Na-Mara Blog

Redbourn Folk Club, 13th November 2019

Redbourn Folk Club has always provided great support for Na-Mara and its music and it is a real pleasure to perform there.  The venue - a former school room behind a pleasant pub in a small village between St Albans and Hemel Hempstead – somehow lends itself to intimacy.  The seats are closely packed together, with full bookshelves and neat little fireplace with mirror above forming the backcloth to the performance area.

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Interview and performance with the Invisible Folk Club, 9th November 2019

The Invisible Folk Club is a UK based, virtual, folk club that encourages and enables authentic music, both ancient and modern, through the production of radio programmes and podcasts.  These programmes are played on community radio stations and later released as podcasts.Read More

Na-Mara’s 2019 trip to Chongqing, China – Tuesday 29th October 2019 and the return home, Wednesday 30th October 2019

On our last full day in Chongqing we rose a little later and breakfasted with fellow festival performers, Netherlands gypsy blues band, Stompin’ Grounds. They were nice, bright, young men and it was a real pity that we hadn’t been able to catch any of their performances.

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Na-Mara’s 2019 trip to Chongqing, China – Monday 28th October 2019

 

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Na-Mara’s 2019 trip to Chongqing, China – Sunday 27th October 2019

Opening the curtains on Sunday morning revealed a still overcast sky but the weather had definitely lightened and the rain had finally stopped.

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Na-Mara’s 2019 trip to Chongqing, China – Saturday 26th October 2019

If anything, the weather had deteriorated further over Friday night and the clouds seemed lower again on Saturday morning.  However, given we had a day at leisure available to us before the concert, we were not going to be deterred from exploring Hechaun.  So, after breakfast we bundled into a taxi with Clive and drove across town to a Buddhist monastery situated alongside the Jialiang River.

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Na-Mara’s 2019 trip to Chongqing, China – Friday 25th October 2019

Chongqing is growing as a domestic tourist destination but, as yet, it isn’t seeing an abundance of international tourists.  As such, the buffet breakfast in the hotel was very Chinese and very different to what businessmen and tourists might find in the international hotels of Beijing and Shanghai. It should also be noted that Chongqing has a reputation for having the spiciest food in the whole of China; lots of chillies.

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Na-Mara’s 2019 trip to Chongqing, China – arrival 23rd/24th October 2019

After extensive planning, getting the necessary visas and careful preparing some appropriate set lists, the day had finally arrived for us to set off for China where Na-Mara were playing two concerts and engaging in a range of student related activities at the Diao YuCheng International Music Festival hosted by the Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications (CQUPT) in the Hechuan District of Chongqing in China.  On this trip, Rob and I were going to Read More

Rosslyn Court, Margate, Saturday, 5th October 2019

Na-Mara had been recommended to Rosslyn Court organiser, Morag Butler, by Mike and Maureen who run the Anchor Folk Club in Byfleet, and we were delighted to accept an invitation to perform for the first time in Margate.  Given that Rosslyn Court also runs a wide array of folk-related and other workshops, we were similarly delighted when Morag agreed to let us run a workshop on ‘Songs and Tunes from the Celtic World’ on the afternoon ahead of our performance.Read More

The Great kNight Folk Club, Northampton, 1st October 2019

When we checked our diaries as we left the door, it turned out to have been over five years since we’d last performed at the Great kNight Folk Club in Northampton.  So, we were really pleased to be returning there with lots of new material.

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