Artists 2017

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Friday's headliner is Jim Moray, who will be supported by KARA, and box player Ollie King. There will be a Scandinavian bal with Coldharbour, Andy Parr and Ella Sprung with dances taught by Lucy Huzzard. If you like to ceilidh, the fantastic Melrose Ceilidh Band will get your toes tapping! There are sessions a-plenty, including late night Euro sessions in St Aldates Tavern.

Most festival venues open around 6pm - remember you can collect your wristband (if you have one) from any of the ticketed venues, so you can get straight on with the fun!

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Heading up the concerts on Saturday are the superb duo of Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, who are also going to be performing with The Melrose Quartet as part of their album launch tour. You can also see our patron Jackie Oates performing with Megan Henwood, banjo wizz Dan WalshJack Rutter, Jess and Richard Arrowsmith and many more. There's a full day of dancing, kicked off by What's up Folk who are playing for our Family and Special Needs ceilidh, followed by Oxford University Ceilidh Band, and later The Discussion Topic, or our French Bal with Coldharbour and Dave Shepherd and Anna Pack. If you like workshops you might want to try DADGAD guitar, Spoons with Jo May, or you might like our new Lunchtime Lectures which start on Saturday with Giles Bergel talking all about Broadside ballads. There's plenty of free events too - local artists pack the Oxford Stage at Blackwell's bookshop, and the Pitt Rivers has a full programme including our first ever Family Tune Session. Under 18s are also welcome in the afternoon session at The Vaults and Garden Cafe, and for those who prefer the pub, we're in The Crown all day with a variety of different sessions.

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On Sunday we are really excited to have Leveret closing the festival, supported by the local band White Horse Whisperers. Patron John Spiers makes the most of not-being-on-tour by coming along to perform for us at lunchtime, and we're also delighted to welcome Ange Hardy who is doing a concert and a workshop. Our Sunday programme is fuller than ever before, with harpist Jennifer CrookDuotone, The Emily Askew Band, Dipper Malkin, as well as the hugely popular Big Sing, hosted by Mike GibsonWe've also got a Sunday ceilidh for the first time: Emily Askew and her band are going to warm us all up for her concert in the best way possible! There are more sessions in The Crown, and The Vaults Cafe, and workshops such as Build-a-Band, Discover the Fiddle, and our Lunchtime Lecture on "The complete and utter history of Morris" by Mike Heaney

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If you're not sure which ticket to buy, where to collect a wristband from, or whether you even need one, take a look at our Ticketing Information page on our website

Free Events

At Blackwells Bookshop we are delighted to welcome a host of local performers. These events are all free and well worth a watch - you may spot someone who will be gracing next year's main stage!

On Saturday from 10am we have: Mary Bateman, Bow by Bow, Tim Brooks, Hoverhawk, Morris Oxford, and a song session hosted by The Skeptics.

On Sunday from 11am we have Caroline and Richard Wilton, Under the Wychwood, Matt Chanarin, Shivelight, and Raymond Burke.

The Pitt Rivers Museum will once again be hosting an array of free family events, incluing Canal Stories with Phil Underwood, Spoons workshop with Jo May, and a family tune session with Kate Rouse (Saturday) and Discover the fiddle with John Dipper, Discover the Harp with Jennifer Crook, and dance workshop with Fire Clog (Sunday). On both days there will be a Tiny Tots Singing session with Lizzy Gibson, and a craft session led by Pitt Rivers staff.


Many of the pubs in the city centre are happy to have musicians turn up and play over the weekend; in addition we have organised sessions as below.


The Crown: Open session with Threepenny Bit & friends (6pm), Irish session with Naomi Holland (8pm)
St Aldates Tavern: Open session (8pm), late night Euro session (11pm)
Royal Blenheim: Late night session (10pm)


The Crown: Scandinavian session with Ed Pritchard (12pm), Open session (4pm), Early English session with Tim Howes and Helen Rose (5pm), Irish session with Naomi Holland (8pm)
Blackwells: Song session with the Skeptics (3.30pm)
Pitt Rivers Annexe: Family tune session with Kate Rouse (2pm)
Vaults and Garden Cafe: Open session with Mick Philips (3pm) - families welcome
Royal Blenheim: Late night session (10pm)
St Aldates Tavern: Late night Euro session (11pm)


The Crown: French session with Ed Pritchard (12pm), Open session (4pm), Galician session with Mano Panforreteriro (5pm), Irish session with Naomi Holland (8pm)
St Aldates Tavern: Survivors session with Mick Philips and friends (5.30pm til late!)
Vaults and Garden Cafe: Singing session with Mike Gibson (2pm) - families welcome
Royal Blenheim: Evening sessions, musicians welcome

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