Ashmolean Mueseum (atrium)
Sunday 24th April
11.30am Josh Newman & Mitch Keely
2.30pm Reunion Lane
3.30pm Three Pressed Men
Montmorency (named after the loveable dog from the timeless English novel, Three Men in a Boat) are a Cotswold-based four-piece Folk Rock Band. With Andy Roughton on vocals and rhythm guitar, Stuart Homer on lead guitar, Steve Kendall on double bass, and Teresa Hembrey-Hatton on percussion, Montmorency play upbeat music from the UK.
Josh Newman & Mitch Keely
Mitch Keely and Josh Newman are an English duo based in Oxfordshire. Inspired by their local folk music of Wheatley and East Kent, they have a fresh and expressive take on the traditional music of England. They are delighted to return to Oxford Folk Weekend having played their first set together here in 2018 and supported Nancy Kerr and James Fagan at the Folk Weekend day in Faringdon in October 2021.
Brimstone, a four-piece Celtic folk band comprising fiddle, whistle, guitar and bodhran bring their trad, contemporary and original airs, fiery jigs and reels to Oxford. Brimstone played at the last Oxford Folk Weekend and at Bromyard Folk Festival in 2019.
Man Choir offers something substantially different for those who love singing that’s harmonic, heartfelt and of real quality. Created from a diverse group of Oxfordshire men in 2013, Man Choir sings a wide range of classic pop, folk and even polyphonic Georgian material, unaccompanied but with a vulnerability and openness that shares their enjoyment of singing with the audience. At its core, Man Choir is a celebration of what ordinary guys in the community can achieve when they do something they love together. The material and the men who sing it will entertain you, make you smile, challenge you musically and move you in surprising ways.
Alison and David Fenner with Simon Diegan. Alison was a founder member of Bread & Roses and David is an award-winning songwriter. Simon is a singer, musician, caller and plays in Oxfordshire-based band Celtic Heartbeat. Their performances range from rich three-part unaccompanied harmony to inventive and well-crafted accompaniment. Simon plays melodeon, bass and ukulele, David guitar and mandola and Alison duet concertina. Their music is varied and engaging, including traditional, modern and self-penned songs, as well as a dash of humour and audience involvement.
Three Pressed Men
Three Pressed Men (Mark Fry, Dick Wolff and Ian Wheeler) are among Oxfordshire’s most versatile folk musicians, offering a broad spectrum of music and song that they describe as “mainly English; mainly traditional”. Vocal harmony, often unaccompanied, mixes with lively and mellifluous melodies, chorus songs and a wide selection of instruments. They offer the unusual sound of three concertinas played together and own at least seven between them. Variety of styles is a noted feature of their performance. Material, although mainly taken from traditional sources, includes their own compositions and arrangements