Na-Mara Blog

Readifolk, Sunday 12th May 2019

It was lovely to mark the start of what is going to be a busy period of performing with a return to see old friends at Reading’s Folk Club, Readifolk.  The organisers at Readifolk have been amongst the very most supportive of Na-Mara since the beginning.

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Folk at the Maltings, The Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans, Friday 29th March 2019

After many months of recording, mixing and mastering, followed by further weeks of planning and background work, the time had finally come for Rob and me to launch our new album, Sisters & Brothers. 

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Orpington Folk Club, Thursday, 22nd March 2019

It was a great pleasure to return for a third time to the Orpington Folk Club.  The welcome there is always warm, the banter excellent and the music of a very high standard.

Rob and I arrived early, just as club organisers were setting the club room up for the evening. This gave us chance to catch up with them on all the club news. 

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Grimsby Folk Club, Sunday 30th September 2019

Knowing we had another full and varied day ahead of us, we again rose reasonably late before having a hearty breakfast at the hotel, packing our bags and setting off for north Lincolnshire. 

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Bolton Socialist Club, Saturday 29th September 2018

After a late breakfast at our hotel, Rob and I got together for a brief rehearsal ahead of our trip that evening to the Bolton Socialist Club.  Once we were finished rehearsing, we then made our way to the extremely attractive town of Knutsford to meet up with some close friends for lunch and a tour of the town.  I can tell you the Italian food was very good indeed and we greatly enjoyed our tour of the town’s Heritage Centre ( - in particular, the Knutsford Tapestry, a work of monumental effort and, in my view, eventual historic importance).

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Bollington Folk Club, Friday 28th September 2018

After a splendid evening at the Topic Folk Club in Bradford  the night before, and eating and drinking late into the night, we had a lazy morning with a leisurely breakfast and a look through some old photographs, before setting off for Cheshire. Since we were playing a Spanish Civil War-related event at the Bolton Socialist Club on the following evening (Saturday), Rob and I had made the previous decision that we would make our way to the Manchester area and look to visit one of the local folk clubs in the area.

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The Topic Folk Club, Bradford, Thursday 27th September 2018

It was a fresh, sunny, lunchtime when we set off from St Albans to perform at the first of our ‘2018 northern tour’ venues - the prestigious Topic Folk Club in Bradford.  We had had the pleasure of performing a floor spot and joining a singaround session at the club over the previous couple of years but tonight we were going to be headlining at the oldest folk club in the world.

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Gala Fundraiser, Watford Folk Club, 13th July 2018

It was a very nice evening at the Gala Fundraiser at Watford Folk Club last night.

We very much enjoyed performing a 40-minute set with lots of material from our forthcoming album and we saw some excellent performances from MC Julian Mount and friends, Steve McClennon and friends, Nigel Wesson and the lovely Moses and the Ref.

I am also pleased to report that the evening was well attended and a fair old sum of money was raised to support the club to continue to do their excellent work.

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Overton Folk Club, Wednesday, 4th July 2018

Rob and I had a great time on our first visit to Overton Folk Club yesterday evening.  We were very warmly received and heard some first rate performances by club regulars in a very convivial setting in the Community Centre in the middle of Overton.  What more could one want for a nice evening out?

Overton Folk Club organisers Tom and Gill had seen Na-Mara perform at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival last year and were kind enough to extend an invitation to play at the club, something we were delighted to do.

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Idstein Jazz Festival, 9th-10th June 2018

It was a very early wake up call to catch our flight to Frankfurt to play at the Idstein Jazz Festival and, as with every very early flight, there is little comfort in sleep the night before as you work through all the little worries in your head.  Worries along the lines of will the car start, will there be someone to actually meet and greet us at airport parking,  will the flight go on time, what if there was a cancellation, will the security guys freak out at a suitcase full of leads, instrument stands and CDs, will the instruments survive the journey in the hold, will the Fragile sticke

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