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 she’s 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 from 11am ‘til noon. All ages and abilities welcome; children to be accompanied by an adult.
If you enjoy dancing or watching dancing Mitcheldean festival is for you. We encourage dancing wherever possible. Watch out for Morris sides around the town during the day. Don’t forget our family ceilidh and barn dance in the community centre from 5pm. And if you feel the urge to dance to one of our exciting acts in our showcase concerts please don’t hold back.
The 2019 Mitcheldean Festival is almost here so it’s time to plan your weekend around all the wonderful events that we have planned for you. Our advance programme is designed to be printed double-sided on A4 paper and folded into an A5 booklet. It can also be viewed on-screen using your PC or compatible device so please consider the environment and only print if you need to.
Our fourth Mitcheldean Festival performers CD, “Sweet Return” will be available soon featuring songs by performers at our 2018 festival including Emi McDade, Bewellian, Lila J, Lucy Jarrett, Dick Brice and many more.
In a slight departure from previous years the new CD combines live recordings from last year’s festival with tracks donated by our performers.
At just £5 with 17 tracks and a running time of over 65 minutes it’s an absolute bargain — and all proceeds go to funding future festivals.
Why not pick up a copy at this year’s church concerts?
Thanks to everyone who applied to perform at our 2019 festival showcase concerts. The concerts team are now reviewing the applications and will be in touch with you in the next few weeks. If you haven’t applied for the 2019 event, don’t forget we will have busking spots available during the festival.
The Administrator is in the process of updating this website for the 2019 event. Part of this update included the deletion of our old, obsolete website. Unfortunately all of the updates for 2018 were inadvertantly added to the old database which has been deleted. Posts from 2017 and earlier are not affected.
Our 2019 Festival will take place on 19th-21st July. We are now seeking performers for our two showcase concerts and other events.
Our showcase concerts will both be held in Mitcheldean church. The first is an ‘unplugged’, acoustic, candle-lit concert on the evening of Friday 19th from 7:30pm-10:30pm. The second is an amplified concert on the afternoon/evening of Saturday 20th.
In case you didn’t know, we record the concerts at our Festival
and our performers generously donate the recordings for use on our fund
raising CDs. The proceeds from these CDs are used to help fund next
year’s Mitcheldean Festival.
We currently have two CDs available at £5 each, plus £1.50 postage. Wave Over Wave contains performances from the 2016 festival and Hello New Life contains performances from 2017. CDs can be sent by post or collected, post free, from Mitcheldean Folk Club at the White Horse in Mitcheldean on the second Thursday of each month. For more information and to order a copy of either CD (or both) please email firstname.lastname@example.org