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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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Crewe and Nantwich Labour Party, Tuesday 24th September 2019

After the Skipton Folk Unplugged gig, Rob and I sat up late with Chris and had beers and snacks, winding down, not getting to bed until 1.30am. So, it was a lazy morning over a wonderful breakfast watching the UK constitution evolving in real time as the Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the Prime Minister’s attempt at prorogation of Parliament, 11-0.

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Skipton Folk Unplugged, Monday 23rd September 2019

After another excellent breakfast near the Market Hall in Altincham, we set off around 11.30am to make our way east to our next gig in Skipton, North Yorkshire.

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Genevieve Tudor’s Sunday Folk, BBC Radio Shropshire and the Raven Folk Club, Chester, Sunday 22nd September 2019

We have had the pleasure of meeting Genevieve Tudor a few times now and, after kindly playing a couple of tracks from our new album ‘Sisters & Brothers’ on her Sunday Folk programme for BBC Radio Shropshire earlier in the year, and knowing we were in the region, she had generously invited us to join her for an interview and to play a couple of tracks live.

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Glossop Labour Club, Saturday 21st September 2019

In recent years, we have been keen to set aside some time each year to take our music to pastures new.  In this respect, Glossop Labour Club represented the first gig of a four night, 2019, ‘mini-tour’ to new venues in northern England.

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