In 2022 Invisible Folk was commissioned by Bedford Borough Council to create a Walking Tour of their High Street as part of the Heritage Action Zone project supported by Historic England. In addition to historians and curators we interviewed people from communities who aren't always represented in heritage projects, such as women, immigrants, disabled, LBGTQ . These are the people of Bedford and they told its story. Search for the IZI travel app on your phone.
Preview the tour via this link
Made for the Higgins Bedford's exhibition From Bunyan to Brickworks this film was shot by Ian Yarwood. It examines London Brick's international recruitment policy and the impact it had on today's town. It also demonstrated how folk song can tell the story of a town and its people. This project was made possible by our first Arts Council Grant.
The Higgins Bedford staged an exhibition of paintings exploring climate, countryside and ecology in Bedfordshire. We contributed a film. Shot by Hannah Lovell and edited by Matt Fleming it is a meditation on the immersive quality of the countryside. The score was written by Jon Bickley and performed by the Invisible Folk Club Band. It is part of an album also called Under the same sky. This project was made possible by our second Arts Council Grant.
Invisible Folk curated a stage at the Rickmansworth Folk Festival. We featured Odette Michell, Lizzy Hardingham, Craig Joiner, Chris and Markham Lawley, Jon Bickley, John Maw and Neil Stanton and Dave Artus.
During the Bunyan to Brickworks exhibition we held an open day in partnership with the Higgins Bedford. Inside a panel discussion collected stories about those who had worked in the brickworks and outside ten folk music acts entertained visitors.
Barry Goodman plays two tunes written by Graeme Meek, Seven Chimneys and The Stewartby Phorpres. They were filmed by Ian Yarwood as part of our Bricks that built a community project and the finished film formed part of the From Bunyan to Brickworks exhibition.
Jon Bickley and the Sharnbrook Community Choir sing Jon's song Calling All The Angels in St.Peter's in Sharnbrook. Filmed by Ian Yarwood, recorded by Ben Farestvedt, choirmaster Mike Gibbons.
In 2020 Invisible Folk obtained their third Arts Council Grant. It was to write a play exploring gender roles in Lacemaking in the nineteenth century. We also commissioned Catherine Earnshaw, Gemma Ghawaja and Jon Bickley to create new musical settings for Lace Tells and other folk songs. These songs are available on the Lacemakers playlist.