Na-Mara Blog

Hadleigh Folk and Acoustic Music Nights, Hadleigh 8th July 2022

With Rob feeling unwell on the morning of our long-awaited return to Hadleigh Folk and Acoustic Nights, it was clear that there would not be time for the club to make any alternative arrangements.  As such, I would need to do this 45 minute set solo.  So, I called organiser Simon Haines, explained the situation and began busying myself rearranging the planned set list.Read More

Croydon Folk Club, Ruskin House, Croydon, 27th June 2022

I'll confess to a level of trepidation ahead of this gig at Croydon Folk Club. This had nothing at all to do with the club or the music and everything to do with rush-hour M25, navigating the fiendishly busy roads of Croydon and finding a decent parking spot to unload the gear for the gig. We managed my motorway worries by setting off very early for the gig with the aim of getting there first and then being able to relax. So, we set off from St.Read More

St. Neots Folk Club, The Priory Centre, St Neots 21st June 2022

Ah, the mysteries of ‘unknown unknowns’. Only the satellites in the sky will ever know why the quick-witted idiot that is my SATNAV picked out such a circuitous and very rural route to get us to St. Neots for our Tuesday night gig. It certainly knew something we did not.  Despite living very close to the A1M, it didn't deliver us to it before we arrived in Hitchin in the north of the county. Thankfully, beyond that, it was clear sailing.

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Readifolk, Watlington House, Reading, 19th June 2022

Readifolk has always been a great supporter of Na-Mara’s music and it was lovely to be returning to perform at the club once more. After two long days of driving at the end of the previous week, we'd both been able to rest up for a while and were raring to go again. At only an hour's drive away, it felt as though we were visiting near neighbours. We were certainly visiting good friends.

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Swindon Folk Club, The Hop Inn, Swindon, 17th June 2022

Refreshed from a great night's sleep in quiet and comfortable surroundings, we had a lovely breakfast chat with our host and Bideford Folk Club committee member, Alison, at her splendid B&B.

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Bideford Folk Club, The Joiners Arms, Bideford, 16th June 2022

We knew we were in for some glorious weather when we set off mid-morning for our long trip from St Albans down to north Devon to perform for our first ever time at the Bideford Folk Club.

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The Richard Jefferies Museum, Swindon, June 5th 2022

Rob and I got our June/July series of gigs off to a splendid start on the afternoon of Sunday 5th June with a relaxed trip to perform at the Richard Jefferies Museum in Coate, near Swindon.

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Watford Folk Club, The Pump House, Watford 15th October 2021

After the achingly long period of lockdown, the time had finally arrived.  We were going back out to headline a full gig at a real folk club with real people in it.  We’d had a couple of festival appearances in the interim but this was our first folk club gig since late 2019.  So, it was a great comfort to know we were playing the Watford Folk Club.  Watford was one of the first folk clubs to welcome Na-Mara as a headline guest and it has been unstinting in itsRead More

St Neots Folk Festival, Priory Centre, St Neots, Friday 24th September 2021

We had great fun yesterday evening performing at the St Neots Folk Festival and the great pleasure of seeing some old friends and making new ones as well. 

The event was held in the Priory Centre in St Neots, the first of a three day festival to be held across the town. 

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Virtual Showcase for Cambridge Folk Club, Friday 24th July 2020

Given that the COVID-19 pandemic had effectively demolished our performance diary for 2020, it was lovely to receive an email from our friends at Cambridge Folk Club asking us to take part in one of their virtual showcase evenings.  In the musical emptiness of lockdown, this was our first ‘gig’ of any type since we had played in Oxford in early March and, I must say, it was nice to have something in the diary again to work towards.Read More