8th July 2021 - 8pm
"Superb songwriter... gorgeous voice... incredibly talented"
"Sung from the soul... every track is a joy"
Hailing from the wild moorlands of North Yorkshire, singer-songwriter Becky Mills brings a uniquely personal and touching slant to the modern folk genre.
With a foot in both contemporary & classic traditions, her evocative songs take the listener through topics encompassing love, loss, motherhood, emigration, the regrets of old age, the nature of heroism, grief during wartime - even the joy of running away to the circus! - a kaleidoscope of subjects, but always with wit, humour, charm and feeling.
Described by listeners as "moving", "witty", sometimes "heart-rending", but always "uplifting", her acclaimed 2013 mainstream debut "Dandelion" led to comparisons with Sandy Denny - but this was no bolt from the blue.
An accomplished soloist and collaborator...
Becky spent the early 2000's recording solo albums locally, whilst gigging far and wide and supporting the likes of Pentangle, Fairport Convention and Barbara Dickson.
She then joined Waking the Witch and co-wrote two successful albums. A unique all-girl modern folk ensemble, WtW acquired a loyal fanbase who followed them to major festivals such as Trowbridge, Cambridge and Glastonbury.
A distinctive breakthrough...
After a short career break to start a family, "Dandelion" (2013) broke through to mainstream appeal, attracting rave reviews from listeners and journalists alike. Becky spent 2014 and 2015 touring the album at folk clubs and festivals countrywide.
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".
In between times she was kept busy recording and gigging 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.