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.
Please watch for further announcements of what’s on when, more details will be available in due course on this website and on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MitcheldeanFestival/