We have been regular performers at the Barnet Folk Club in recent years and it is always a pleasure to see organiser JJ Dunne and club members. JJ has always been very supportive of our music and we are very happy to support Barnet Folk Club.
Back in April 2010 we were invited to play a showcase for the Friends Music Society in Welwyn Garden City. That evening proved to be a most enjoyable experience and, having been invited this time by the Society to perform a full two times 40 minute set, we were really looking forward to going back.
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.
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.
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.
Rob and I have long been observers on the excellent work done by Folk 21 (http://www.folk21.net/). For those unfamiliar with Folk 21, in its own words it is a volunteer run organisation that brings together folk club organisers, artists, agents and fans to sustain, support and develop a thriving “guest booking” folk club scene in the UK.
After an excellent summer break, it was great to be back out playing again. We were particularly excited by our invitation to perform at the Hadleigh Folk Club. Not only was this a new club for us but it also meant that we could meet up again with friends both on the concert bill for the evening and in the local area.
It was a pleasant morning when we set off for the Warwick Folk Festival. We’d had a great time there two years earlier and were very keen to return. The drive was uneventful and from the moment we entered the festival site we were looked after extremely well by the festival volunteers.
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.
It was an honour for us to be invited back by the International Brigade Memorial Trust to perform as part of its annual commemoration of those brave men and women who left these shores in the 1930s and travelled to Spain to fight fascism.