Below you will find links and information for all confirmed 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.

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.

Access note: strobe lighting, interaction expected

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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.

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Martin Carthy: Click here to buy tickets

  

Saturday 18th April

 

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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Jackie Oates

Lucy Kitt - Quaker Meeting House 11am

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.

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Lucy Kitt

Gilmore & Roberts - Holywell Music Rooms 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.

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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

Rosie Hood & Lucy Huzzard - Quaker Meeting House 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 both will be playing the FWO for the first time as a duo.

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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. 

Access note: strobe lighting, interaction expected

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Charlie Dore - Holywell Music Rooms 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. 

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Charlie Dore

Megan Henwood and Jackie Oates - Quaker Meeting House 7pm

Jackie and Megan sparked a friendship at their local Nettlebed Folk Club 4 years ago and soon discovered how effortlessly their vocals blended. Both have respective solo careers or collaborating with other musicians along the way. They now both reside in Oxfordshire and play locally in venues in the area. A very popular duo, they are welcoming returnees to the FWO having played there in the past and Jackie is one of the FWO patrons. This will be their first gig at the Quaker Meeting House together, the beautiful building behind St Giles with it's quiet and peaceful garden, wood panelled room and lovely acoustics.

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Jackie Oates and Megan Henwood

Ceilidh with 3sticks and Andy Rouse - St Barnabas Church time tbc

More info and tickets to follow

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.

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Urban Folk Quartet: Click here for tickets

Findlay Napier - Holywell Music Rooms 9pm

Findlay Napier is one of the most highly-regarded performers and creative forces on the Scottish music scene – thoroughly active and a truly energised with a heart-warming zing. He made his name touring and recording with multi-award winning traditional Scottish folk band Back of the Moon. In his more recent projects “Queen Anne’s Revenge” and “The Bar Room Mountaineers” his song-writing took centre stage and was described by The Sunday Herald as “Genuine songcraft and wit following in the Difford & Tilbrook tradition”. Findlay is also well known for hosting Glasgow’s premier open mic night at Bar Bloc, as the host of Celtic Connections’ Late Night Sessions and for his Hazy Recollections concert series which showcases the very best in new roots music.

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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.

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.

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 Little Man Jack - click here to book tickets

Odette Michell - Holywell Music Rooms 1pm

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.

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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.

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Family ceilidh: click here for tickets

Dan Webster - Holywell Music Rooms 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.

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.

Access note: strobe lighting, interaction expected

Click here to buy tickets for The Portal

Image of The Portal: Click here for tickets

Dan Walsh - Holywell Music Room 7pm

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.

Click here to buy tickets for Dan Walsh

Dan Walsh

Reg Meuross - Holywell Music Room 9pm

With fourteen solo albums to his name, the breadth and depth of Reg Meuross's material is unparalleled in contemporary folk: songs about forgotten heroes, famous names, folk legends, the climate emergency, tales from the kitchen sink and news from the world stage; if something needs to be sung about then Reg Meuross has a song for it.

After a summer of festival appearances and performances that have taken him from the New Forest to New York, this autumn and winter sees Reg concentrating on two important and exciting projects: The 12 Silk Handkerchiefs tour and new solo album RAW.

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Reg Meuross

Said the Maiden - time tbc

More info and tickets to follow

Iona Lane - time tbc

More info and tickets to follow

Iona Lane

 

 

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