The Preservation of Fire – Album no. 3

“Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire” – Gustav Mahler. And so, “The Preservation of Fire” is the title we’ve chosen for our third album. Available now from all the usual sources!

 

Recorded and mastered in Somerset at Court Farm by Mitchell and Vincent.
All tracks and sets arranged by Mitchell and Vincent.
Copyright 2019 Mitchell and Vincent

 

Folk Radio review  (featured in their “Editor’s Picks”)

“So, there you have it. Timeless; exquisite production; great selection of tunes; social commentary. What’s not to like? Nothing. But what has lifted it even higher for me is that my partner says that she really likes it. Now that kind of praise is extremely rare.”

FATEA review 

“This is a very entertaining, varied and skilfully played collection of tunes and songs that stands up extremely well as a piece of studio work, but also serves to provide an excellent showcase of what to expect in Mitchell and Vincent’s live performances.”

Robert Ford on AbbeyFM 

Check out the new album by @mitchellandvin ‘The Preservation of Fire’. The sound is razor sharp and it’s as though they are playing in your lounge just for you. This is an album by two musicians at the height of their powers and their best album yet.

The Living Tradition

“There’s a lot to like here”.

Glasto!

 

It’s that time of year again…… I’ve got my wellies out and We’re playing in “Green Futures Field”, We’re on at Toad Hall and also The Small World Stage – Listen out for us on Worthy FM Festival Radio on the Wednesday! Excited!!

TOAD HALL:  Weds 26th June 5:15pm – 6pm

SMALL WORLD STAGE:  Thurs 27th June 1:15pm – 2:15pm

T’was in a Royal Tunbridge Wells Car Park!

We had some time to kill before the last gig of our East of England tour, we thought we’d find somewhere scenic in Royal Tunbridge Wells and do a quick video. Not sure why….. but here’s a video from the station car park. It was actually rather fun to do (couple of out takes on the end) and the parking warden seemed quite bemused by it all!

As I Roved Out

Delighted to release our second “proper” video. I’ve loved this song from the first time I heard it, so it was an absolute joy to have the wonderful Caraway Music make a video of us playing in the crypt of St John on the Wall in Bristol. Thanks guys!

Cake. Mmmmm.

27th January 2019 – Today’s concert at Music On The Levels is one I’ve been looking forward to!

Not only does the church have the most stunning acoustics, but they have had the most wonderful cake the last couple of times we played there. What’s not to like.

 Music on the levels  St. Mary’s Church, Westonzoyland 15:30-17:30 Google Maps

TOO LATE, you missed it… What a fun concert, full house, and the cake was great  – So thanks to the organisers and to whosoever made that apple cake and the rather splendid Victoria sponge……

 

Cold, wet & windy!

A fun weekend of gigs at “Dunster by candlelight”.

The weather was a slight issue as t’was very cold, wet & windy! Wisely Mitchell and Vincent had managed to procure some indoor performance space for most of our 30 minute slots, but things took a slightly unexpected turn in the makeshift performance area opposite “The Stag’s Head Inn” in West Street. Despite one of the evening’s torrential downpours being under way, a few brave souls had stopped to listen. Stopping is something we also had to do when I spotted my violin case starting to float along in the newly formed stream passing though the back of the (otherwise weather tight) gazebo.

Still a great couple of evenings and hope to be back next year!

Brighten up your winter – have a party!

We do play at parties, dinners and other private events and if you fancy brightening up one winter’s evening with some friends, we’d love to come and play for you. We bring all our own kit and have performed in some pretty small spaces in the past!

Pricing does vary according to distance, but a simple party without significant travel starts at a surprisingly modest fee.

So, if you fancy giving it a go, please get in touch – mitchellandvincent@gmail.com

Be warned, we do drink a lot of tea.

 

“A stick”

Dave & I were playing at a lovely apple harvesting day in Axmouth, we wandered around the beautiful orchard playing to the groups of apple pickers and the folks helping to process the apples through the various stages needed to make juice.

Standing by a tree, Dave & I were having a quick break between tunes when a young lad walked up to me and looked pointedly at my violin bow. “Have you got a stick I can use to get the apples down?” – I did feel a bit mean, but I had to say no.

 

Defeated by mosquito or elephant.

I was so looking forward to our gig at “The Slaughtered Lamb” in Clerkenwell, but I started to feel really ill a couple of days after getting home from Thailand. This vague feeling then changed into a raging full on infection in my leg and a fever. Finding that I couldn’t stand up, we had to cancel the gig – the first we have since my appendicitis! All back to normal now and we’ll be rescheduling that gig.

Most likely cause seems to have been a mosquito bite or standing waist deep in slightly green water at an elephant sanctuary. My wife says we’re going to Cornwall next year and to be honest I’m more than ok with that……