Music lined up for Banbury event

A favourite at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention will be the finale act at Banbury’s Folk and Hobby Horse Festival.

Singer songwriter Gerry Colvin appears at the event on Sunday October 9 as organisers announce the complete line u.

Derek and Mary Droscher, festival organisers said: “We are delighted to be having Gerry and band at Banbury this year - We are lucky to have something so exciting to finish off the festival. Gerry will send our audience home with tears of laughter and emotion. “

Headlining the event on Saturday 8 th is Clive Gregson, who will be performing with singer songwriter Liz Simcock . They will be doing material made famous when Clive performed with Christine Collister in the 1980’s. Gregson and Collister’s smusical partnership proved popular and productive, producing five albums and earning them the attribution. Clive now lives in the USA and mainly tours solo in the UK, so this will be the only chance to see this performance this year.

On Friday, there will be a jazz themed concert entitled Jazz and All That Folk!.

The concert will feature Steamchicken, an eight piece ensemble spanning the folk, jazz, soul and funk genres with buffoonery, big hearted riffs and unstoppable energy, featuring the soulful vocals of Amy Kakoura. Local band Hot Club 42 will be support them, creating an atmosphere of spellbinding sophistication in the style of the 1940s, where the cool swing of jazz was fused with smoky blues ballads in the cabaret bars and theatres of Paris.

Banbury born Chris Tobin performing ‘Songs from the Piano Stool’ completes the line-up.

Saturday sees the return of Festival Patron Isla St Clair, who is one of the top exponents of Scottish traditional music, plus there will be performances from folk-rock duo Fleetwood Cave and the brilliant singer song-writing team of Winter Wilson, who will be also be putting on a special show Footprints about life in a small market town at the turn of the last century.

Weekend and Day Tickets afor the event, centred around Banbury Town Hall can be booked at www.banburyfolkfestival.co.uk or fliers with booking forms are available at Banbury Tourist Information.