For those seeking a more relaxed alternative to Sunday’s folk walk some of our usual suspects will be hosting a acoustic session in The White Horse from 2pm. Come along to sing a song, play a tune, tell a story or just enjoy the entertainment provided by others.
🚜 One of the best things about having a Festival in Mitcheldean is that the countryside is within walking distance — literally! And what better way to enjoy a summer Sunday than to sing along the Gloucestershire Way?
🍳 First, a cooked breakfast is available at the White Horse in Mitcheldean between 10 am and 12 noon @ £6.95 per head — please call / text Andy on 07772 053778 or e-mail email@example.com by SUNDAY 15TH JULY to book your brekkie (veggie option available).
🚶♀️ At 12 we will then set off on a circular tour of around seven miles, visiting several establishments with time for refreshments and a few songs. Each stop has its own theme for music and poetry:
- First Stop will be the Co-op, Mitcheldean to get sandwiches and drinks etc. for lunch under the oak tree or whenever we feel hungry
- Under our usual oak tree with a view towards the Severn — themes are Animals and Rivers
- The Yew Tree, Longhope — Faith and the Forest (a drink stop only this year due to the pressure of other bookings at the pub)
- The Farmer’s Boy, Longhope — Countryside, Farming
- The White Horse, Mitcheldean — Horses, Colours
- The Jolter Press, Mitcheldean — CIDER!
- The Brewery Tap, Mitcheldean — BEER!
🍦 …and the ice creams at the Farmer’s Boy are well worth sampling!
🐕 Dogs are welcome as you can see — if you don’t want the breakfast you can just turn up for 12 at the White Horse, but advance notice of numbers would be helpful (call / text 07772 053778 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) — see you there!
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.
Our annual showcase concert will take place in the parish church on Saturday July 21st from midday until 9pm. The following artists will be performing (times are approximate):
- 12:00-1:00 Children’s choirs and dance — our annual performance of music and dance by local school groups
- 1:00-1:45 The Name Thief — Jules De Barra, Tom Swannack and Richard Robbins present their own take on classic covers
- 1:45-2:30 Emi McDade — Local singer songwriter and ‘Best of British’ nominee
- 2:30-3:15 Jan Vaisey and Ian Harvey — Gloucester based folk duo
- 3:15-4:00 The Six Foot Way — Foot stomping classic Irish and English folk music
- 4:00-5:15 Songwriters’ circle featuring Lucy Jarrett, Nick Asserati and Clint Mann
- 5:15-6:15 Lila J — Indie gypsy folk rockers
- 6:15-7:30 Bewelian — Traditional British songs and tunes updated for the 21st century
- 7:30-8:15 Luke Philbrick — Raw delta blues with an almost tribal foot stomping beat
- 8:15-9:00 Dick Brice — Legendary Forest of Dean songwriter, poet and raconteur
Our 2018 festival starts with an evening of acoustic music in the parish church hosted by Tracey Dixon. The event starts at 7:30pm and features music from the following artists:
- Ellen May Coombe
- Barry Scouse
- Alex Davies
- Rob Swannack
- Eden Tanner
- John Hodgson
- Terry Gibson and Tony Morris
- Greenwich Village
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:
- Clint Mann
- Lucy Jarrett
- Paul Farrar
- Nick Assirati
- Alison Hustwitt
- Alaric Sheer Hardwicke
- Greenwich Village
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.
💿 You can also look forward to a new CD featuring tracks from some great local (and not so local) artists who performed for us in 2017.
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.