On Thursday 23rd July between 6-8pm we will be holding an outdoor Folk Club session at Lea Bailey Light Railway on the edge of the Forest of Dean just 3 miles from Mitcheldean. The Lea Bailey Light Railway Society has preserved a section of narrow gauge mining railway along with locomotives and wagons on the site of a former gold and iron mine, which itself occupies the trackbed of the former Mitcheldean Road & Forest of Dean Junction Railway.
Limited seating will be available on a selection of wagons parked on the track but you may wish to bring your own folding chairs or a picnic blanket. Please note that there are no indoor toilet facilities available but there are plenty of secluded locations screened by bushes should you wish to answer a call of nature!
Optional themes for songs and poetry include mining, industry, railways, and the Forest of Dean.
Join us on our Facebook page and Zoom for Virtually Mitcheldean Festival 2020 on July 18th from mid-day to 11pm. Here’s what we have planned. (Invitations to Zoom sessions will be posted nearer the time.)
Live on Facebook:
12:00-12:30 – Peter Vadiveloo (live from Melbourne)
12:30-1:00 – The Shaughnessy Brothers
1:00-1:30 – Jenny Shaw
1:30-2:00 – ReBil
2:00-3:00 – Young Poets’ Competition
Live on Zoom:
3:00-5:00 – Festival Ceilidh
Streaming on Facebook:
3:00-6:00 – video contributions from Strannik, Reivers’ Gallows, Nightingales Watch, Ged Wilson, Kev Minney and more
Live on Facebook:
6:00-6:30 – Tarion
6:30-7:00 – Anna my Charlotte
7:00-7:30 – Lucy Jarrett
7:30-8:00 – Bernard Hoskins
8:00-8:30 – Pauline Valance
8:30-9:00 – Rob Haligan
Live on Zoom
9:00-late – Mitcheldean Folk Club singers night (all welcome)
Due to the on-going pandemic, we are unable to stage Mitcheldean Festival in the usual way this year – but all is not lost!
Instead we will be organising a number of virtual live and recorded performances that will be streamed to our Facebook Page between 12pm and 9pm on Saturday July 18th. Individual performances from our concert line-up will be opened by a guest singer from Melbourne Australia!
Winning entries for the annual poetry and storytelling competitions will be broadcast from 2pm, and there will also be some virtual barn dancing in the afternoon when people can bop about at home or in their gardens. The regular late-night club singing on Zoom will complete the day.
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.