Where: At venues around Oxford city centre
£: Weekend tickets cost £67 (£62 concessions) and day tickets from £30, tickets for individual events are also available. Some events are free
What is it?
Folk Weekend: Oxford will take place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April at venues around the city centre.
Known for the strong representation of Oxfordshire’s folk groups, young performers, and emerging acoustic talent, this community festival is a hidden gem in the annual festival calendar; with unique opportunities to see top quality performers in intimate and beautiful settings around Oxford city centre.
Nancy Kerr and James Fagan will be welcomed back to Folk Weekend as the 2017 headliners. Twice winners of Best Duo at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, their outstanding musicianship, acclaimed original compositions and visceral chemistry make Kerr and Fagan a favourite at festivals and folk clubs across the country.
Joining the headliners will be Leveret, a new collaboration featuring three of England’s finest folk musicians, the Melrose Quartet, Ange Hardy, and Jim Moray, who has been at the forefront of a new movement in English traditional music.
Folk Weekend will also see an all-star cast of supporting acts including patrons Jackie Oates (with Megan Henwood and Pete Thomas in their new acoustic roots and folk trio) and John Spiers, one of the leading squeezebox players of his generation. Other artists include Dan Walsh, Dipper Malkin, Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith, The Emily Askew Band and The Discussion Topic.
The cream of Oxfordshire’s folk and acoustic scene can be spotted throughout the festival with the likes of Coldharbour, Edward Pope, Irwing-Brown-Acty, Shivelight, White Horse Whisperers, The Skeptics, and land-locked shanty crew (and self-proclaimed darlings of the Oxfordshire Women’s Institute) Short Drag Roger.
Alongside this varied concert line-up, the festival promises ceilidhs, workshops, European-style dancing, Morris dance displays, and many free family events.
Folk Weekend is paving the way in accessible and inclusive music-making, and is building on the previous two years which have seen ‘relaxed’ and inclusive performances for people who may normally feel excluded from the folk arts. The ‘Special Saturday’ events include a Makaton signed performance of folk songs and a ceilidh for people with special needs.