Up coming gigs and concerts from all over Oxfordshire.
Rising Voices Community Choir is a community choir in the truest sense of the word.The choir was founded from scratch by Folk Weekend director Cat Kelly, and over the years Rising Voices has gone from strength to strength, flourishing in to a strong group of singers with a real sense of community and cohesion.
"The enjoyment of all those involved is clear and radiates out to make the audience smile too." - Bright Young Folk review of Oxford Folk Festival 2010.
Jackie Oates 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.
We're very proud to have Jackie as patron of Folk Weekend and very grateful that she has taken the time to play an active role in supporting the festival.
James Bell is a popular local singer-songwriter with a lively repertoire including songs about jealous lovers, devious doctors, lethal mermaids, and transvestite highwaywomen! He'll be singing something a bit more seasonal this evening but who knows where it could take us!
Local singers Sue Brown and Lorraine Irwing base their repertoire firmly in English traditional song, drawing from time to time on contemporary material and songs from other traditions. Unaccompanied vocal harmonies form the core of their performance, with occasional sensitive accompaniment on guitar, shruti box, Appalachian dulcimer and English concertina.
The LiveFriday ethos aims to showcase contemporary culture alongside historic masterpieces within the Ashmolean collection and beyond. The unique mix between old and new; historic and contemporary; traditional and cutting-edge has never been more apparent than in the Oxford Folk LiveFriday programme for Friday 22nd November. Organised in association with Folk Weekend: Oxford, this LiveFriday is inspired by Oxford’s rich folk heritage and will include workshops, morris dancing, ceilidh dancing, film, and live music performances throughout the museum spaces. With traditional carols performance by Rising Voices Community Choir and friends, this evening of festive infused folk will also form part of the city’s annual Christmas Light Night celebrations.
Folk music in all its guises will be performed throughout the museum. A stage dedicated to the Oxford Country Folk Songwriters Circle will give a platform for local performers of contemporary folk music; curated by Dava Waterhouse and Olly Wills, this stage will include sets by Swindlestock and The Epstein as well as Tamara Parsons-Baker, Ragdoll and The Black Feathers. Alongside this collective of local folk bands, soloist James Bell will be performing traditional songs as well as his own material taken from his recent, highly acclaimed album "Joy and Jealousy".
Visitors will also enjoy performances by jazz-folk duo Will Pound and Henry Webster, the Oxford Fiddle Group, and local singers Steph West and Jackie Oates. Steph is a local harpist, singer who plays in the British Paraorchestra; last Christmas she played for the opening of the Queen's Speech on television, and this year she will be taking visitors through a beautiful and intricate musical journey with her harp and voice. Double Folk Award winner, and Folk Weekend patron Jackie Oates will also be giving a stunning solo performance, accompanying herself on the fiddle. The exquisite playing of Boldwood marries traditional folk music to the Ashmolean’s collections, with a performance of music written on the back of a fan exhibited in the museum.
In addition to the rich examples of folk music, the evening will include live theatrical performances inspired by traditional Mummer plays and Oxford folklore devised by Oxford-based UnderConstruction Theatre Company. Mummers plays are short seasonal plays that were traditionally performed in public houses and were an early form of street theatre. These lighthearted episodes exploring folklore through mythical and imaginative tales and often tell of good overcoming evil.
Get out your dancing shoes, as the Ashmolean’s vaulted café will also come alive with a ceilidh hosted by the popular Red Ceilidh band, with Phil Bassindale calling the dances. Dance till you drop - they'll just keep playing!
If craft is more your thing then perhaps you might like to get involved with the evenings yarn bombing! Throughout the night there will be workshops and demonstrations of this guerrilla knitting sensation which will result in a temporary installation for the museum.
Singers among you will be delighted to join a workshop with co-curator Cat Kelly to learn some traditional carols, some of which originated in the local area. Visitors will later join local community choir Rising Voices to perform in the central Atrium as a grand finale to the evening.
Admission is free to the Ashmolean; some events may be ticketed.
For ticket information for Oxford Folk please visit the LiveFriday website. www.ashmolean.org/livefriday
Here's some advance warning for you - on Christmas Light Night (Friday 22nd November) the Ashmolean Museum will be hosting a special folk-themed LiveFriday event! Performers are still being booked so watch this space, but it's due to be a phenomenal night! http://www.ashmolean.org/livefriday/