Free Events

See below for a list of the FREE performances and events happening throughout the festival weekend. 

The free events listed below will be streamed live on the Folk Weekend: Oxford Facebook page. Please see the 'Sessions' page for more free events that you can join in with.

 

Friday 17th April

 

Blánid 

Time: 5pm

Exploding into the London folk scene in late 2018, Blánid has been described as “phenomenal” by BBC Radio Kent, “unique” by BBC Music Introducing, and “spellbinding” by Unicorn Folk Magazine. With an emotive blend of indie folk and blues, Blánid’s ability to cast a spell over her audience makes her one to watch. 

Ben Avison 

Time: 6pm

Ben Avison is a captivating performer who has been praised for his “beautifully rich voice”, “tasty guitar work” and hailed as a “master of many styles” by the BBC. He has toured and recorded internationally with several artists including members of the Bhundu Boys, Stornoway, and on The Moonbeams’ Daily Telegraph top folk album of 2015. Ben has a new album, ‘Lovers’ Leap’; think Paul Simon, Kris Drever, Neil Young – yet floating above it is a clear English voice with its own stories to tell.

 

Samantha Twigg Johnson

Time: 7pm

Samantha Twigg Johnson sings songs of love, fury, apocalypse and wine-soaked compromise. She also plays flamenco guitar, Puerto Rican cuatro and kazoo. Occasionally she is joined by the aptly named Sometimes Band.

Jack Walker

Time: 8pm

Jack Walker is a local harmonica player and singer supported by Chris Webster on guitar. Jack combines the folk music of England and America, putting his original spin on the music he plays.

  

Saturday 18th April

 

Tatiana Soloviova 

Time: 12pm

Tatiana Soloviova is an Oxford based Russian singer, scholar and a music teacher. She has been a prize winner at Oxford Music Festival, Llangollen International Eisteddfod and London International Russian Song Contest, and was described in Oxford Times as an inspirational musician. 

May Tumi

Time: 1pm

With her tender, enigmatic voice Oxford-based singer songwriter May Tumi carefully creates those moments when the heart flickers. With influences ranging from Joni Mitchell to Miriam Makeba, May is a unique performer.

Henderson:Hooper 

Time: 2pm

Henderson:Hooper are an Oxfordshire fiddle and guitar duo, featuring Judith Henderson and Nick Hooper, who have been playing together since 2001.  Their set will include traditional tunes, more contemporary ones by writers such as Pete Cooper and John Dipper and ones they have penned themselves. 

Discovery 

Time: 3pm

Discovery are Jeff and Elaine Gillett whose voices combine to create beautiful harmonies and sensitive interpretations of traditional and modern folk songs, which they present with warmth and humour. The songs are enhanced by Jeff’s supremely tasteful, restrained yet inventive accompaniments on guitar, concertina, Appalachian dulcimer and mandola. 

 

Roger Jackson

Time: 4pm

Roger Jackson can normally be found playing with Bluegrass duo BlueJay are Bluegrass, but has offered to give us some songs on his own. BlueJay sing songs from American folk tradition with wit and fun. 

Hoverhawk 

Time: 5pm

Hoverhawk is made up of Kat Steiner and Rory Morrison, who apply skilful close harmony singing and innovative interpretations to both traditional and modern folk songs. They began singing in pubs around Oxford and have now graduated to the occasional stage and even recorded an EP.  

Susanna Starling

Time: 6pm

Susanna Starling is usually found playing with The Boot Band, a folk trio based in Oxfordshire, who's repertoire spans an eclectic mix of their own tunes, Susanna's self-penned songs, traditional folk songs, covers including Leonard Cohen and Tom Waites, traditional English and Eastern European tunes, and anything else that takes their fancy! She also plays with folk-jazz cafe quartet Hunter's Moon.

Mark Ashworth 

Time: 7pm

Mark Ashworth is a songwriter, singer and musician rooted in the broad folk tradition. Accompanying himself on guitar and octave mandolin/bouzouki, his songs draw on wide influences, from traditional song and ballad forms to contemporary folk writers. 

Jon Wilks 

Time: 8pm

Jon Wilks has a great eye/ear for a story, and this shows in his live shows – an amusing mix of folk song performance and conversation. He throws in weird and wonderful titbits about the original singers and collectors that he has unearthed. “The sort of performer folk circles refer to when they talk of the living tradition” – Mike Davies, Folking.com.

Sunday 19th April

 

Tim Brooks 

Time: 12pm

Tim Brooks’ solo repertoire is a mix of traditional/traditional-style songs and fiddle tunes, mostly from the British Isles.  Tim accompanies himself on fiddle, guitar and occasional other instruments. His playing style is firmly rooted in dance; playing recently for the Haddenham Hoofers, Tappalachian, step dancer Kerry Fletcher, and his latest ceilidh band 'Threadneedle'.

Jon Fletcher 

Time: 1pm

Dazzling fingerstyle guitar, gently soulful vocals and songs aimed straight at the heart, Oxford-based Jon Fletcher (Magpie Lane/Oxford Waits/Kismet) weaves strands of English folk, jazz and classic song-writing into a compelling and original take on the troubadour tradition. A recent solo album ‘When the Music Ends’ confirms a reputation both as a songwriter and interpreter of traditional songs. “One of Britain's best acoustic guitarists and a great songwriter to boot" - Nancy Kerr & James Fagan

Roary Skaista 

Time: 2pm

A local singer-songwriter, performing songs on the themes of love, nature, diversity and equality, Roary's pure singing voice gives an authentic folk sound to their music and makes them a pleasure to listen to. They challenge audiences on current issues such as mental health, LGBT+ rights, gender equality, and the environment.

Morris Oxford

Time: 3pm

Morris Oxford take vocals, violin, mandolin, piano accordion, and guitar, and they make a big pile of musical instruments on the floor. Influences from the 17th to 21st century inform their programme of music and song.

Trev Williams 

Time: 4pm

Trev’s most recent Album ‘Greedy Pigs’ released last year May 2019, termed "heartfelt folk pop”, "emotional honesty and an ability to sound both plaintive and cynical simultaneously”, tackling political and mental health related topics. Trev recently was the Musical Director in the famous Florence Park Pantomime, so expect a mix of all these and some new tracks from his next release!

Ian Mitchell

Time: 5pm

Ian usually performs with trio Little Red, who have garnered praise far and wide for their two albums, ‘Sticks and Stones’ and ‘Draw Blood’. For this performance Ian will perform solo.

 

17TH-19TH APRIL 2020

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