Ticketed Events 

Below you will find links and information for all ticketed events. Please click through to each event to purchase tickets.

Under our new fringe model you will be purchasing tickets from individual partners and promoters, rather than from Folk Arts Oxford. Please consider supporting our partners by signing up to their mailing lists to hear about other exciting events happening throughout the year. Please note we are not able to offer a season ticket in 2020.

 

Festival Choir!

A photo of singers at the Ashmolean MuseumFor the first time this year we are delighted to offer an official festival choir, directed by acclaimed singer and musical director Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar's Feast, Faustus). The choir will meet for five rehearsals in advance of their performance at the festival opening ceremony on Saturday 18th April. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings, except for the final rehearsal which will be directly before the performance.

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Friday 17th April

 

The Portal - North Wall Arts Centre 8pm

Martin Green (of Lau fame) leads us through a mind-altering, bespoke audience experience that covers 4000 years of dance traditions, and asks if trance state is actually part of the culture of these islands – have we forgotten it? Or denied it? Pass through The Portal and you will become part of this beautiful and exhilarating world of music, movement and ritual.

There ain’t no party like an experimental morris dance theatrical rave party.

Additional performances elsewhere in the festival.

Access note: strobe lighting, interaction expected

Click here to buy tickets for The Portal

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Martin Carthy - Old Fire Station 8pm

For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.

Click here to buy tickets for Martin Carthy

Martin Carthy: Click here to buy tickets

Gadarene - The Castle Pub 8pm

This 5 piece band transforms obscure 17th and 18th century traditional English tunes into live 21st century dance remixes. Featuring Lancashire clog and Dartmoor step-dance, they blend old tunes with funky beats and loads of energy, drawing on styles from pop and rock to electronic and dub via baroque and regency, they create an intricate and exciting performance. Playing mandolin, fiddle, flute, drums and double bass, Gadarene's many diverse musical influences combine into a unique sound. Delivered with great rhythm, innovative instrumentation and good humour, Gadarene’s infectious sound is sophisticated enough for seated audiences and wild enough to get everyone dancing.
 
“a hugely bold sound… It’s a sound that refocuses the genre, a new relevance that’s beyond tradition.” (Dave Henderson, MOJO)
 

Access note: Venue is not wheelchair accessible

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Click here for Gadarene tickets

  

Saturday 18th April

 

Short Drag Roger shanty workshop - The Old Fire Station 10am

Short Drag Roger are a bunch of shipmates who like to sing. We’ll teach you a range of lusty songs about life on board sailing ships, love ballads and of course lots of songs about drinking! Our workshop strives to provide you with a better understanding of what shanty men (and crew) did aboard ships of a bygone age. We sing traditional sea shanties in strict work rhythm, to keep the true character of work songs. However, the rich and exotic chorus harmonies are all our own! Join us!

Repeated at 2pm.

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Click here for Short Drag Roger

Jackie Oates - The Story Museum 11am

Winner of BBC Folk Awards for best newcomer and best traditional track, Jackie Oates is a name synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk music, beguiling audiences with a delicate balance of tradition and reinvention.

Her mellifluous voice and imaginatively plaintive fiddle style has won her several BBC Folk Awards during a 10-year recording career that began as a member of the emerging Unthanks and has continued with five acclaimed solo albums. Join Jackie at The Story Museum for fantastic folk songs and lovely lullabies for all the family.

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Balfolk - St Barnabas Church 11am

Learn how to dance the most common European dances so you can join in any bal or clandestine mazurka* you come across! We'll go through some of more common French dances and then practice dancing them more gracefully and effortlessly. Whether you know the dances already or have never tried them before, there'll be something for you in this workshop. We’ll start by teaching beginners what’s traditional in the French folk dances – partner and circle – and then more experienced dancers can learn variations that you see in the modern balfolk style. We’ll take inspiration from other partner dances and movement such as tango and swing, so you can make your balfolk as soft and soulful, or lively and funky as you feel!

*clandestine mazurkas are spontaneous gatherings of musicians and dancers. Look out on the Balfolk Oxford Facebook group for details of clandestine mazurkas after the programmed events on Friday and Sunday evenings at Folk Weekend Oxford.

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Lucy Kitt - St Aldates Tavern 11.30am

Lucy Kitt has been songwriting and performing under the radar for many years. Like discovering a 'hidden gem', her solo performances have captured the hearts of fans far and wide, and her talent cannot fail to go unnoticed by all who hear her music. Lucy's unique sound has been described as warm, earthy, and mellow, as well as being greatly influenced by the sound of LA's Laurel Canyon in the 1970's.

Access note: Venue is not wheelchair accessible

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Lucy Kitt

Gilmore & Roberts - St Aldates Tavern 1pm

Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008. Since then, the duo have toured Canada and mainland Europe, played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work.

Access note: Venue is not wheelchair accessible

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Gilmore & Roberts

John Hegley Family Workshop - The Story Museum 2pm

Join the inimitable performance poet, John Hegley, for an interactive show with wordplay, sea song and tales of a hamster, a stick, a snail, a flying sofa and a number of cats and doctors. Expect much laughter and silliness!

John has produced ten books of verse and prose pieces, two CDs and one mug, but his largest source of income is from stages on his native island. An Edinburgh Festival regular, he is noted for his exploration of such diverse topics as dog hair, potatoes, handkerchiefs and the misery of human existence.

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John Hegley

Short Drag Roger shanty workshop - The Old Fire Station 2pm

Short Drag Roger are a bunch of shipmates who like to sing. We’ll teach you a range of lusty songs about life on board sailing ships, love ballads and of course lots of songs about drinking! Our workshop strives to provide you with a better understanding of what shanty men (and crew) did aboard ships of a bygone age. We sing traditional sea shanties in strict work rhythm, to keep the true character of work songs. However, the rich and exotic chorus harmonies are all our own! Join us!

Also on at 10am.

Click here to buy tickets for Short Drag Roger

Click here for Short Drag Roger

Afternoon ceilidh with Naomi Holland and Martha Wiltshire - St Barnabas Church 2.30pm

Naomi’s sparkling fiddle playing is a joy to dance to. Martha calls really fun dances, as well as playing piano. The two met at Oxford University Ceilidh Band and have gone on to become regular members of the ever-changing Family Ceilidh Oxford band, where Martha is also the resident caller. They will be joined by one or two other friends for a laid-back, fun afternoon of dancing in the stunningly beautiful surrounding of St Barnabas Church.

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Family ceilidh: click here for tickets

Rosie Hood & Lucy Huzzard - St Aldates Tavern 3pm

Rosie Hood is a young folk singer from Wiltshire, known for her strong, pure voice and engaging solo performance. A BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 and a 2016 Horizon Award nominee at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, Rosie has become more than purely a traditional singer. Rosie has a keen interest in the history of traditional songs, particularly those of her native Wiltshire, where she has spent time researching in the local archives and developing a broad repertoire of local songs. Rosie’s Fellowship year with the English Folk Dance & Song Society proved a pivotal point in her career giving her time and space to develop as an artist. Rosie is join by Lucy Huzzard on melodeon and they will be making their FW debut as a duo.

Access note: Venue is not wheelchair accessible

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Rosie Hood and Lucy Huzzard

The Portal - North Wall Arts Centre 4pm (also at 10pm)

Martin Green (of Lau fame) leads us through a mind-altering, bespoke audience experience that covers 4000 years of dance traditions, and asks if trance state is actually part of the culture of these islands – have we forgotten it? Or denied it? Pass through The Portal and you will become part of this beautiful and exhilarating world of music, movement and ritual.

There ain’t no party like an experimental morris dance theatrical rave party.

Please note the 4pm performance has an inclusion focus; tickets are pay what you feel, and there will be no alcohol served. 

Additional performances elsewhere in the festival.

Access note: strobe lighting, interaction expected

Click here to buy tickets for The Portal

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Charlie Dore - St Aldates Tavern 5pm

A rare solo show as Charlie Dore shares personal favourites, rarities, curios and unique takes on songs she has written for platinum-selling artists, some never before performed live. There’s also a rumoured sneak preview of a couple of songs from her new album, due June 2020. The evening promises a multi-layered show as Charlie swaps between guitar, piano, ukulele and harmonium, her background in folk & roots very much in evidence, as are her years of experience as an actor and improviser. The stories between the songs are often dark and funny, the rapport with her audience always instant and relaxed. This multi-award-winner is one of only a handful of contemporary writers to have had success across so many different genres. Tina Turner, George Harrison and Celine Dion have all covered Charlie’s songs. 

Access note: Venue is not wheelchair accessible

Click here to buy tickets for Charlie Dore

Charlie Dore

Megan Henwood and Jackie Oates - St Aldates Tavern 7pm

Multi award winning contemporary folk duo Jackie Oates and Megan Henwood meld together their love of storytelling, songwriting and melody with their voices and acoustic instruments, resulting in a fresh sound that combines both reworked traditional folk song with original and contemporary material. Their individual musical backgrounds are quite different yet their voices blend effortlessly, sensitively backed by viola, guitar, and sometimes piano. 

The pair met at Nettlebed Folk Club in Oxfordshire, already admiring one another's work, they began playing music together shortly after and Jackie contributed heavily on Megan's album 'Head Heart Hand'. Since then they have been working together on new material and experimenting with arranging traditional and contemporary songs to fit their musical vision.

Access note: Venue is not wheelchair accessible

Click here to buy tickets for Megan Henwood and Jackie Oates

Jackie Oates and Megan Henwood

Ceilidh with 3sticks and Andy Rouse - St Barnabas Church 7.15pm

3sticks are highly regarded favourites on the UK ceilidh and festival circuit, with their big, fresh, funky sound. Described by Fiddle On as ‘never less than stunning’, fiddle player Jenny Newman has her routes in the Donegal fiddle tradition and is renowned for her fluid and dexterous playing. Andy Glass plays guitar and bass pedals in his own inimitable fashion to bring an inventive and exciting take to the music, and percussionist Pete Hemsley (who has shared stages with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page among others) adds the finishing touches, with a groove that helps your feet end up in exactly the right places!

Andy Rouse is one of our favourite callers because his enthusiasm, expertise and energy for dancing shines through him. We’re really pleased to see him back at Folk Weekend!

Click here to buy tickets for 3sticks and Andy Rouse

3sticks

Urban Folk Quartet - Old Fire Station 8pm

The award-winning UFQ have ignited international audiences with their high-energy, genre-defying acoustic music since 2009. They embrace any and every influence they can find, from funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, Afrobeat to north Indian rhythms.

Click here to buy tickets for Urban Folk Quartet

Urban Folk Quartet: Click here for tickets

Reg Meuross and Findlay Napier - The Quaker Meeting House 8pm

Experience a journey into the heart, soul and songs of two of the finest singer-songwriters around. Reg Meuross and Findlay Napier met for the first time at the Celtic Connections' late night festival sessions in January 2020. Three months on they come together again for this very special double-billed evening of storytelling in song, presented by Oxford Music & Folk at Oxford Folk Weekend, with solo sets followed by a joint song and story swapping session. Expect to be moved as well as thoroughly entertained. The breadth and depth of Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross's material is unparalleled in contemporary folk; Findlay Napier is one of the most highly-regarded performers and creative forces on the Scottish music scene. 

Click here to buy tickets for Reg Meuross and Findlay Napier

 

The Portal - North Wall Arts Centre 10pm

Martin Green (of Lau fame) leads us through a mind-altering, bespoke audience experience that covers 4000 years of dance traditions, and asks if trance state is actually part of the culture of these islands – have we forgotten it? Or denied it? Pass through The Portal and you will become part of this beautiful and exhilarating world of music, movement and ritual.

There ain’t no party like an experimental morris dance theatrical rave party.

Additional performances elsewhere in the festival.

Access note: strobe lighting, interaction expected

Click here to buy tickets for The Portal

Image of The Portal: Click here for tickets

Sunday 19th April

 

Ursula Holden Gill presents "Little Man Jack" - The Story Museum 11.30am

Long before Harry Potter was even thought of, there was Jack.

In her show ‘Little Man Jack’ Ursula Holden Gill will transport one of England’s oldest and most well loved children’s story characters firmly into the 21st century, with seamlessly interwoven tale telling, music & heaps of interaction. Join Jack on his ongoing quest to please his poor mother and meet all the magical friends and creatures that help or hinder his journey.

Click here to buy tickets for Ursula Holden Gill’s “Little Man Jack”

 Little Man Jack - click here to book tickets

Said the Maiden - St Aldates Tavern 11.30am

Award winning folk trio Said the Maiden have been sending waves through the folk scene since 2013, playing all over the UK and Europe, alongside some of the biggest names in folk. After the departure of violin player, Hannah Elizabeth, the group re-launched in 2019 with award winning singer/songwriter Minnie Birch. Lauded by BBC Radio 1 and Joan Armatrading, Minnie brings her gentle intricate guitar style, warm vocals and unique song writing abilities to add a new dimension to the groups sound. Together, the trio weave together rich vocal harmonies, with a dusting of guitar, banjo and flute, to perform traditional songs from the UK and US, plus a few of their own self-penned folk style numbers.

Access note: Venue is not wheelchair accessible

Click here to buy tickets for Said the Maiden

Click here for tickets to Said the Maiden

Odette Michell - St Aldates Tavern 1.30pm

Odette Michell is a British folk singer-songwriter, guitarist and bouzouki player with a bold new take on the acoustic tradition and a voice capable of demonstrating the finer points of both folk and traditional song with genuine craftsmanship. Her vocal style has been described as "warm, intelligent and sitting comfortably amidst folk guitar in a timeless songwriting style" - and has been compared in similarity to the likes of Sandy Denny and Joni Mitchell. Things have been moving at something of a pace for Odette ever since she released her 2018 debut EP 'By Way of Night'. The release garnered high praise and gained Odette her first national and international radio plays on both mainstream BBC Radio and Folk Radio stations.

Access note: Venue is not wheelchair accessible

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Nick Cope - The Story Museum 2pm

Monkeys, bears, socks and mud – this man sings about everything children are really interested in!

Nick Cope’s family performances are legendary! Nick has a dedicated army of little and not-so–little fans from all over the world and The Story Museum is thrilled to feature Nick as part of Folk Weekend Oxford. If you haven’t heard Nick’s songs or seen his shows before, come and find out what you’re missing in one of his biggest shows yet!

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Nick Cope

Family Ceilidh Oxford - Cutteslowe Pavillion 2.30pm

Bring the family and come and join us for a knees up! Our dances attract all ages. The atmosphere is one of inclusion and enjoyment, no experience is necessary; join in or sit out whenever you like. Our lovely caller Martha will give you the moves and our fantastic live folk band provides the energy and drive.

Click here to buy tickets for Family Ceilidh Oxford

Family ceilidh: click here for tickets

Dan Webster - St Aldates Tavern 3pm

Dan Webster is described as ‘one of the U.K’s best kept musical secrets and one not to miss!’ and an ‘An insightful lyricist with a great voice’ Acoustic Magazine. According to Americana UK - ‘He is the missing link, the joining point, where folk fuses with country – as good as you’ll hear on any record out of Austin or Nashville - beautiful – he is Anglicana’. Dan is a road seasoned English singer-songwriter, his music is influenced by the sounds and storytelling traditions of American and British Folk music, which he uniquely blends into his own distinct fusion of Folk and Americana.

Access note: Venue is not wheelchair accessible

Click here to buy tickets for Dan Webster

 Dan Webster: click here for tickets

The Portal - North Wall Arts Centre 4pm

Martin Green (of Lau fame) leads us through a mind-altering, bespoke audience experience that covers 4000 years of dance traditions, and asks if trance state is actually part of the culture of these islands – have we forgotten it? Or denied it? Pass through The Portal and you will become part of this beautiful and exhilarating world of music, movement and ritual.

There ain’t no party like an experimental morris dance theatrical rave party.

Additional performances elsewhere in the festival.

Access note: strobe lighting, interaction expected

Click here to buy tickets for The Portal

Image of The Portal: Click here for tickets

Iona Lane - St Aldates Tavern 4.30pm

Iona is a young, upcoming folk singer and musician who is currently studying for a folk degree at Leeds College of Music. Performing a mix of traditional and original folk songs, Iona has been praised throughout the scene for her delicate yet powerful vocals, which have been captivating audiences up and down the country for several years.

Iona has released four EPs to date, and is set to release her debut album in 2020.

Access note: Venue is not wheelchair accessible

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Dan Walsh - St Aldates Tavern 6pm

BBC Folk Awards Best Musician nominee Dan Walsh combines ‘virtuoso playing and winning songwriting’ (MORNING STAR). Describing what Dan does is no easy task but at the heart of it is British, Irish and American folk music delivered with a healthy dose of funky grooves – all performed with his unique and dazzling take on clawhammer style banjo helping to challenge all preconceptions about the instrument. Add to all that poignant songs, astonishing musical departures and lively humour and the result is a truly memorable live show which has wowed audiences across the world from intimate seated rooms to huge dancing crowds in festival fields.

Access note: Venue is not wheelchair accessible

Click here to buy tickets for Dan Walsh

Dan Walsh

 

17TH-19TH APRIL 2020

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