We wrote this song to commemorate those courageous young men and women who stood up to Nazism in late 1930s Germany and on into the war years. Known collectively as the Edelweiss Pirates because of the metal badges they wore emblazoned with the flower, their group name in Cologne was The Navajos.
Redbourn Folk Club has always provided great support for Na-Mara and its music and it is a real pleasure to perform there. The venue - a former school room behind a pleasant pub in a small village between St Albans and Hemel Hempstead – somehow lends itself to intimacy. The seats are closely packed together, with full bookshelves and neat little fireplace with mirror above forming the backcloth to the performance area.
The Invisible Folk Club is a UK based, virtual, folk club that encourages and enables authentic music, both ancient and modern, through the production of radio programmes and podcasts. These programmes are played on community radio stations and later released as podcasts.
Na-Mara’s 2019 trip to Chongqing, China – Tuesday 29th October 2019 and the return home, Wednesday 30th October 2019
On our last full day in Chongqing we rose a little later and breakfasted with fellow festival performers, Netherlands gypsy blues band, Stompin’ Grounds. They were nice, bright, young men and it was a real pity that we hadn’t been able to catch any of their performances.
Opening the curtains on Sunday morning revealed a still overcast sky but the weather had definitely lightened and the rain had finally stopped.
If anything, the weather had deteriorated further over Friday night and the clouds seemed lower again on Saturday morning. However, given we had a day at leisure available to us before the concert, we were not going to be deterred from exploring Hechaun. So, after breakfast we bundled into a taxi with Clive and drove across town to a Buddhist monastery situated alongside the Jialiang River.
Chongqing is growing as a domestic tourist destination but, as yet, it isn’t seeing an abundance of international tourists. As such, the buffet breakfast in the hotel was very Chinese and very different to what businessmen and tourists might find in the international hotels of Beijing and Shanghai. It should also be noted that Chongqing has a reputation for having the spiciest food in the whole of China; lots of chillies.
After extensive planning, getting the necessary visas and careful preparing some appropriate set lists, the day had finally arrived for us to set off for China where Na-Mara were playing two concerts and engaging in a range of student related activities at the Diao YuCheng International Music Festival hosted by the Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications (CQUPT) in the Hechuan District of Chongqing in China. On this trip, Rob and I were going to