“Folk on the Boat”

The John Bunyan Boat Team is proud to announce the next cruise of “Folk on the Boat” in association with the Mill Race Folk who run folk music concerts at Bromham Mill.

The next “Folk on the Boat” cruise takes place on Thursday evening, September 27th.  It will feature well known folk artists Matt Tighe and Tad Sargent plus the Mill Race Folk team of Marisa, Jack and Davy.


Living in South London and born to an Irish and Trinidadian background, fiddle player Matt Tighe is quickly making a name for himself in the world of folk and Traditional music. He has been described as a, “fiery virtuoso”, and has already had an extensive experience in performance, playing at many festivals and clubs within the UK and Ireland. Matt has won numerous awards such as the London Fiddle Champion and numerous All Britain Championships, been a finalist in the Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections and a nominee at the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

London born Tad Sargent, whose family roots come from Castlebar in county Mayo, started playing music at a young age on the piano.  He started playing the bodhrán (the Irish drum) in 2002 after re-discovering his childhood love for Irish music. Learning about Irish music took years of attending sessions run by Irish music legends such as Mick O’Connor. He picked up the bouzouki in 2008 and has performed/recorded and worked with many great musicians and groups such as Barrule, Tony Christie, Luke Daniels and Cara Dillon.

Mill Race Folk are Marisa, Jack & Davy a folk trio from Bedfordshire. They perform traditional folk music in harmony, specialising in strange old British songs, some sourced from their local Bedfordshire area.

In 2015 they started Mill Race Folk, atmospheric nights of beautiful acoustic folk concerts in Bromham Mill and Bedford.


The  two hour cruises leave from the moorings at The Barns Hotel, Cardington Road, Bedford boarding at 7.15pm.

A 3 course Pre-cruise dinner can be booked in advance from The Barns Hotel (01234 270044). Drinks are available from the Riverside Tavern Bar.

Drinks and snacks are available on board the John Bunyan Boat and a Fish & Chip Supper price £8 can be booked in advance.

Tickets priced £17.50 can be booked via the website: www.johnbunyanboat.org or by phone on: 01946 690 301