Na-Mara Blog

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

Comrades Come Rally: Holywell Music Room, Oxford, 8th March 2020

After spending time writing and rehearsing through much of January and February, March 8th saw Na-Mara’s first performance outing of the year.  We were honoured to have been invited to perform alongside fellow musicians and actors at an event to commemorate the contribution and sacrifice made by men and women from Oxfordshire to the fight against Franco in the Spanish Civil War.  The venue was the Holywell Music Room in Oxford, a sublime and historicRead More

Fund raiser for the Da Capo Music Foundation, Hampstead, NW3, 28th November 2019

It was a splendid end to a splendid year of performances for Na-Mara at Rosslyn Hill Chapel in Hampstead, NW3. 

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Cambridge Folk Club, 22nd November 2019

Following the unfortunate illness of one of their guest artists for the evening, club organisers at Cambridge Folk Club approached Rob and I about the possibility of stepping in to cover at short notice.  Always happy to reciprocate the decade long support Cambridge Folk Club has given to us, we were delighted to oblige. 

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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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