisiblefolkclub.com/ and at the foot of the page you will find the list of podcasts for streaming.

Marisa, Jack & Davy breathe life into lesser known traditional folk songs. They all sing, play guitar and percussion. Their 3 part harmonies and arrangements are inventive and original.
They also run occasional acoustic folk nights and promote concerts in and around Bedford under the name Mill Race Folk. They look for venues that reflect the history and aesthetics of the local area and have featured such artists as Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Anna & Elizabeth, Stick in the Wheel.”

Invisible Folk Club

Thanks so much to Jon Bickley and Steve Yarwood at Invisible Folk Club podcast. We had a great time on a hot and sticky Saturday afternoon singing, drinking tea and chatting away about all things Mill Race Folk. We had a lovely time. Their podcast will be available to download in the Autumn.

Invisible Folk Club are a small production company based in south east England producing podcasts and radio shows aimed mainly at the folk music community and related groups. They champion authentic music that is ancient and modern and have produced over 50 podcast shows! Why not check out a show on mix cloud.

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Photo by Jon Bickley from Invisible Folk Club

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

Podcast Episode 2

02 The Foxglove Trio Perform ‘William’

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The Foxglove Trio at Mill Race Folk

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 Ffion, Kathy amd Patrick from The Foxglove Trio when they played at Mill Race Folk in Bromham Mill on 20th January 2018. They performed their version of ‘William’ for the podcast. It’s a Welsh language folk song which features on their latest album, ‘Distant Havens’. This song was discovered by Ffion whilst listening to an archive recording of Bertie Stephens at the National History Museum at St Fagans, near Cardiff.

For more on Welsh folk songs, why not check out Ffion’s blog, Caneuon Gwerin

Bertie Stephens is on discogs here (Wren Records). There is a short article about him online at The National Museum of Wales

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.

Original Music and Production by Jack Sharp

Edited by Jack Sharp & Marisa Straccia

Administration by Marisa Straccia