Ticketed Events

 

Ticketed Events 

Below you will find links and information for all ticketed events. Please click through to each event to purchase tickets.

All ticketed events will be taking place online using Zoom - please download the free app for best performance. You will be emailed a link to access any event you have bought tickets for shortly before the festival starts.

Please note: as we are now livestreaming all events you only need to purchase one ticket per household/computer. Where there is more than one person intending to take part we would ask that you consider whether you might be able to support our artists by selecting the option to pay a little extra for your ticket.

Thursday 16th April

Special pre-festival 'one-of-a-kind' performance from Martin Green & Friends!

Time: 8.30-10pm

Martin Green and special guests swap songs and tunes and stories, exploring tunes & songs that they love and delving into themes relating to Martin’s project The Portal.

Best known as accordionist and electronic experimentalist with the visionary folk trio Lau, Martin Green is increasingly recognised as a composer, arranger and collaborator in his own right. His recent work has included Flit, songs inspired by first hand stories of human movement around the world, and Aeons, a sound walk along the river Tyne.

The Portal explores dance culture, trance, tradition, and collective experience, asking whether trance is innate to these islands. Martin will be releasing the Portal as an audio experience in the next few months, and this one-off concert will give you a glimpse into the ideas Martin is exploring in the making of the project as well as the tunes that are in his head these days.

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Friday 17th April

 

Bryony Griffith (Bedlam, Demon Barbers)

Time: 4-5pm

Bryony Griffith is an English fiddle player and singer from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire with a rich repertoire of English dance tunes and songs.

Her career in folk music started in the acclaimed ceilidh band Bedlam in her teens and took her all over the UK festival scene. She later became musician for Dog Rose Morris, appearing on Jools Holland, and still plays for one of the country’s premier rapper teams, The Newcastle Kingsmen. She sang in the much-missed a cappella group The Witches of Elswick and was a founder member of the BBC Folk Award-winning Demon Barbers.

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Jo Freya (Blowzabella, Old Swan Band, Morai)

Time: 5.30-6.30pm

Jo Freya's folk music journey started when she joined The Old Swan Band aged 14 – a band that explored and reaffirmed the joyousness of English traditional music, at a time when most English folk musicians were playing Celtic music. From this healthy foundation of tunes and song she moved on to join folk super-group Blowzabella.

Jo is a composer and song-writer, and plays in a number of different line ups including trio Morai, and ceilidh band Token Women. This is a rare opportunity to see her perform solo, live from her own home to yours!

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Simon Care (Edward II, Albion Band, Tickled Pink, Banter)

Time: 7-8pm

Simon Care started his musical journey as a member and musician for Moulton Morris at the tender age of ten. His love of traditional English Dance music has shone through in all of the bands he has performed with over the years. He started his professional music career in 1984 when at the age of 19 he joined The Albion Band. From there he went on to tour the world with roots-reggae pioneers Edward II from 1991 until 1999. His love of English Ceilidh music has seen him work with The Cock and Bull Band, Tickled Pink, Whapweasel and his latest band Banter. Never one for following the rules, Simon has always been at the cutting edge of innovation and exploration of English Dance Music.

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Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar's Feast, Faustus)

Time: 8.30-9.30pm

Oboist, singer, traditional violinist, competent pianist and swanee whistle virtuoso, Paul is a prolific and highly-regarded performer, composer, arranger and teacher. He is a founding member of the award- and nomination-winning ensembles – Belshazzar’s Feast, Faustus and the late Bellowhead, and has also appeared in Made in the Great War , Travelling with Thomas, and with Jon Boden and The Remnant Kings. Musical Director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers, in 2017-18 he performed in, as well as arranged and directed the music for a new production of Peter Bellamy’s ballad opera The Transports. (Guardian *****)

Away from his various ensembles, this is a rare chance to see Paul perform a solo show, streamed directly to your house!

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John Spiers (Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden)

Time: 10-11pm

John Spiers, known better in folk circles as Squeezy, has made a name for himself as one of the leading squeezebox players of his generation.  Well known for his long-standing duo partnership with Jon Boden in the formidable Spiers & Boden as well as his contribution to the massively popular Bellowhead, John has also played with Eliza Carthy’s Ratcatchers and a number of local folk-dance bands.

John has always written tunes for the melodeon in the traditional style and many of them can be heard on the albums of both Bellowhead and Spiers & Boden, as well as being played in folk sessions around the world. He has recently found time in amongst the heavy touring schedule to develop more of these compositions for performance as solo pieces, and is keenly working on ways of marrying the infectious pulse of traditional English dance music with modern musical influences.

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Saturday 18th April

 

Lucy Kitt 

Time: 11.30am-12.30pm

Lucy Kitt has been songwriting and performing under the radar for many years. Like discovering a 'hidden gem', her solo performances have captured the hearts of fans far and wide, and her talent cannot fail to go unnoticed by all who hear her music. Lucy's unique sound has been described as warm, earthy, and mellow, as well as being greatly influenced by the sound of LA's Laurel Canyon in the 1970's.

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Lucy Kitt

Gilmore & Roberts 

Time: 1-2pm

Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008. Since then, the duo have toured Canada and mainland Europe, played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work.

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Gilmore & Roberts

Rosie Hood & Lucy Huzzard

Time: 3-4pm

Rosie Hood is a young folk singer from Wiltshire, known for her strong, pure voice and engaging solo performance. A BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 and a 2016 Horizon Award nominee at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, Rosie has become more than purely a traditional singer. Rosie has a keen interest in the history of traditional songs, particularly those of her native Wiltshire, where she has spent time researching in the local archives and developing a broad repertoire of local songs. Rosie’s Fellowship year with the English Folk Dance & Song Society proved a pivotal point in her career giving her time and space to develop as an artist. Rosie is join by Lucy Huzzard on melodeon.

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Rosie Hood and Lucy Huzzard

Charlie Dore

Time: 5-6pm

A rare solo show as Charlie Dore shares personal favourites, rarities, curios and unique takes on songs she has written for platinum-selling artists, some never before performed live. There’s also a rumoured sneak preview of a couple of songs from her new album, due June 2020. The evening promises a multi-layered show as Charlie swaps between guitar, piano, ukulele and harmonium, her background in folk & roots very much in evidence, as are her years of experience as an actor and improviser. The stories between the songs are often dark and funny, the rapport with her audience always instant and relaxed. This multi-award-winner is one of only a handful of contemporary writers to have had success across so many different genres. Tina Turner, George Harrison and Celine Dion have all covered Charlie’s songs. 

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Charlie Dore

Megan Henwood and Jackie Oates 

Time: 7-8pm

Multi award winning contemporary folk duo Jackie Oates and Megan Henwood meld together their love of storytelling, songwriting and melody with their voices and acoustic instruments, resulting in a fresh sound that combines both reworked traditional folk song with original and contemporary material. Their individual musical backgrounds are quite different yet their voices blend effortlessly, sensitively backed by viola, guitar, and sometimes piano. 

The pair met at Nettlebed Folk Club in Oxfordshire, already admiring one another's work, they began playing music together shortly after and Jackie contributed heavily on Megan's album 'Head Heart Hand'. Since then they have been working together on new material and experimenting with arranging traditional and contemporary songs to fit their musical vision.

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Jackie Oates and Megan Henwood

COVID Kitchen Ceilidh with 3sticks and Andy Rouse 

Time: 8.30pm - dance til you drop!

In a (possible) WORLD FIRST Folk Weekend and Oxfolk Ceilidhs bring you... the COVID KITCHEN CEILIDH!

(You don't really have to dance in your kitchen, but alliteration always sounds better!)

3sticks are highly regarded favourites on the UK ceilidh and festival circuit, with their big, fresh, funky sound. Described by Fiddle On as ‘never less than stunning’, fiddle player Jenny Newman has her routes in the Donegal fiddle tradition and is renowned for her fluid and dexterous playing, and Andy Glass plays guitar and bass pedals in his own inimitable fashion to bring an inventive and exciting take to the music.

So how on earth is this going to work?!

Caller Andy Rouse will hand-pick their best selection of dances that can be done with 1-4 people. He may have to be a bit creative of course, but that's what we're all about here! You'll walk through the dance as normal and then 3sticks will play some funky music for you to dance round your living room to. There may end up being more falling about laughing than dancing, but at the very least it should provide some light relief from being stuck at home!

Click here to buy tickets for 3sticks and Andy Rouse

3sticks

Sunday 19th April

 

Katie Grace Harris

Time: 12-1pm

Katie Grace Harris had her debut performance at an early age, singing in a rusty Triumph Toledo accompanied only by her Dad. 'We would sing songs from Joni Mitchell, The Spinners, Ralph McTell and James Taylor' she says. It's no doubt that these early experiences have influenced the sound that she makes today which can best be described as earthy, piano accompanied English folk; gentle new arrangements of traditional songs alongside raw and exposed original compositions which draw attention to historic stories with a smattering of social justice to temper the mix. Katie has turned her hand to a variety of instruments including piano, Whistles, and Piano Accordion. These days Katie can mostly be spotted playing solo or with her band 'Juniper Bay' around the folk clubs of the UK.

Click here to buy tickets for Katie Grace Harris

Odette Michell 

Time: 1.30-2.30pm

Odette Michell is a British folk singer-songwriter, guitarist and bouzouki player with a bold new take on the acoustic tradition and a voice capable of demonstrating the finer points of both folk and traditional song with genuine craftsmanship. Her vocal style has been described as "warm, intelligent and sitting comfortably amidst folk guitar in a timeless songwriting style" - and has been compared in similarity to the likes of Sandy Denny and Joni Mitchell. Things have been moving at something of a pace for Odette ever since she released her 2018 debut EP 'By Way of Night'. The release garnered high praise and gained Odette her first national and international radio plays on both mainstream BBC Radio and Folk Radio stations.

Click here to buy tickets for Odette Michell

 

Dan Webster 

Time: 3-4pm

Dan Webster is described as ‘one of the U.K’s best kept musical secrets and one not to miss!’ and an ‘An insightful lyricist with a great voice’ Acoustic Magazine. According to Americana UK - ‘He is the missing link, the joining point, where folk fuses with country – as good as you’ll hear on any record out of Austin or Nashville - beautiful – he is Anglicana’. Dan is a road seasoned English singer-songwriter, his music is influenced by the sounds and storytelling traditions of American and British Folk music, which he uniquely blends into his own distinct fusion of Folk and Americana.

Click here to buy tickets for Dan Webster

 Dan Webster: click here for tickets

Iona Lane 

Time: 4.30-5.30pm

Iona is a young, upcoming folk singer and musician who is currently studying for a folk degree at Leeds College of Music. Performing a mix of traditional and original folk songs, Iona has been praised throughout the scene for her delicate yet powerful vocals, which have been captivating audiences up and down the country for several years.

Iona has released four EPs to date, and is set to release her debut album in 2020.

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Dan Walsh (Urban Folk Quartet)

Time: 6-7pm

BBC Folk Awards Best Musician nominee Dan Walsh combines ‘virtuoso playing and winning songwriting’ (MORNING STAR). Describing what Dan does is no easy task but at the heart of it is British, Irish and American folk music delivered with a healthy dose of funky grooves – all performed with his unique and dazzling take on clawhammer style banjo helping to challenge all preconceptions about the instrument. Add to all that poignant songs, astonishing musical departures and lively humour and the result is a truly memorable live show which has wowed audiences across the world from intimate seated rooms to huge dancing crowds in festival fields.

Click here to buy tickets for Dan Walsh

Dan Walsh

Hannah James (Jigdoll, Lady Maisery, Songs of Separation)

Time: 7.30-8.30pm

Described as “a true original” by the Guardian, spellbindingly innovative musician and dancer Hannah James has been one of the key figures in the revival of English percussive dance in recent years. 

Hannah amazed audiences across the UK with her breathtaking one-woman show, JigDoll, and also sings with vocal trio Lady Maisery who have produced three critically acclaimed albums and been nominated for the Horizon award at the BBC folk awards. Hannah also works with legendary folk Singer Maddy Prior in a trio which has just released a second album. In 2016 she was asked to dance with Seasick Steve on stage at Wembley arena to 10,000 people, and joined him again on Jools Hollands’ Hootenanny which was broadcast nationally on BBC 2. 

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Reg Meuross and Findlay Napier

Time: 9-10pm

Experience a journey into the heart, soul and songs of two of the finest singer-songwriters around. Reg Meuross and Findlay Napier met for the first time at the Celtic Connections' late night festival sessions in January 2020. Three months on they come together again for this very special double-billed evening of storytelling in song, presented by Oxford Music & Folk at Oxford Folk Weekend, with solo sets followed by a song and story swapping session. Expect to be moved as well as thoroughly entertained. The breadth and depth of Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross's material is unparalleled in contemporary folk; Findlay Napier is one of the most highly-regarded performers and creative forces on the Scottish music scene. 

Click here to buy tickets for Reg Meuross and Findlay Napier

 

 

17TH-19TH APRIL 2020

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