“Folk on the Boat”

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

The first “Folk on the Boat” cruise takes place on Thursday evening, June 14th.   It will feature well known folk artist Bryony Griffith from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire plus the Mill Race Folk team of Marisa, Jack and Davy.

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

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

Bryony Griffith is an English fiddle player and singer with a rich repertoire of English dance tunes and songs.

Her career in folk music started in the acclaimed ceilidh band Bedlam in her teens and took her all over the UK festival scene. She later became musician for Dog Rose Morris, appearing on Jools Holland, and for one of the premier rapper teams, The Newcastle Kingsmen. She sang in an a cappella group The Witches of Elswick, but is best known for her role in the BBC Folk Award-winning Demon Barbers.

In 2011 she and her husband Will Hampson released their first duo album ‘Lady Diamond’ which received 5 star reviews and award nominations, winning ‘Best Debut’ in the 2012 Spiral Earth Awards.

Bryony’s debut solo album ‘Nightshade’ was released in Summer 2014, showcasing solo fiddle tunes and songs with only occasional accompaniment. The arrangements are intimate and honest.

Traditional tune sets reveal Bryony’s passion for delving through the fiddle manuscripts of her native Yorkshire and the northern counties for uncommon, hidden gems, while her talents as a tunesmith are displayed in the sensitive wedding waltzes and vibrant rapper set.

Bryony’s distinctive vocals show her ability to tackle a range of styles and subjects with a conviction that makes each tale believable.

Her album, ‘Nightshade’ placed in the Top 10 Folk Treats in The Telegraph and is a runner-up in the 2014 Roots Critics Albums of the Year.

Bryony Griffith & Will Hampson

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.