Popular music festival returns to town centre

The hotly anticipated Banbury Folk Festival will present a whole wealth of musical talent when it returns to the town next weekend.

Folk music fans will be more than happy with this year’s mixture of contemporary and traditional acts, with a number of up-and-coming bands making their debut alongside the more familiar faces.

Among the slightly newer acts on the scene is folk rock group TRADarrr, who will perform as one of the festival’s headline acts.

The band took Fairport’s Cropredy Convention by storm earlier this year when they followed Fairport’s acoustic slot with a performance that earned the group mass applause from the enthusiastic crowd.

They offer a new take on traditional British folk music, presenting some classics and some gems that are often overlooked.

TRADarrr will play out the festival on Sunday, October 9 and have promised to bring along some surprise guests to join them on the night.

Speaking of TRADarrr’s appearance, festival organisers Mary and Derek Droscher said: “We are so excited to be having this band at Banbury this year!

“They have not had many festival appearances yet but are delighting audiences wherever they have played so far. We are lucky to have something so exciting and fresh to finish off the festival.”

Also headlining at this year’s event are singer/guitarist Bob Fox and energetic folk fusion band Roving Crows.

Fox will perform a concert slot in addition to a separate show titled ‘Songs from War Horse’, while Roving Crows are set to take the spotlight on the main concert on Saturday evening.

This year’s festival takes place from Friday, October 9 to Sunday October 11.

The events are centred around Banbury Town Hall, with music also being performed in venues such as The Banbury Cross Inn, The Reindeer, The White Horse, The Dog and Gun, Bodicote Cricket Pavilion and the Methodist Hall.

For tickets, go to: www.banburyfolkfestival.co.uk or pick up a flier with a booking form from Banbury Tourist Information.