Folk supergroup adds new twists to the tales

Come and join the celebration when St Agnes Foundation conjure up some Christmas magic. NNL-140512-122713001
Come and join the celebration when St Agnes Foundation conjure up some Christmas magic. NNL-140512-122713001

Christmas week gets off to a memorable, magical, musical start next Wednesday, December 17, when the festive folk stars of St Agnes Fountain appear in Banbury.

St Agnes Fountain, featuring the sparkling talents of Adderbury’s Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), promises another excellent show at St Mary’s Church, Horsefair, along with Chris While, 
Julie Matthews and David Hughes.

On their 14th consecutive, seasonal tour, St Agnes has stopped off in Banbury every year to treat hundreds of fans to their creative cocktail of Christmassy tunes, carols, songs, poems and readings.

And to add even more cheer to this year’s proceedings, the band will present songs from new album, Christmas is Not Far Away.

“We hope people will like our new recording. We’ve had such fun choosing the tracks and making the songs and tunes our very own,” said Leslie.

“This is our 14th tour and our ninth album. The show next week promises the usual recipe of musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of everyone’s favourite Christmas tunes, both original and those they know so well – or thought they did!”

Christmas is Not Far Away includes the Aggies’ versions of Wexford Carol, A Virgin Most Pure, Mary Had a Baby and Drive the Cold Winter Away.

The album also includes the title track sung by Chris While, Let There be Love and Shadow of the Past sung by Julie Matthews, One Cold Winter’s Eve sung by Chris Leslie and a St Agnes’ version of Immortal Invisible performed by the inimitable David Hughes.

The band was formed by David Hughes, guitarist, poet, songwriter and broadcaster, in 2001 to record the eponymous CD St Agnes Fountain which is now a collectors’ item.

The combination of Hughes with fiddle king Chris Leslie and the BBC Folk Awards 2009 Best Duo, Chris While and Julie Matthews was an instant success and every festive season since then, they have confirmed their reputation for guaranteed musical invention.

For details of tickets and how to get them, go to: www.livearts-at-stmarys.co.uk