Mitcheldean Festival welcomes buskers. This year, in addition to our usual “Busk Stops” around the village we are providing a “Buskers’ Base” in the Brewery Tap where buskers can both perform and store their belongings.
Busk Stops are located in the following places (just look for the Busk Stop signs):
On the field with the fete
Outside Townsend House
Between the White Horse and the town hall
Outside the doctors’ surgery
Outside the church
In the Brewery tap itself
A small PA will be provided in the Brewery tap and buskers are encouraged to perform into the evening. Please respect your fellow buskers and take it in turns to perform.
Have you ever wanted to (or tried to) sing a song, read a poem or show a party piece to an audience, but found that fear got in the way or it went horribly wrong? Maybe you lost your nerve, or had stage fright? Maybe you felt you would be judged and heard those negative voices in your head screaming failure, or that you simply aren’t good enough; somebody may have even told you this!
You are definitely not alone.
The Chocolate Drop-in seeks to provide a safe, friendly and non-judgemental environment for sharing your experiences, a place to perform (if you wish) and of course chocolate!
Tracey will tell you a little about her own nerve-racking experiences and if shes feeling brave, will happily share a song and a wee bit of guitar playing. She is still terribly frightened but has been told it “adds to her performances” in the local Folk Clubs, open mics and beyond. She believes there is no such thing as “bad” singing, poetry or prose; it is an expression from within, like painting.
Bring your voice, instrument and/or experiences for some fun and see what unfolds.
Find her in the cosy, and private area of the Lady Chapel in the Church between 11 o’clock and mid-day on Saturday 21st july.
All ages and abilities welcome; children to be accompanied with an adult.
We are pleased to announce that our festival taster concert, featuring acts who will be performing in and around the main Festival, will take place at The Brewery Tap on Saturday 16th June at 7:30pm. Appearing at this year’s concert are:
Alaric Sheer Hardwicke
Here is a selection of photographs featuring artists who will be performing at this year’s event.
In previous years we have invited musicians to submit an entry form to play in one of the concerts throughout the Festival, but in 2017 we had more entries than there were spaces available. This year the concert organisers are working behind the scenes to put together a line-up of musicians selected from those people who didn’t get a chance to perform, as well as some old favourites who we have enjoyed before.
Here are three tracks which have been recorded at previous concerts in Mitcheldean.
Here to start the countdown to the 2018 Mitcheldean Festival is a track from local musician Clint Mann. Clint is a regular performer at the Mitcheldean Folk Club, and lives just up the road at Plump Hill. Many of Clint’s songs take their inspiration from the local scenery and history of the area, and this one is no exception. The title refers to there being “…nowhere as grand as the glorious Forest of Dean” and those that live here or enjoy visiting will surely agree.
⌨ Following a little bit of tinkering behind the scenes, this website has moved to a new address using the new .fod.uk web domain to reflect our location in the Forest of Dean. Everything else should remain exactly the same — so if you spot any errors please inform the Webmaster.
🎼 You may have also noticed a slight change in the name, from Mitcheldean Folk Festival to Mitcheldean Festival. From day one, the Festival has been more than just a Folk Music event, and we will be expanding in many other directions to make a more inclusive event for everybody’s interests. Of course we will still retain an outstanding array of talent in many genres, including but not limited to folk, traditional and acoustic music.
The Mitcheldean Fete & Folk Festival 2017 has started with its usual Friday night entertainment at the Brewery Tap, but this year has seen a new twist with a Beer Festival (the biggest ever in the Forest of Dean according to the organisers) taking place at the Brewery’s HQ in the MEWs. The large festival marquee played host to an Open Mic stage with an acoustic session taking place inside the Brewery Tap which has been transformed into a Cider House for the duration of the Festival.
Saturday’s events include the traditional Fete which is getting bigger every year, as well as the showcase concert in the Church and live music in the Beer Festival Marquee. Get the full line-up by downloading a copy of this year’s programme.
Join us on Sunday for the traditional Folk Walk combining a countryside walk with several pubs and some great traditional songs.
Tom Atkinson started the proceedings at our Warm Up concert at the Brewery Tap on June 3rd, and set the bar very high for the other acts to follow. All his songs are easy to sing along to, and he soon had the audience joining in. It was great fun!
This is his version of “Everyone Sang” recorded on the night.