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An accordion-playing busker and bus driver.
🎤 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 domain for the Forest of Dean
The new 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 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.

📝 Concert Applications for 2017 now open!

📝 Concert Applications for 2017 now open!

Bygonz performing at Mitcheldean Church in 2016

As of 10th March 2017 Applications are now closed.

Mitcheldean Folk Festival Concerts are entry-free and will showcase local and visiting acts and provide opportunities to perform and promote music (all types), songs, and dances. As part of the 2017 festival there will be two showcase musical concerts:

  • Concert 1: Saturday 3rd June from 7:00pm to 11:00pm at The Brewery Tap
  • Concert 2: Saturday 15th July from 1:00pm to 9:00pm at Mitcheldean Church

Note that while we are unable to pay performers we hope to record all performances where possible and will make the recording of your performance available to you after the event.

A P.A. system will be provided and acts will be allocated slots of 30 minutes each. To ensure we run to time please factor in set up time and plan your set accordingly. (Note: That applicants cannot be guaranteed a specific slot in the programme but we will try to accommodate your requirements as far as possible.)

If you are interested in taking part in one or both of these concerts please supply the information requested below by e-mail to no later than Thursday 16th February.

  • The name of your act
  • A short description of what the act does (style of music or dance)
  • Your name and contact details
  • The number of performers in your act
  • The instruments (if any) that they play
  • Which concert(s) you would like to perform at
  • Whether you have any preference on the time of your performance (earlier or later)
  • Your amplification requirements (number of mics and DIs)
  • Any other specific requirements you may have

We will contact you in March to confirm the details of your performance.

There will also opportunities for busking at designated locations in and around Mitcheldean from 11:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday 15th July and you are welcome to come and busk whether your application to perform at the concert is successful or not.

Advance Programme now available

Advance Programme now available

Crooked End performing at the Parish Church
Crooked End performing at the Parish Church.

The advance programme has been published for the Mitcheldean Fete and Folk Festival 2016, listing the various events taking place throughout the weekend, and the acts that will be performing at the Showcase Concert on Saturday 16th July.

It is formatted to be printed on A4 paper and folded in half to create an A5 booklet. The file is in .pdf format. If you do not already have a program on your computer which will open this file type, please see the Software Downloads section below.

Software Downloads

💿 A Taste of Mitcheldean Folk — Revisited

💿 A Taste of Mitcheldean Folk — Revisited

Here are some further sample tracks from the CD that was produced by some of the artists appearing at the 2015 Mitcheldean Folk Festival.

The Busking Bus Driver
Ben Coulson, the “Busking Bus Driver” at Mitcheldean Folk Festival

You can get your copy by visiting Mitcheldean Folk Club or contact the Administrator to order online.

A Taste of Mitcheldean Folk

A Taste of Mitcheldean Folk

Here are some sample tracks from the CD that was produced by some of the artists appearing at the 2015 Mitcheldean Folk Festival.

May Thrill in concert at Mitcheldean
May Thrill in concert at Mitcheldean. L-R: Bill Taylor, Hazel Baker, Roy Stirzaker.

You can get your copy by visiting Mitcheldean Folk Club or contact the Administrator [Mobile] to order online.

…and we walked in Fields of Gold

…and we walked in Fields of Gold

Singers before the Folk Walk
Eden Tanner, Andy Scarf and Bill Taylor, singing a song before departing on the Folk Walk.

The last part of this year’s Folk Festival was the Folk Walk. Starting with breakfast in the White Horse, the group set off for the first short leg to the Lamb Inn. The theme for songs here was animals and we were joined by two dogs and a puppy in the beer garden, two of the dogs and their owners continuing on the full walk.

Lunch was at the Yew Tree, Longhope with some enjoying a Sunday roast from the carvery and others taking the lighter option of sandwiches. Faith and the Forest was the theme here, with the Yew Tree being a common sight in churchyards.

Eric the dog getting a lift from Tracey
Eric, the smaller dog had to be carried through this field of oil-seed rape.

At the Box Bush end of Longhope the bar in the Nag’s Head was already home to some live music by two locals on electric guitar and vocals so the party retired to the new decking in the rear garden and found a cosy space around the sides of a bouncy castle, with songs on the theme of horses.

After a short walk to the Farmer’s Boy Inn , which featured a second bouncy castle, the group took shelter from the sun under some large table umbrellas (or parasols?)  and enjoyed songs on the theme of farming before a traditional group photograph in front of the horse mural on the side of the pub. Many also took advantage of the ice cream bar before departing.

among the fields of barley
Participants in the Folk Walk passing through a field of barley between Longhope and Mitcheldean.

The return to Mitcheldean passed through fields of barley and herds of cattle. Wild camomile was growing at the edge of one field, and the cherry trees along Bradley Court Road provided a welcome snack for those who could reach! Relaxing albeit briefly back at the White Horse, it was soon time for our American visitors from Renegade Rose Morris to retire to their lodgings at the Oakraven Centre, with many of the survivors joining them for a chilled out evening of good food, good company and music.

A big thank you to everyone who walked, sang, played, danced, watched, listened, and to all our helpers both front of house and behind the scenes. See you next year!

And so it begins…

And so it begins…

Folk session in the Brewery Tap

Folk session in the Brewery Tap

The Mitcheldean Folk Festival 2015 has begun. The Friday night regulars at the Brewery Tap are being entertained by (and in some cases joining in with) a mixed bag of musicians from near and far. Some have come from across the Atlantic Ocean whilst others have come from just across the road.

Come and join us this weekend for what promises to be a great event!