Open mic team stage first anniversary bash

Freddy le Cragg at Road Test Open Mic in Banbury.
Freddy le Cragg at Road Test Open Mic in Banbury.

A first anniversary celebration was held by the Road Test Open Mic night in Banbury.

The open mic spots have been held at Naomi’s Cafe Bar, in Bridge Street, since it opened last September, and in that time have become a thriving event with many diverse acts and regular performances by local musicians such as Robert Lanyon, Erin Tiger Lilley, Katy Jackson, Charlie Leavy, Paul Gibson, Caroline the Saw Lady and the night’s host Freddy Le Cragg.

Hosts Kitty and Freddy Le Cragg said: “Our ethos is to come and try - we have people try out new songs with us, and a lot of our regular audience have started to get up and perform too, often not having performed for many years.

“The cafe is a welcome and friendly environment and we draw a very supportive crowd. The night has been growing in popularity with slots being booked up so fast that we’ve had to give ourselves an earlier start of 7.30pm for our next night on October 16.

“The enthusiasm for our monthly event has bowled us over, as has the community that has grown up around it, and we can’t wait to see what the next year brings”