Reunion Lane (Saturday 5pm)

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Reunion Lane is Alison and David Fenner with Simon Diegan, an experienced acoustic group whose performances at FESTIVALS such as Towersey, FOLK CLUBS and FOLK SHOWS are always well received.

Alison was a founder member of Bread and Roses with Sarah Morgan and David is an award-winning songwriter. Together they played with the band Commonground at festivals such as Chippenham, Whitby, Broadstairs and the Mill Race in Canada, and they also perform as a duo. Simon is a singer, musician, caller and regular MC at Sidmouth and Towersey festivals and also plays in Oxfordshire-based band Celtic Heartbeat..

Their performances range from rich three-part unaccompanied harmony to inventive and well-crafted accompaniment. Simon plays melodeon, bass and ukulele, David guitar and mandola and Alison duet concertina. Their music is varied and engaging, including traditional, modern and self-penned songs, as well as a dash of humour and audience involvement.

“Reunion Lane played a great set at the Towersey Festival. Their musicianship and vocal harmony brought both laughter and tears to a very appreciative audience. Top band.” Jim Greenhough, Thame Club Organiser

“Reunion Lane blend a huge range of sources and influences to produce one of the best soundscapes you will hear in a folk club.” Bob Templeman, Chesham Folk Club

 For more information go to www.reunion-lane.co.uk

 

For all the Facebook Stage performances you will need to open the Folk Weekend Oxford Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/folkweekendoxford)  The performances will 'go live' on there.  They will all be available after the event as well in the videos section.  All these performances are free, but do add to the performers' and/or FWO's tip box (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/folkweekendoxford)

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Introducing our patrons

We are delighted to have two outstanding local folk artists as our festival patrons; Jackie Oates has been with us since 2013, and she was joined in 2016 by John Spiers, of Bellowhead and Spiers and Boden.


Jackie is a singer and fiddle player hailing from Staffordshire and now living in Oxford. Her unique treatment of English ballads and songs, and pure, haunting singing style has attracted increasing attention. Since appearing as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2003, she has performed extensively at festivals and folk clubs across the country, in a solo capacity and with a number of bands. Her second album 'The Violet Hour' was one of the Top 10 on the Mojo folk album of the year chart in 2008, followed by 'Hyperboreans' reaching number five in the chart the following year. Also in 2009 Jackie won two BBC Folk Awards - The Horizon Award for best new comer, and the Best Traditional Track Award. She is currently singing with her own band, and touring as a member of The Imagined Village alongside Eliza Carthy. When not busy with all this Jackie dances with Summertown Morris and knits a lot!

 

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 was born in Birmingham, but moved to Abingdon in Oxfordshire at an early age where his association with the traditional folk music and dance of the region began. His road to success all started when he met Jon Boden at a folk session in the Fir Tree pub on Iffley Road in the late 90s; by 1999 they started performing together as Spiers & Boden and were quickly signed to Fellside records. 2004 saw the duo join 9 other friends to create the explosive ‘Bellowhead’ who have cooked up a storm on festival stages UK wide ever since. Bellowhead went on to win several BBC Radio 2 folk awards for Best Live Act and Best Group, and their album 'Revival' entered the UK album charts at number 12, before they sadly parted ways in 2016. 

Merch!

We had some amazing SPECIAL EDITION festival merch available for the 2020 lockdown festival.  They are still available if you want a momento of that unique weekend - click here to browse!  

Folky Fundraisers

We have a number folky fundraisers throughout the year - from Christmas Concerts and workshops to Family Ceilidhs. Supporting Folk Weekend whilst having a fabulous time - what could be better?!

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Morris at Folk Weekend

In normal times 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 Botanic Gardens and the Ashmolean Museum. Things are a litte different at the moment, but Morris will return.  For more information, go to our Morris page.