🎸 Buskers welcome!

🎸 Buskers welcome!

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.

🍫 Tracey’s Chocolate Drop In

🍫 Tracey’s Chocolate Drop In

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.

🎼 Saturday Showcase Concert

🎼 Saturday Showcase Concert

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
  • 5:15-6:00 Lila J — Indie gypsy folk rockers
  • 6:00-6:45 Jane Pearl — the Wye valley’s favourite Kentuckian
  • 6:45-7:30 Luke Philbrick — Raw delta blues with an almost tribal foot stomping beat
  • 7:30-8:15 Bewelian — Traditional British songs and tunes updated for the 21st century
  • 8:15-9:00 Dick Brice — Legendary Forest of Dean songwriter, poet and raconteur

 

🎶 Acoustic Evening on 20th July

🎶 Acoustic Evening on 20th July

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
  • ReBil
  • Alex Davies
  • Tim the Wind
  • Rob Swannack
  • Eden Tanner
  • John Hodgson
  • Terry Gibson and Tony Morris
  • Greenwich Village
📅 Taster Concert on 16th June

📅 Taster Concert on 16th June

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.

🎤 A taste of things to come

🎤 A taste of things to come

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.

🎼 Nowhere as Grand

🎼 Nowhere as Grand

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.

Folk Walkers Anne & Wendy in the Forest
Folk Walkers Anne & Wendy in the Forest
📌 New Website Domain

📌 New Website Domain

The new .fod.uk domain for the Forest of Dean
The new .fod.uk domain for the Forest of Dean

⌨ 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.

…and so it begins!

…and so it begins!

Andy Scarf and Bill Taylor
Andy Scarf and Bill Taylor at the Brewery Tap in 2016

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.

…and they did, too!

…and they did, too!

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.

Everyone Sang     

Thanks Tom!