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.
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🎼 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.
The first time I saw Jane Pearl perform was at our Warm Up concert at the Brewery Tap earlier this month. Boy have I missed out! Are they all like that in Kentucky?
Her performance was full of life, energy and humour (see, there’s a “u” between the O and the R in English), and you can detect that in this recording of “Hello New Life” made on the night. Her website is well worth a visit, too.
If you were at our Warm Up concert at the Brewery Tap on June 3rd you will have seen and heard the remarkable Lila J. If you weren’t then you missed a treat! Live music is usually great, and never more so than when you see the band are doing what they love – which Lila J clearly were.
Silky smooth in style, there’s an effortlessness to their music that is joyful to hear. Here’s a preliminary recording of their wonderful song “Gypsy Van”.
Our headline act from the Warm Up concert at the Brewery Tap on Saturday June 3rd was The Six Foot Way. We had already had nearly four hours of high quality music, and the band rounded off the evening with a high tempo foot-stomping set that had everyone off their feet. I ain’t never seen dancing like it!
About an hour into their 30 minute set “Railroad” Al’ Davies realised that although he was the compere for the night he hadn’t actually scheduled himself to play. So he grabbed his bouzouki and joined in with The Six Foot Way for the last few extra extra extra songs, before Phil the barman decided it was finally time to chuck everyone out.
Here’s a preliminary recording of The Six Foot Way feat’ Alex Davies playing “Robert McKenzie”. You can check out the band’s website here, and they are also on facebook, where you can see where they’re playing next; if you haven’t seen them live – do yourself a favor!
Last night we enjoyed the Warm Up concert at the Brewery Tap, Mitcheldean, with 8 fantastic acts performing over 5 hours of live music. Well done to everyone who performed, you were brilliant!
While we were so wonderfully entertained, people in London were also out enjoying the warm Saturday evening – until, that is, some were cruelly killed or injured in another terrorist attack.
In solidarity, here is a draft recording from Karl Jennings – one of his own original “faux folk” songs – recorded last night. Legend has it that Nelson’s body was preserved in a barrel of rum until it could be returned to England after Trafalgar. When his body was removed, his crew drank from the rum to give them courage.
It’s almost time for the first concert – our Warm Up concert at the Brewery Tap on Saturday 3rd June, starting at 7PM. The line-up of artists looks great; those I have heard before I am looking forward to hearing again, and those I haven’t heard come highly recommended. It’s going to be a great night! Here’s the featured artists:
The Six Foot Way
- Warm Up Poster (PDF format)
I’ve just realised that this website was seriously lacking in the Matty Groves department. I mean, no self-respecting Folk website would be missing a version of this well known song, am I right? Don’t worry – it is fixed now! Here is a version performed by May Thrill, from last year’s Folk Festival.
That should get you in the mood for our Fundraiser Concert on June 3rd at the Brewery Tap, Mitcheldean.