Oxfolk

Oxfolk Ceilidh Sat 13th May - Out of Hand + Rhianwen Davies + Three Pressed Men

Out of Hand

Out of Hand – in a short time they have made a real name for themselves as a young and vibrant band. You may have already seen them at Chippenham Folk Festival, Sidmouth FolkWeek or Village Pump Festival. They are putting modern twists on traditional tunes and writing new music, too. Here’s the band playing the Economy set.

The line-up features: Penny Kempson on fiddle, Stuart Duncan on whistle and banjo, Will Sartin on mandolin and tenor guitar, David Dailly on guitar, Richard Portlock on bass guitar, Chris Campbell on drums and their caller Rhianwen Davies.

Three Pressed Men perform our half-time spot this month, with energetic English tunes, songs on hammer dulcimer, guitar, accordions, harmonica … and lots of concertinas!

There is a licensed bar serving real ales from the White Horse Brewery, real cider, wine and soft drinks.  Tickets on the door: £10 adults, £7 concessions (12-18, students, OAPs). See our website www.oxfolk.org.uk for details of family and group discounts.

Oxfolk Ceilidh Sat 14th Jan - Lebedek + Mark Chilvers

Dancing to Lebedek

Lebedek was a real hit when the band last played Oxfolk. The members of the band have Ukrainian, Macedonian, Polish, Jewish and English roots, plus experience in everything from musical theatre to playing for morris. They draw on this diverse heritage to create their unique blend of music. The line-up features Katrina Warcaba on piano accordion, Lydia Ristova Whittaker and Shelley van Loen on violins and Simon Loake on bouzouki and calling. ‘Lebedek’ is a Yiddish word meaning ‘lively and vivacious’… and we know you’ll love them.

Half-time entertainment comes this month from Mark Chilvers. He's a local singer and songwriter with a broad repertoire, a great ear for a tune and a commanding voice.

There is a licensed bar serving real ales from the White Horse Brewery, cider from Celtic Marches, wine and soft drinks.

Tickets on the door: £10 adults, £7 concessions (12-18, students, OAPs). See our website www.oxfolk.org.uk for details of family and group discounts.

Oxfolk Euroeilidh Sat 12th Nov Moirai + Jo Freya, Daisy Black + Mabel Gubbins

Moirai

We are delighted to welcome Moirai: featuring what The Living Tradition magazine calls the “three auspicious talents” of Jo Freya (Blowzabella, Token Women, Fraser Sisters), Sarah Matthews (Cupola, Cupola:Ward) and Melanie Biggs (Boxtet).

This trio of superb dance musicians play compelling, beautiful and irresistible music and will give you a night of dancing you will never forget.

This is a Euroceilidh, so expect some continental European dances as well some ceilidh classics. All the dances will be carefully explained and called by Jo and special guest caller Daisy Black. Daisy is a Sheffield based caller, co-founder of Playford in the Pub (what a brilliant idea!) and expert on many literary and medieval things.

Half-time entertainment comes from the glorious Mabel Gubbins, Oxfordshire’s premier rapper team. If you’ve never seen rapper sword dancing before, it’s far too complicated to explain here, so come and see for yourself.

There is a licensed bar serving real ales from the White Horse Brewery, cider, wine and soft drinks.

Tickets on the door: £10 adults, £7 concessions (12-18, students, OAPs). See our website www.oxfolk.org.uk for details of family and group discounts.

Oxfolk 2016-17

We think that this season's line-up is really exciting.  There's traditional English bands, there's jazzy, there's proper job folk rock, there's a Euroceilidh and there's Celtic influences as well.  Whilst there's a wide range of styles of ceilidh music, the quality is always top notch!  So, here are some dates for your diary:

Sat 8th October
Monty’s Maggot + caller Will Hall

Sat 12th November - Euroceilidh
Moirai + callers Jo Freya + Daisy Black

Sat 10th December – Christmas party
PolkaWorks + caller Aidan Hansell

Sat 14th January
Lebedek including caller Simon Loake

Sat 11th February
Jazz Ceilidh Project + caller Mae McAllister

Sat 11th March
The Ironmasters (formerly known as All Blacked Up) including caller Baz Parkes

Sat 13th May
Out of Hand + caller Rhianwen Davies

More details are available at www.oxfolk.org.uk

Oxfolk Ceilidhs Sat 8th Oct Monty's Maggot + Will Hall + Morris Oxford

Monty's Maggot

This is our first ceilidh after the summer break and we can't wait to get dancing! In Monty's Maggot you’ll find driving fiddle rhythms, bouncy sax lines, mellifluous melodeon melodies, and all underpinned by spot on guitar. The band is: Flos Headford (Old Swan Band) and Taz Tarry (English String Band) on fiddle, Keith Holloway (Random, New BandAnglo) on guitar and melodeon, Theresa Jones (National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain, Trinity Concert Band) and Heather White (Mouse and Trousers, Oxfolk’s Stewards Co-ordinator) on saxes and Jerry Tozer on melodeon and whose rather good idea it was to bring the whole band together.

Monty's Maggot has played ceilidhs at Sidmouth FolkWeek, Folk East, Haddenham Ceilidhs, and White Horse Ceilidhs and we really looking forward to having them calling with Will Hall, one of our favourite callers because of his uncanny ability to choose just the right dance for the occasion.
 
Oh, and why the name Monty’s Maggot? Because Jerry’s singing Jack Russell is called Monty and a maggot is an old term for a “fanciful whim”.
 
Fiddle and accordion duo Morris Oxford will be providing their own unique and sometimes slightly anarchic entertainment at half-time.

There is a licensed bar serving real ales from the White Horse Brewery, cider, wine and soft drinks.

Tickets on the door: £10 adults, £7 concessions (12-18, students, OAPs). See our website www.oxfolk.org.uk for details of family and group discounts.

Oxfolk

Oxfolk is a long-running ceilidh series that is currently based in Kennington Village Hall, just outside the Oxford ring road and a few minutes from the A34. Dances run from October to May on the second Saturday of the month, although the April dance is usually run in conjunction with Folk Weekend: Oxford, so doesn't follow the normal pattern.

www.oxfolk.org.uk

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