Folk Arts Oxford aims to promote folk and traditional dance, music and song in the Oxfordshire region. In particular we are interested in improving access for those who might face barriers to participation in the arts.

Through our funded project work: children in Headington have learned about local lad William Kimber, and the musical legacy he has left; a new band called Iris has been formed, who accompany all their songs with Makaton signing; children from mainstream and special schools in Oxfordshire have the chance to create music together, and perform on the main stage at Folk Weekend: Oxford.

Alongside our own projects and events, FAO works collaboratively with other local organisations, forging links and creating opportunities for folk artists to work in education and community projects, as well as showcase their talent in local events. 

picture of musicians rehearsingPhew - just finished our first set of rehearsals for the Makaton project. It was hard work but we're very pleased with what we've come up with so far, and have completed arrangements for six of the twelve songs. We've got a lot of work to do before the gig at Folk Weekend next April but if we can pull it all together we're pretty confident it will be quite special.

One of the things we *didn't* manage to do was come up with a band name - any ideas?!