Preparations are well under way for the 14th Banbury Folk Festival, which will see some great musicians descend on the town over the second weekend of October.
Between October 11 and 13, concerts will be taking place at the main venues of The Mill Arts Centre and Banbury Town Hall alongside an array of other events around town.
As well as listening to some great music, there will also be plenty of opportunities to participate through song and music sessions, folk clubs, workshops, blues café sessions, morris dancing and singing boat trips.
Organiser, Derek Droscher said: “We have a range of events to cater for all tastes, with a wide variety of artists taking part in the concerts – some festival favourites, but also some you may not have seen and heard before.”
Top of the bill is the international Celtic band Jamie Smith’s Mabon on Saturday.
Other performers include ColvinQuarmby, Meet on the Ledge, The Tindalls and The Linda Watkins Band.
This year saw the introduction of auditions to join the Banbury Folk Club programme, with the two winning bands – The James Herring Band and Two Coats Colder – performing at Banbury Town Hall on Friday, October 11.
The Vibrant and Vocal Concert will also feature the internationally-known shanty group Kimber’s Men, among others.
The Saturday night Ceilidh, featuring Simon Care’s All Stars, is being held upstairs at the General Foods Social Club.
Banbury Town Mayor and Mayoress, Nicholas and Lesley Turner, will be officially opening the festival at 6.45pm on the Friday in the Mill Foyer. Buy tickets, £54 for the weekend, from The Mill or at www.banburyfolkfestival.co.uk