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The NAF Club, 3rd March 2015

We first come across the NAF Club when it was featured in the excellent Herts., Beds., Bucks. and Cambs. local area folk magazine, Unicorn Magazine. Located in Silsoe in central Bedfordshire and run by Ned Lawton of the very friendly and very talented music trio, Ragged Staff, the club’s name lays out its intentions clearly, namely, to provide a local venue for acoustic music beyond just the folk genre. The full name for the club is the NAF (Not a Folk) Club.

A pleasure to revisit Twickfolk, Sunday 8th February 2015

A Sunday night trip to Twickfolk to support Jez Lowe - what a nice way to start the year’s ‘gigging’! Having spent many hours in quiet rooms finishing the mixing and mastering of our new CD ‘Navajos & Pirates’, it was good to get back to rehearsals and performing. A straightforward trip round the North Circular to a club we have long admired, was an ideal way to begin our 2015 schedule of gigs.

Remembering Thomas Watters, St Albans 30th November 2014

At the end of 2013, Rob and I were asked by local folk activist Alison Macfarlane to play at an evening at The Maltings Arts Theatre in St Albans to raise funds for the casting of a bronze statue in honour of local resident, Thomas Watters. As mentioned in our blog from that event, Thomas left his job as a Glasgow city bus driver in 1936 to serve as an ambulance driver in the Spanish Civil War and, when the war finished, spent the remainder of his life in St Albans.

Playing the Carrington Triangle, 15th October 2014

Following a performance at the Gate to Southwell Folk Festival back in 2011, Rob and I were very happy to accept an invitation to perform at the Carrington Triangle Folk Club in Nottingham in February 2012. We had a wonderful time there and have kept in touch with club organiser Martin Smalley ever since. It was, therefore, nice to receive an invitation earlier this year to return to the club and perform our more recent material for club members.

An invitation to play the Hoy-at-Anchor, 7th October 2014

Club organiser Steve Ramm had kindly approached us after our performance at the 2013 Tenterden Folk Festival and offered us the chance to headline at the wonderful Hoy-at-Anchor Folk Club in Westcliffe-on-Sea.

We had had the pleasure of playing at the club's previous venue in Leigh-on-Sea back in November 2011 as well as the Leigh-on-Sea Folk Festival on a pleasant summer’s day in 2012, and had long been keen to make a return.

A short step to Chesham, 6th October 2014

After the long journey to North Yorkshire and back on Saturday, the short step to Chesham felt very straightforward. The Chesham Folk Club has been very supportive of na-mara over the years and it was a real pleasure to be returning there again.

The club meets in an upstairs room in the White Hill Centre in Chesham, a lively establishment with a whole host of community-based activities going on there throughout the week and what looks to be a very welcoming bar.