20190201: Friday 1st February: Open Stage with Becky Mills
Becky spent the early 2000s recording solo albums locally, whilst gigging far and wide and supporting the likes of Pentangle, Fairport Convention and Barbara Dickson. She then joined the all-girl modern folk ensemble Waking the Witch, and co-wrote two successful albums. WtW subsequently played Trowbridge, Cambridge and Glastonbury festivals.
After a short career break to start a family, Becky’s solo album "Dandelion" (2013) achieved mainstream appeal, and she toured the album at folk clubs and festivals in 2014 and 2015.
Further close collaboration with Ashley Hutchings (Fairport, Steeleye Span, The Albion Band) followed, with a UK-wide tour of Ash's "Shakespeare to Sonnets" show, plus the premiere of "Fairport Beginnings" concept at Cropredy Festival in 2017. Becky then played an important role in Ashley's 2018 double-CD release "Paradise and Thorns", contributing a specially commissioned song, "The Swift".
She has also recorded and gigged with former Steeleye stalwart Ken Nicol, fellow ex-Witch Patsy Matheson and former Rainbow Chaser and multi-instrumentalist Ruth Angell.
In 2018 Becky signed with Talking Elephant records for the release of "Tall Tales and Home Truths", the long-awaited follow-up to “Dandelion”.
"Becky’s overriding strength is in the quality of her song writing,” Toby Charnock, Topic Folk Club.
"I don't remember when I was so amazed at a singer-songwriter's work … she sings from the soul," Mike Harding.
8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)
Entry: £4(door), £3(advance), £2(members), £1(performers).