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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.

Three is a nice crowd, Ely Folk Club 13th May 2015

It was a real pleasure to be back at the Ely Folk Club. We have visited the club a number of times over the years and have always enjoyed our time there.

Fearing rush hour motorway traffic we made our way across to Ely reasonably early and, our worries having not materialised, we were rewarded with the chance to have a brief walk around the magnificent Cathedral precinct. Ely is a town of great beauty.

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