For me, the second week in April always starts of what I tend to think of as ‘Folk Month’. It always starts with the Bastard Session (in this case on the 14th), and then the week after that it’s Folk Weekend: Oxford, the local folk festival that I am an artist director for (handing the local… Continue reading Roll on Oxford Folk Month!
The Isis Farmhouse pub for sale
So, the Isis Farmhouse pub, just south of Oxford city centre, where we’ve been holding the Bastard English Session for years, where my boat-dwelling community would meet when in the depths of flooding, and where H and I got married just a few months ago, is on the market.
From The Vaults: ‘Cracking’ (Suzanne Vega cover)
Following on from last month’s Suzanne Vega post: my own version of the first song on her first album. I still maintain that It’s a one time thing. It just happens. A lot. … is one of the great opening lines of a recording career. If you like very low res video footage and motion-sickness-inducing shaky-cam (and… Continue reading From The Vaults: ‘Cracking’ (Suzanne Vega cover)
‘EP’ by Bug Prentice
EP by Bug Prentice Second recommendation of the month: another local favourite, Bug Prentice. Every time I see a Bug Prentice poster around town or on social media (they’re actually on the cover of next month’s local Nightshift magazine), I get a twinge of embarrassment, on account of having booked songwriter-in-chief Ally Craig to play a… Continue reading ‘EP’ by Bug Prentice
Small & Gold
I had the great pleasure to be MC-ing the main stage on Saturday night at this year’s Folk Weekend Oxford festival, and the first act were one of my favourite local acts: Small & Gold. Which meant I got to say the same spiel that I’m about to write here. If you were at that gig,… Continue reading Small & Gold