Happy Christmas and have a wonderful New Year! We’ve just sent out our last newsletter of the year so make sure you subscribe to that if you want to stay up to date with all the latest tickets and podcast episodes for Mill Race Folk
Marisa, Jack and Davy couldn’t do these shows without such a supportive audience. We really appreciate it and we look forward to seeing you again in the new year.
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.
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.
In this chat with Marisa, Jack and Davy they talked about their craft in how they go about reviving forgotten old songs.
They played at Mill Race Folk on Saturday 13th October 2018 and chose to play Give Me Back My Heart Again for the podcast. It’s a broadside ballad that they discovered in a chapbook on the Bodleian’s digital collections of ballads.
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 Facebook, Twitter 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.
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.
We’re so excited that Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne is coming to Mill Race Folk at Moot Hall in January. The perfect way to shake off the post Christmas blues!
Cohen is a folk musician and singer. He has been a musician since the age of 6 and took to squeezeboxes in his teens and has since developed into a fine player of both the melodeon and anglo concertina. Cohen is also a well-regarded singer and in 2014 won Bromyard Folk Festival’s Future of Young Folk Award for singing.
His solo repertoire consists mainly of traditional songs with accompaniment from anglo concertina or melodeon. Alongside this Cohen also performs traditional tunes and the occasional un-accompanied song. An average solo performance includes traditional ballads, historical songs, 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.
Wander amongst botanical-inspired installations and discover the Horniman after hours. This event is inspired by the relationship between human beings’ and the natural world. Be amongst the first to see The Lore of the Land, the first exhibition in the Horniman’s new arts space The Studio.
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.
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.”
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
Thanks so much to Thom who played at Mill Race Folk last night with Jack and yep, it was amazing! We had free quiche too (Thanks to Rachel at Number 13!). Moot Hall is a lovely old building with great acoustics and atmosphere- It is perfect for folk music. We’re so lucky to be using this space as a venue.
We recorded a podcast with Thom too, look out for this new episode in a few weeks time.
Our cat is doing his best on instagram to help promote Mill Race Folk. He he!
If you’d like to follow us on instagram you can find us here at marisajackndavy
We’ll be using the hashtag #millracefolk tomorrow at our first show of the new season. Wondering what to do in Bedford this weekend? Come to the historic Moot Hall, Elstow, Bedfordshire at 7pm for a double bill of acoustic folk music with Thom Ashworth and Jack Sharp. We’ll have a little bar and Rachel is going to be selling some mini quiches too. Mill Race Folk is back!
Davypoo has been busy fixing the distinctive lampshades ready for the new season of Mill Race Folk at Moot Hall in Elstow. They are an important part of the stage design as they are not only dressing, but also our very beautiful spotlights. Davy designed and made them himself. He is a very clever boy!