‘A Feast of British Folk’ brings taste of music and dance to Cambridge Aug. 3

By  | July 19, 2019 | 0 Comments | Filed under: Announcements

CAMBRIDGE – The Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music may be no more, but the organization that created it remains active.

Mill Race Folk Society volunteers continue to organize small-scale musical events throughout, after this year cancelling the popular – but overwhelming to organize – annual Mill Race festival held annually on the August holiday weekend in downtown Galt.

“A Feast of British Folk” music is planned for Sat., Aug. 3, 2019 in the Galt and Preston areas of Cambridge.  It’s on the same weekend as the Mill Race festival, but it not intended to replace the three-day festival that attracted and estimated 15,000 attendees in recent years.

“It was a tough decision, but it was the right decision to end the Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music after 26 successful years,” said Brad McEwen, festival founder and artistic director.

“The three-day festival became too much for our all-volunteer-organization to organize and fundraise for year after year.  So now we’re celebrating and sharing our love of folk music in other, more intimate, ways throughout the year.”

January through June, British Isles Traditional English Music sessions were held on the second and fourth Sundays at the Argyle Arms pub, at 210 King St. E.  The sessions are expected to continue again in fall and winter.

And on Aug. 3, 2019, the Argyle Arms will be one of the venues for the Feast of British Folk  events.  Here’s what’s planned throughout the day:

  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—Morris Dancers public performing at Civic Square, 50 Dickson St.  Music CDs from the Mill Race festival archives and souvenir T-shirts for sale
  • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.— The Johnny Collins Memorial Song Session, a public event normally held during the Mill Race festival, will be hosted by the Argyle Arms, 210 King St. E.
  • 8 p.m.— Free-admission concert in the Cambridge Arts Theatre, 47 Water St. S. Featured artists include two acts from the UK: Alistair Brown and the Arrowsmiths: Robb Trio.  Local ensemble Tethera will also perform.

Theatre doors open at 7 p.m. No admission will be charged. Seating is limited.  Reserve your tickets for pickup at the door. Use the $0 ticket order form at the Mill Race Folk Society online store to guarantee your seat: www.millracefolksociety.com/store

Performer information:

Alistair Brown has been singing the old songs, and new songs written by people who like the old songs, since he was fifteen years old. His songs range from big ballads, comic ditties, songs of struggles (usually unsuccessful) against temptation, odes to conviviality and songs of unashamed sentimentality, to outrageously funny stories from a master of the art— all this accompanied by anglo concertinas and button accordion. www.alistairbrown.com

ARROWSMITHS: ROBB TRIO is an exciting new collaboration bringing together Ian Robb (Finest Kind, JIIG), and Jess & Richard Arrowsmith (Melrose Quartet, Crucible). The trio share a love of music and song from the English tradition. They showcase some of the finest vocals you could hope to hear, paired with accompaniments and tune sets of tremendous energy and subtlety.  www.ianrobb.com

The TETHERA Quintet is the name for a group of Cambridge, Kitchener and Hamilton musicians; Paul Morris (Concertina, Melodeon and Vocals), Brad McEwen (Cittern and Vocals) and Brian Sinclair (Mandocello, Guitar, Mandolin and various other unique stringed instruments) and Gwen Potter (Vocals & Viola D’ Amore). The repertoire consists of mainly traditional English dance tunes and songs. However, other things have been known to creep in from Ireland, France, Brittany, Belgium as well as Canada.

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