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"...one of the county’s best weekends of music."
- Oxford Mail

 

Folk Weekend 2020 IS NOT CANCELLED!

Things are tough at the moment, and they are especially tough in the arts and cultural sector. Events are cancelling, venues are closing, and artists are facing months of little or no work. Faced with all this we really had no choice but to GO ON WITH THE FESTIVAL if at all possible - if anything we need arts and culture even more at the moment, and our artists definitely need us.

It's obviously going to look a bit different. Some events will have to be cancelled, but anything that can be taken online will be, and we are doing our best to put together an amazing weekend of music for you. There will be ticketed events, and there will be free events, and it will all be delivered to the comfort of your own home!

Please bear with us while we get everything in order - we're going to leave the original schedule up for now but will be announcing the new plan as soon as we can. If you've bought a ticket for an event that is cancelled then you will have received an email, and all ticket holders for live-streamed events will receive information in the next week or so about how it's going to work.

Join us?

If you want to get prepared for a weekend full of music, then there are a couple of things you can do:

1) Sign up to our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/folkweekendoxford - this is where the free events will be happening

2) Download Zoom from http://zoom.us - this is what you'll need to watch the ticketed events

3) If you want to join in the virtual sessions it might be worth investing in a good USB microphone for your computer - optional of course, but you'll get a better sound when you're playing

 

17TH-19TH APRIL 2020

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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. 

 

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!

An easy way of supporting Folk Weekend without costing you a penny! Once you have registered with Easyfundraising, every time you shop online a small donation will be made towards Folk Weekend by the participating retailers. If you ever needed an excuse to go shopping then here it is! Sign up with Easyfundraising now!

Morris at Folk Weekend

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. For more information, go to our Morris page.