Gigs & Concerts

Up coming gigs and concerts from all over Oxfordshire.

Wild Willy Barret at the Old Fire Station

You won’t find another band like Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection. From a Parisian café via a Dublin Hooley to a New Orleans party with rip-roaring fiddle & banjo.

Imagine stumbling across a smoky back street bar, late night jam. Django Reinhardt & The Pogues. Robert Johnson accompanies Edith Piaf. Bob Marley’s jammin’ with Stéphane Grappelli. Tom Waits joins in. This is French Connection.

At the ensembles heart are the undisputed talents of multi-instrumentalist, Godfather of grunge folk, Wild Willy Barrett. The quartet perform on guitar, cello, harmonium, whistle, fiddle, banjo & uillean pipes with a large dose of dry wit.

Willy is best known for his partnership with John Otway: a highly respected musician whose styles include folk, blues, gypsy jazz, reggae, bluegrass & punk. He recorded Rasta Communication with Sly & Robbie, toured with U2, Police, Madness & many more. Recent main stage performances at Cropredy & Cambridge Folk Festival.

French Connection perform The Old Fire Station celebrating their new vinyl album release “A Mange Tout Far” in conjunction with National Record Store Day, Saturday 22nd April, 7pm.

Enjoy a wonderful evening of unique musical entertainment overlaid with a large dose of humour, very different from anything else you will experience in the UK at the moment.

Location Old Fire Station, Oxford OX1 2AQ

Emily Portman at The North Wall: 24th March

The North Wall Arts Centre
24th March 2017; 8pm

Nominated as Folk Singer of the Year 2015 at the BBC Radio 2 Awards, soloist Emily Portman will be touring with The Coracle Band, a stellar cast of musicians who featured on her third album, Coracle, now brought together in an ambitious live show.

Joining Emily’s celebrated and longstanding collaborators Lucy Farrell (viola, saw, voice) and Rachel Newton (harp and voice), The Coracle Band features virtuosic string player Sam Sweeney (Bellowhead, BBC Folk Musician of the Year 2015) guitarist M G Boulter (Lucky Strikes) and classical percussionist Toby Kearney (2006 BBC Young Musician of the Year).

Together The Coracle Band will realise the full breadth and beauty of Emily’s finest work to date. Percussion, vibes, pedal steel, electric harp and soaring strings combine with a veritable choir of voices.

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Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro - Sun 26 March

A night of acoustic roots and blues with this renowned duo.

Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation.

Live at Southern Ground, his eagerly anticipated new album, was recorded in Nashville in collaboration with Daniel Kimbro (Jerry Douglas, Larkin Poe) on upright bass.

A mixture of retrospective solo and duo arrangements recorded during an afternoon at the esteemed Southern Ground studio in Nashville, Live at Southern Ground features Martin on Weissenborn... a traditional Hawaiian acoustic guitar played across the lap, resonators and archtops, and of course Daniel Kimbro on upright bass.

Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro

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