Saturday, 11 March 2017

Oxford makes a Weekend of it

Oxford’s favourite community based, volunteer-run festival is gearing up for its sixth year in big style!
Kerr and Fagan headline the festival

Folk Weekend: Oxford (21st-23rd April 2017) has grown steadily every year since its inception in 2012, with increasing support and collaborations from local and national folk artists and performing groups. 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 are back as 2017 headliners. Their outstanding musicianship, acclaimed original compositions and a visceral chemistry between the two make Kerr and Fagan a perennial favourite at festivals and folk clubs across the country.

Folk Weekend also boasts 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 & Sid Goldsmith, Leveret, 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 PopeIrwing-Brown-ActyShivelightWhite Horse WhisperersThe Skeptics and land-locked shanty crew (and self-proclaimed darlings of the Oxfordshire Women's Institute) Short Drag Roger.

Dancing in the aisles at last year's event


Folk Weekend director Cat Kelly is delighted with the line up of the 2017 festival: “I'm exceptionally proud of the fantastic programme we have pulled together this year. Our headline artists are award-winning performers, and they will be ably supported by a host of superb acts, including (as always) a large number of fantastic local artists.”

Alongside this varied concert line-up, the festival promises ceilidhs, workshops, European-style dancing, Morris dance displays, and many free family events.


Cat Kelly added: "Folk Weekend is proud to be 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."

  • Tickets are available now via the website, including Weekend season tickets at £67 (£62 concessions), day season tickets starting at £30, and tickets for individual events. 
  • Visit the website for further information www.folkweekendoxford.co.uk 

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