Spring showcase for new musical talent

Castle House band
Castle House band

One of Banbury’s most exciting new arts venues is ushering in its spring season with a showcase for emerging Banbury musicians on Saturday.

Castle House partner and entertainment manager Jake Pell has put together a bill of some of the most talented young musicians on the Banbury circuit.

Headlining the showcase at the Cornhill venue will be young Banbury band Punch Drunk Monkey Club.

Also on the bill are Katy Jackson, Bradley Taylor, Eb Hill and Thomas Mulley.

Mr Pell explained: “Everyone on this bill is just starting to establish themselves on the local scene, this gig is about helping them to get a bit more of a following and supporting upcoming musicians who will be the future of our local scene.”

The gig starts at 8pm and is £1 on the door.

Castle House takes promoting music seriously and has hosted a wide range of bands in recent months, playing styles ranging from folk to jazz and indie.

It also runs open mic nights on the first and third Thursdays of each month to give musicians a chance to test their skills in front of a friendly live audience.

Mr Pell said: “We want to encourage new bands. At the open mic nights we will give them a chance to play and we can offer them support with their song choices and acts with a view to booking them Friday and Saturday night gigs.”

The pub is also developing a reputation as a thriving multi-arts venue and next weekend’s packed programme is no exception.

On Friday, April 4 there will be a special birthday bash for owner Suzette Neptune with covers band The Big Baloosh taking the stage followed by a DJ until 2am. The gig starts at 8pm and costs £3 entry.

Saturday, April 5 is Mexican night with The Mambo Panthers headlining the music followed by a DJ, all at a cost of £2 on the door.

There will also be a Mexican feast for those who book in advance at £10 ,which includes free entry to the gig. All day on the Saturday and Sunday local purveyors of original art pieces the Parched artists will be selling their original paintings and objects in their own inimicable way.