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🎸 Sunday Acoustic Session at the White Horse

🎸 Sunday Acoustic Session at the White Horse

For those seeking a more relaxed alternative to Sunday’s folk walk some of our usual suspects will be hosting a acoustic session in The White Horse from 2pm. Come along to sing a song, play a tune, tell a story or just enjoy the entertainment provided by others.

🚶‍♀️ Folk Walk — Sunday 22nd July

🚶‍♀️ Folk Walk — Sunday 22nd July

 One of the best things about having a Festival in Mitcheldean is that the countryside is within walking distance — literally! And what better way to enjoy a summer Sunday than to sing along the Gloucestershire Way?

 First, a cooked breakfast is available at the White Horse in Mitcheldean between 10 am and 12 noon @ £6.95 per head — please call / text Andy on 07772 053778 or e-mail folkwalk@mitcheldeanfestival.fod.uk by SUNDAY 15TH JULY to book your brekkie (veggie option available).

 At 12 we will then set off on a circular tour of around seven miles, visiting several establishments with time for refreshments and a few songs. Each stop has its own theme for music and poetry:

  • First Stop will be the Co-op, Mitcheldean to get sandwiches and drinks etc. for lunch under the oak tree or whenever we feel hungry
  • Under our usual oak tree with a view towards the Severn — themes are Animals and Rivers
  • The Yew Tree, Longhope — Faith and the Forest (a drink stop only this year due to the pressure of other bookings at the pub)
  • The Farmer’s Boy, Longhope — Countryside, Farming
  • The White Horse, Mitcheldean — Horses, Colours
  • The Jolter Press, Mitcheldean — CIDER!
  • The Brewery Tap, Mitcheldean — BEER!

…and the ice creams at the Farmer’s Boy are well worth sampling!

 Dogs are welcome as you can see — if you don’t want the breakfast you can just turn up for 12 at the White Horse, but advance notice of numbers would be helpful (call / text 07772 053778 or e-mail folkwalk@mitcheldeanfestival.fod.uk) — see you there!

🎶 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 by an adult.

…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 - Tom Atkinson

Thanks Tom!

A Pearl Of Great Value

A Pearl Of Great Value

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.

      Hello New Life - Jane Pearl

Silky smooth melodies

Silky smooth melodies

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”.

      Gypsy Van - Lila J

To hear more of them, check out their website, or look them up on Soundcloud or Facebook. You’ll be glad you did.

 

Quite a feat

Quite a feat

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!

      Robert McKenzie - The Six Foot Way

 

A drop of Nelson’s blood

A drop of Nelson’s blood

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.

      A Drop Of Nelson's Blood - Karl Jennings