Our cat is doing his best on instagram to help promote Mill Race Folk. He he!
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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!
Wow! We had a wonderful time playing at this venue in Tower Hamlets in London. We we so surprised to discover a gorgeous little bundle of sheds and a cute little stage surrounded by candles for our performance. The beer was delicious (served from a bar that was fashioned from an old player piano) and the headliners, Cath and Phil Tyler were amazing! Do go and see them live if you get the chance.
We are really sorry to say that we have had to cancel tonight’s concert due to the bad weather. Ewan was really gutted and we left it until this morning to make a decision as we hoped the thaw would happen a little sooner. Unfortunately the snow is particularly bad in Bristol and Ewan wouldn’t be able to make it to us in time.
We will be refunding all tickets bought through eventbrite for this event, and we hope to reschedule a gig for Ewan as soon as possible. If you have any questions please let us know.
Apologies. We are really gutted.
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MarisaJack&Davy started Mill Race Folk in the summer of 2015. Our aim is to create an intimate, cosy acoustic folk night with the best folk artists from around the country. Shows are held in various locations around Bedford. Some are traditional music venues, others are in rather strange and unusual places. Please contact us for more details.
EVENTS COMING UP 2018
Saturday 5th May 2018 -Anna and Elizabeth At Moot Hall, Elstow Bedfordshire. Tickets £16
Sublime genre-bending storytellers from The USA. Widely loved for their moving minimalist arrangements, the duo present old songs & stories to modern audiences. Their new album, ‘The Invisible Comes to Us’ is released on Smithsonian Folkways on 30th March 2018. We are so fortuneate to have them at Mill Race Folk this season. Seriously, they are not to be missed! Get tickets from eventbrite
Thursday 14th June 2018 – Bryony Griffith & Will Hampson on The John Bunyan Community Boat Ticket £17.50
We’re so happy to have Bryony and Will back at Mill Race Folk with the first FOLK ON THE BOAT on The John Bunyan Community Boat. 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.
It’s all about traditional folk songs by the people who perform them.
In our trial episode we spoke to Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp when they played at Mill Race Folk in Bromham Mill in November 2017. They performed their version of ‘Murder in the Red Barn’ for the podcast. This song features on their fantastic debut album, ‘The Poacher’s Fate’. We had an extensive conversation about where they found the lyrics, where they found the tune for this folk song and their approach to arranging and performing. We chatted about the broadside printer, Catnach and other versions of this ballad. We talked about murder, executions and gruesome artifacts too.
Like the music? Come to Mill Race Folk in Bedford and experience the night for yourself. The next show is on Saturday 20th January with The Foxglove Trio. We would love to see you there. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and keep checking our website.
Seek out our new page on Podbean. Hopefully within the next few days you’ll be able to hear it on iTunes too.
If you wanna see us perform, and you don’t live too far from Romford, then make space in your diary on Saturday 2nd September. We’re off to The Sun Public House in Romford, Essex* to play at The Old Shod Folk Night. It’s only a fiver. We hope to see you there x
*Edit: Tymon Meanz very politely pointed out that Romford ain’t been part of Essex for over half a century. Soz! Here’s a wikipedia article if you need to read up on geography (because we certainly do!)
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
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.