Folk Weekend Oxford

It’s okay, it’s really simple…

It’s all just been a horrible, horrible mistake…

I’d been trying to back out of doing things (gigs, MC-ing, etc.) for Folk Weekend Oxford… really so I could actually go and see it! I always just walk around worrying about whether I can remember all the words, and haven’t really relaxed and enjoyed it as a festival yet.

Anyway, I was very surprised and immensely flattered to be asked to take over the Artistic Director role from Jenny of Seahorse Promotions (who has moved out of the county). And a bit worried, frankly, as chatting with Jenny and the organiser Cat made me realise how much is going on that I just hadn’t been aware of. I feel I have a steep learning curve ahead of me. Continue reading

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After what feels like years (and is actually years, specifically two of them) I’ve finally organised the James Bell Central newsletter.

This is basically a monthly roundup of all the new music and events and articles.

Could I tempt you to sign the mailing list?  Ah go on, you will you will you will you will…


A few Half Moon All Stars rehearsals ago, Calum mentioned that he had friend who had approached him with an intriguing prospect.  This being Calum, none of us were surprised, but this time it was legal and extended to the whole band.  This friend, Brian, was putting on an event in the Natural History Museum (the Oxford one, in the picture above, with the picture of the poor woman who kept trying to walk out of the panoramic shot, but eventually the camera caught up with her).  The event was going to involve scientists reading stories about their work over folk music.  Brian wondered whether the Half Moon All Stars might like to play that folk music.

But all the band heard was “Yada yada yada yada gig under dinosaur skeletons yada yada yada yada…”

And we said yes.  It will be on 10 October, in just over a week.  Tickets are available here, since you ask: Continue reading