Paul's blog

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.

A summer’s evening by the river, Henley Festival 10th July 2014

It was another glorious summer day when we set off to play the Henley Festival. Given the prestige and scale of this event, it was an honour to receive the invitation several months earlier and we were both excited that the day had finally arrived. Percussionist Dan Garcia has been working with us on our new album and it was great news that he was available to join us for this performance.

A hot night with the Herts. Spanish Circle, Hatfield, 13th June 2014

It was a very hot summer night when we travelled the short distance from home to perform for the Hertfordshire Spanish Circle. Some members of the Circle had seen us perform at a fund raiser earlier in the year to raise money for a statue to International Brigader, Tom Watters and had then encouraged the organisers of the Circle to invite us to play at one of their regular educational evenings; something we were more than happy to do.

Back with friends in Baldock, 11th June 2014

Ever since na-mara formed, we have been travelling up the A1 to play at the Baldock and Letchworth Folk Club and, as a result, have become close friends with club organisers Alan and Sue Hewson. We have also made a lot of good mates amongst club regulars there. So, there was a party atmosphere when we visited this time around and it was lovely to see so many of our friends coming out to hear us.