On Sunday 28th October we are throwing ourselves into Oxjam Music Festival and turning the Sunday Fete into a big and bountiful Oxjam party, featuring all the usual ingredients except this time, every penny goes to Oxfam.
Oxjam is Oxfam’s month-long music festival. It runs all through October with hundreds of events around the UK, all organised by volunteers who know and love their local music scene, all raising money to save lives around the world. Local music, global impact.
The Boogaloo from 3pm on Sunday 28th, £5 entry.
We made a bit of a preview video last week at Oxfam DIY in Camden…just to give you a taster of what’s to come. We have a million people to thank and had enormous fun making this video. Love you all guys!
Please ignore the two idiots talking at the start…
Skiffle and the Piffles
Old time tunes, banjos and a good time to be had by all! Inspired by the rockabilly, folk and bluegrass of the 50s and 60s, 8 piece Skiffle and the Piffles formed in 2010 as part of the Nu-Wave Skiffle movement (current membership = one). Taking inspiration from the greats like the Carter Family and Wanda Jackson, they stir up a mix of girl group harmonies, stomping rhythms and finger pickin’ riffs in their own unique style that is sure to have you singing along and dancing on tables. Dusting off the washboard, accordion and box drum, expect a contemporary take on some old classics and many brand new tracks from their recent “Bones in the Ground” EP and beyond.
Lazy Heart Parade
Lazy Heart Parade are a 6 piece alt. folk band started by guitarist and singer Colin Smith as a soapbox on which to tell his confessional stories about a life spent as a geographical and emotional drifter. Their debut EP, ‘Every Mistake You’ve Ever Made’ is available on Spotfy + Bandcamp http://lazyheartparade.bandcamp.com/
Tiny Birds splice indie-folk sounds with classic pop songwriting throughout debut album, Hymns for the Careless. Its eight tracks are short, sweet and relentlessly endearing, suggestive of good indie stock like Hefner, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, The Wave Pictures and Port O’Brien. Follow up singles “The Photographs That You Took”, “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger” and “Jeff Goldblum” raise the bar even higher. Previously dubbed ‘sad songs with happy music’, Tiny Birds never so much as set foot in a minor key, but their smatterings of ukulele and thick daubs of techicolour banjo nestle alongside lyrics of nostalgia and regret. If you like simple pop melodies and complex folk arrangements then you’ll love this. The cold-hearted need not apply.
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Those who have been following the folk revival movement will already know about Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. Both classically trained, Josienne’s voice and style has been compared to June Tabor, and Ben’s vintage guitar and mandolin lends the perfect musical tact. Leading lights of the emerging folk scene, reviewers for the NME were already talking about their ‘exceptional talent’ before they won the 2012 Isambard Folk Award and the wider world started to take notice. For Folk’s Sake said: Josienne’s songs are traditional and sound like they could be from the sixties or seventies, or long, long before – which really means they are classic and absolutely means you should listen to them. The latest EP, Homemade Heartache, was released in July 2012.
Inti plays hypnotic, haunting and beautifully crafted songs, often about birds. Joined sporadically by a cello heavy, singing string section and a flugelhorn, Inti’s music will send you into a very welcome reverie with his subtle, skilful guitar playing and purer than pure vocals. His latest EP, Eyes of a Starling, was recorded in a barn in Wales (and all the better for it) – it’s available here: http://intirowland.bandcamp.com/