Cat Kelly & Pete Ord

Well-established at Folk Weekend (albeit usually behind the scenes!), this duo of outstanding musicians are passionate about making folk music accessible to all. Cat and Pete perform regularly in Special Needs schools with their unique mixture of Makaton-signed folk song together with joyfully interactive chorus songs and shanties; festival regulars may have seen them last year with their full band Iris, giving Folk Weekend's first relaxed performance. Both members of ceilidh band Triptych, their music has an infectious energy, contrasted perfectly with a handful of poignant songs - even more moving when accompanied by Cat's expressive signing.

Cat and Pete will be performing in ODHHC as part of Special Saturday, and Pete will be giving a workshop on Inclusive Music Making using technology:

Welcome to a whole new world... Pete Ord will introduce you to a wildly different way of making music, using technology designed to make music accessible to all. During the session Pete will guide you through a simple folk song, playing and singing using a variety of high and low-tech technologies including SKOOG, Soundbeam, Talking Tiles, and Garageband. Particularly suitable for people with Special Needs and disabilities, but open to all with an interest in alternatives to traditional music-making. (If you have an iPad you'd like to bring along to the session then please do!)

Click here for more information about our Special Saturday events, which are particularly aimed at people with Special Needs and their families.

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Morris at Folk Weekend

We are always delighted to welcome Morris dancers to Folk Weekend, who perform in the streets and at fantastic locations across the City centre including the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Ashmolean Museum. For more information, go to our Morris page.