Nancy Kerr and James Fagan at FWOT: Faringdon

N and J 2019 Credit Elly LucasFolk Weekend on Tour: Faringdon

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan

with support act Josh Newman and Mitch Keely

9th October 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm). Faringdon Corn Exchange

Buy tickets for Nancy Kerr & James Fagan (plus support)

 

with your ticket you have the chance to get discounts at a number of Faringdon hospitality venues!  

  • £10 lunch OR  two for one on G&T at The Bell.
  • A free Gin Fizz at Gin To My Tonic (from their bar on Bromsgrove, Faringdon).
  • 2 for 1 on selected cocktails at The Narrows.
  • £2 for your first drink at The Folly pub.  
  • 5% of your bill at Floyd's Grill - quote Folkfest21 when you book

Nancy and James

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan are one of the best-known and most experienced folk duos on the British circuit today. Outstanding musicianship, a lifelong grounding in traditional singing and instrumental playing, acclaimed original compositions but most noticeably a visceral chemistry between these two make Kerr and Fagan a perennial favourite at festivals, venues and clubs across the country. They met in December 1995, and formed the duo and life partnership that has become the backbone of their professional career in music ever since. They won the inaugural Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2000, and were also the first ever recipients of the “Best Duo” Award, which they won in 2003, and again in 2011. They are one of only two acts ever to receive this honour twice (along with Spiers and Boden).

Nancy Kerr is the daughter of London singer-songwriter Sandra Kerr and Northumbrian piper Ron Elliott. Nancy is a simply outstanding writer of songs, one of England’s best-known folk fiddle players and in 2015 won “Folk Singer of the Year” at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. She is in constant demand as a songwriter, performer and teacher. As well as the duo with James, her recent work has included the multi-award-winning “The Full English” band, “The Elizabethan Session”, Melrose Quartet and the trio Simpson Cutting Kerr (with Martin Simpson and Andy Cutting). She is co-director of the Soundpost fiddle and singing workshop weekends in Sheffield. Her duo in the 1990s with Eliza Carthy saw her shoot to international prominence on the folk scene in her teens and she hasn’t looked back.

James Fagan was born in Australia and raised in a folk-singing family The Fagans. He is a multi-instrumentalist and singer, specialising in bouzouki, guitar and mandolin. As well as working side by side with Nancy for nearly two decades, James is part of Melrose Quartet and The James Brothers. James is constantly in demand as a session player and appears on albums by Cara Dillon, Martin Simpson, Brian Finnegan, Eliza Carthy and Spiers & Boden. He was part of Bellowhead for their Hedonism tour in 2010 and has been a regular member of the Cara Dillon Band, having played bouzouki on her latest two CDs. He is a core vocal tutor on the Newcastle University Folk Music Degree Course.

As a duo, Nancy and James have toured internationally, most notably in the British Isles, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. They have thousands of fans and despite now having two children continue to work and tour constantly from their home base in Sheffield. Starting a family has reduced the amount of time they can spend on the road together, so their duo shows are now special and sought-after events.

Nancy Kerr – Nominated ‘Best Original Track’ with ‘Fragile Water’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017

Twice winners “Best Duo” BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS (2003, 2011)

Nancy Kerr is the 2015 “Folk Singer of the Year” (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards)

“Stunning – Five Stars”R2

“A songwriter steeped in the tradition, but casting it anew.” Songlines

“Quite breathtakingly beautiful.” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2.

“The sheer abundance of distilled poetry on display is inspiring. And when it unravels in such a moving lyrical way, such as this, it will remain in the audience’s minds for a long time.” Spiral Earth

“Quite simply the most refreshing, impressive and compelling combo I’ve seen for ages”John Kirkpatrick

“A real example of virtuosity being put to the service of the music.” Living Tradition

“The telepathic and sympathetic interplay of Kerr and Fagan never fails to amaze.” Pay the Reckoning

“Kerr and Fagan have that magic quality of stage presence… they are consummate professionals and a joy to deal with.”
Warren Robinson, director, Goderich Celtic Festival, Ontario

Josh and Mitch

Josh n mitch

Mitch and Josh started playing together in 2018 and have performed at previous Oxford Folk Weekends and at the Sandwich Folk Festival in East Kent where Josh grew up. They perform mostly traditional English music but include more recent traditional-style compositions in their set, including tunes written by Mitch himself. They are excited to be releasing their first EP later this year as well as returning to Sandwich to perform at their 10th anniversary festival in the summer. 

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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?!

Support Folk Weekend as you Shop!

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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.