Gigs & Concerts

Up coming gigs and concerts from all over Oxfordshire.

Kabantu at Radley College - June 30th

Radley College is welcoming Kabantu on Thursday 30th June for a free concert.

Kabantu is a collective from Manchester, each born in a different country, who unravel new marriages of music in a globalised 21st century.

Kabantu means "of the people" - stemming from the South African philosophy of Ubuntu: "I am who I am because of who we all are". 

​Further information on the band can be fould here: https://www.kabantu.com/

Highlights include performing at the BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall), live sessions for BBC Free Thinking Festival, BBC Radio 3 In Tune, World on 3 and an array of renowned venues including King’s Place, Richmix, The Bridgewater Hall, TedX Manchester, The Sage Gateshead and Cadogan Hall.

They’re a fantastic group and it promises to be a great night on a large outdoor stage.

Tickets available here: kabantu - eventbrite.co.uk

Moonrakers at Waterperry Gardens

Waterperry Gardens 2022

Last year almost 300 people came to this event, enjoyed an extended interval and picnic (bar drinks available), and the wonderful warm sounds of Moonrakers engineered with help from RDProductions. Let's do it again! 

Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress - Reading - Thursday Sept 8th

8th September: South Street Arts, Reading - 8pm Ticket Price: £14 / £13 members
Ticket Link: https://whatsonreading.com/dispatches

Award-winning musician, songwriter and composer Rowan Rheingans takes her courageous solo show on its fourth and final national tour this September

“Utterly spellbinding... will leave you quietly breathless” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - The Scotsman

“Sublime... and packs a fierce political punch” ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - The Guardian

A recipient of the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists in 2021, Rowan Rheingans is a composer and theatre-maker widely regarded as one of the foremost innovators in UK folk music today.

Best known for her work with acclaimed bands Lady Maisery and The Rheingans Sisters, Rowan has won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (‘Best Original Track’ in 2016 & ‘Best Album’ in 2017) and is a six-times nominee. Her duo The Rheingans Sisters were nominated for ‘Best Group’ at the the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Dispatches on the Red Dress, Rowan’s debut theatre production, won a Scotsman 'Fringe First' Award at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as nominations in two other categories (The Filipa Braganca Award for Best Emerging Female Artist and the Carol Tambor ‘Best of Edinburgh’ Award). Following three national tours and a sell-out show at Sheffield’s famous Crucible Theatre, Rowan will tour Dispatches on the Red Dress one last time this September.

In the current time of deeply felt political tensions and nationalistic fervour gaining pace across Europe, Dispatches on the Red Dress is a highly resonant and much needed historic provocation for our current political and social climate. Slowly revealing what is at once a warm family story and a troubling elegy on the modern human condition, Rowan explores how hope for the future may be found in the very darkest pockets of our history. It is Rowan’s most courageous, most political and most personal work to date.

An intimate and adventurous exploration of memory, identity, joy, sorrow, trauma-recovery, war and waltzes, Dispatches on the Red Dress tells the true story of Rowan's German grandmother's youth in 1940's Germany. With genre-melding fluidity, Rowan weaves immersive storytelling around 10 new songs (Rowan won 'Best Original Track’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2016 for her song Mackerel) performed live with fiddle, banjo, guitar and subtly inventive use of pre-recorded sounds.

Directed, produced and performed by herself, Rowan describes what show means to her personally:

“Hidden in the folds of my own grandmother’s story, there is a profound darkness
alongside a deeply hopeful message about humanity’s capacity for transformation. It feels important, in our current social and political climate of half-truths and fake news, that sometimes feels akin to a dangerous forgetting or mis-remembering of history, to share my family’s story. It is about the peace-making potential of stories..."

Already celebrated by music critics as “an excellent songwriter with a fine grasp of the delicate balance of joy and pain that makes us human" (Folk Radio UK), Dispatches on the Red Dress takes Rowan’s songwriting and gift as a mesmerising performer to another level. This is adventurous and necessary new writing that asks fundamental and troubling questions with her characteristically ‘deep emotional charge’ (Louder Than War).

Developed in collaboration with dramaturg Liam Hurley (Karine Polwart’s Wind Resistance) the live show brings the intimacy of a concert to meet the ancient traditions of storytelling and textures of contemporary theatre in a troubling, tender and powerful performance.

Rowan’s debut solo album, The Lines We Draw Together, is a companion to the live show and was released in August 2019, garnering critical acclaim from the folk and world music press. Songlines gave it the much coveted ‘Top of the World’ award while Folk Radio UK hailed it as “the pinnacle of her musical journey to date”. It was Folk Album of the Month at The Guardian, who called it “a handsome album, muscular... strangely powerful”.

www.rowanrheingans.co.uk Twitter: @rowanrheingans
Insta: rowanrheingans_ Facebook: /rowanrheingansmusic

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