Troubadours & Trobairitz (2012-2013)

Troubadours & Trobairitz (named after the travelling male and female performers of medieval France) was a monthly performance night that I ran for two years at the Isis River Farmhouse.

It was a time when the Oxford open mic scene was booming (largely thanks to the legendary Catweazle Club), and there was a thriving community of musicians, poets, comedians and general performance artists who knew and supported each other. And I was lucky enough to be able to book four new acts each night (two before the interval and two after) to play 25 minutes without a microphone.

Those of us who were there get deeply nostalgic about those times, and consider ourselves so lucky to have been a part of it. And, to be honest, the grainy low-res videos I took are almost certainly of little interest to anyone else.

But here they are all the same. Perhaps more for my benefit than anyone else’s.

In a perfect world, I think everyone would have the chance to be part of a community like this.

All the YouTube videos (in a playlist)…