Journey to the top for trio

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It’s a case of new year, new headliners as Banbury Folk Club kicks off its winter/spring season with a bang next Wednesday, January 7.

All set to step up to the top of the bill are an exciting young band, Acoustic Journey, who can best be labelled a country/Americana/acoustic rock trio – but with their roots firmly in Brackley.

The band consists of Andrew Jones on lead vocals, Ben Gurney on guitar and Andy Sammons, who provides the beat of the group’s music, on the cajon or, as their website puts it: “A rugby-playing singer, a rock guitarist and a heavy metal drummer”.

While this unlikely combination has clearly been influenced by a variety of musical styles, at its heart it is modern country music.

Their story started at an open mic night at The Greyhound pub in Brackley in 2009 when Ben went to watch Andrew take part – but then teamed up with him to plug a shortfall in the number of acts.

They went down a storm with their unplanned performance and went on to build up a following playing local venues and festivals.

After a few years they looked to give their sound more edge and up popped Andy Sammons to complete the trio.

Folk club organisers Derek and Mary Droscher said: “These three guys from Northamptonshire have delighted us with their enthusiastic performances each time they have appeared at the club, so we thought it was time to give them a night of their own.”

The club meets every Wednesday at 8pm at the Banbury Cross Inn, in Butchers Row.

Admission on the door, £6/£5 concessions. More details of what’s in store can be found on the club website,, or telephone 01295 709881.