Gigging again - Loughton Folk Club, 31st March 2016

It was great to be back out ‘gigging’ again and it was a real treat to start our 2016 commitments at the lovely Loughton Folk Club. We have visited the club on a number of occasions before and have always had the finest of welcomes. This evening was no exception.

Now run by Gary James, Steve O’Donoghue and a team of committed volunteers, the club takes place in a very pleasant, nicely-sized, room with good acoustics above the Loughton Club. The club has an intimate and involved air about it.

A special event in Ely, 5th September 2015

This was our first concert after the summer holidays and, after some hard work at rehearsals, we hit the road on a sunny Saturday afternoon for a special concert in Ely. We had been invited to play for attendees at a conference organised by prestigious The Chartered Institute of Linguists. A visiting group of linguists from Germany had expressed a specific interest in hearing more about Gaelic and, with others, we helped provide a musical exploration of songs and tunes drawn from across the Celtic world.

An early start for a grand day out, Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, 19th July 2015

It was up bright and early to get on the road for our performance at the 2015 Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival; our sound check was planned for 10.00am and we had 131 miles to get there.

Despite an early hiccup on the M25 and a detour through Watford, the Sunday morning motorways were reasonably clear and we were able to stop off for a ‘naughty but nice’ breakfast before going on site.

Pleasant and delightful at Dunton Folk , 20th June 2015

We had the pleasure of spending a lovely evening yesterday in the company of a welcoming audience and three very friendly and talented young musicians in the form of headliners, Jaywalkers.

na-mara had last performed at Dunton Folk at a Christmas-themed event back in December 2013 when supporting the hugely entertaining Blast from the Past. On that dark December evening it hadn’t been quite so easy to see what a pretty setting Dunton Folk takes place in. This time St Mary Magdalene Church in the pretty village of Dunton looked resplendent bathed in late evening sunshine.

A mighty assembly: Royston Folk Club, 12th June 2015

Performers came from far and near to play folk music of every description and make a great night of music at Royston Folk Club last night.

For its showcase evening, the Royston Folk Club uses a delightful old room, complete with wooden beams and an excellent bar area off to one side. It also has a large room elsewhere in the complex of buildings that make up The Old Bull Inn in Royston in north Hertfordshire for its concert evenings.