In Summer 2019 we curated two festival stages.
The first event was Brickworks Open Day at The Higgins Bedford Museum on 25th May 2019 promoting the 6 month Journey from Bunyan to the Brickworks exhibition.
Jon Bickley interviewed two former senior managers at the Brickworks in front of an audience which included many former workers. The short initial interview was followed by a question and answer session. All of this was filmed and provided the museum with first hand testimony for their archive.
Invisible Folk organised a festival of folk music in the beautiful courtyard at the entrance to the museum. The weather was glorious and we had 10 folk acts ranging from a solo unaccompanied singer to a seven piece folk ‘choir’, uilleann pipes, violins and guitars all featured. The singers in our Brickworks film Marisa, Jack & Davy and Jack in a Barrel sang songs about the industry and Pete Castle performed Bedfordshire songs he collected while living in the area.
On the day Invisible Folk provided a small PA system and stage management making this a completely self-contained festival. Ian Yarwood was filming in and around the courtyard, his short film (see below) captures the ‘feel good’ factor of the day.
The Higgins received a grant from the Hidden Histories funds from Share East to help pay for the filming, the musicians and the marketing.
The second event was the Invisible Folk Club Stage as part of the Rickmansworth Folk Festival on 13th July 2019. The stage was located in the garden of The Feathers pub, Rickmansworth. It was another beautiful day with music from 6 fine artists. A short (2 mins) highlights film is available on YouTube:
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