Banbury Folk Festival 2012
Banbury Folk Festival 2012
Mill Arts Centre
Starts: Fri 12th to Sun 14th October 2012
Banbury’s friendly weekend festival of concerts, ceilidhs, dancing, music, singing and entertainment held on the 2nd week of October. The festival is held at various locations around Banbury and around the canalside. All the usual festival offerings abound; such as Morris Dancing, workshops, and folk theatre. You can also expect singing boat trips along the canal!
Artists booked to appear include Something Nasty in the Woodshed, Isla St Clair, Barbara Dickson with Nick Holland, Rory McLeod, and Monster Ceilidh Band.
Ticket prices (from): Weekend Season £54, or with Barbara Dickson & Nick Holland show £62. Camping £10 per person per night.
They are very proud, in this 'lucky' 13th year to be staging a special show on Saturday afternoon featuring multi-million pound selling recording artist Barbara Dickson with talented keyboard player, Nick Holland. Barbara is only appearing once in a 75 minute show, so make sure you book the supplementary tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Another exciting development is their special themed concert on Friday night in the Town Hall 'The Pipes are Calling!' featuring Festival Patron Isla St Clair and the Scots Guards Association Pipes & Drums under the direction of Pipe Major Steven Duffy, with Hector Gilchrist and the Caledonia Acushla Dance Company. (Principal: Amanda Lewis) They were lucky to have Steve Duffy play at Banbury Folk Club Burns' Supper in January with Hector Gilchrist. From this happy association an idea emerged ….. Keeping with the bagpipes theme and to top off the evening there will be a rip-roaring performance from Something Nasty in the Woodshed.
They have tried to cater for all tastes with a wide variety of artists taking part in the concerts - Some festival favourites, but also some you may not have seen and heard before. They have a policy of including local artists and performers who are new to the folk scene.
Another theme this year will be a series of concerts throughout the weekend showcasing local artists. Their annual concert promoting young performers will be headlined by a great band from Cornwall, Blue Horyzon and they are once again hoping to include two acts featuring students from the Newcastle Folk Degree course. This concert is now on Saturday evening, so more of you get a chance to see it.
Their main concert venues are The Mill Arts Centre and Banbury Town Hall. Banbury Trades & Labour Club will be used as their Ceilidh venue and for the Saturday afternoon Concert with Barbara Dickson & Nick Holland as well as for Acoustic Concerts, Meet the Artists sessions, Workshops, Open Stage and Storytelling. This is just up from Banbury Cross and is about ten minutes' walk from the Mill and Town Hall. The shuttle buses will be taking this into their route for people travelling into town from the campsites.
In addition there will be all their regular song & music sessions, Morris Dancing, Folk Club, Big Sing, Acoustic Café and Singing Boat Trips. The Craft & Trade Fair will be held in the Town Hall during the day on Saturday - A chance for some Christmas shopping!
Once again the Head Teacher and PTA at Hanwell Fields School will be cooking for their famous Singing Breakfast on Sunday morning and shuttle buses will run from the other two campsites so that you can go to this popular event.
They are sure you will agree the Festival still goes from strength to strength! They strive to bring you artists of the highest quality, whilst still maintaining the friendly, intimate atmosphere that Banbury Folk Festival is famous for. They have tried to keep their costs down and believe that they still offer a low-cost festival with a high quality line-up! To enable them to do it they are running several fund-raising events for the Festival throughout the year and they are indebted to Banbury Folk Club members and local artists for all their support.
They hope that, in addition to having a good time listening to or participating in the music, you will find some time to explore their town. If you wish to find more about the town's history, visit the Banbury Museum beside the Oxford canal, just a short walk from The Mill or join Brian Little, local Historian, for his Banbury walking tour on Sunday. Also go to Castle Quay Shopping Centre opposite or have a wander around the old streets, alleyways and Saturday market, which have still retained their charm complimenting the modern precinct. For enthusiasts, there are plenty of charity shops!
Full programme of events HERE.
Friday 12th October
Saturday 13th October
Sunday 14th October
The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park, and The Town Hall, situated by the Market Square, will be the main venues for concerts.
The Trades and Labour Club, near Banbury Cross, will be the venue for Ceilidhs, French Dance, Saturday afternoon concert and smaller events upstairs.
There will be a Craft and Trade Fair in the Town Hall during the day on Saturday. Town venues for song and music sessions and Morris dance displays will be detailed in the programme.
Directions: The Mill Arts Centre can be approached from the M40 (Junction 11) by following signs to Banbury, A422, then turning left at the second roundabout and follow the brown 'Arts Centre' signs. The Town Hall and other town venues are within easy walking distance of The Mill.
Parking is available at The Mill but Cherwell District Council parking charges apply. * Please note there is now a charge for evening parking. If car parks are full we advise visitors to park at the railway station (their own charges apply) or to leave vehicles at the campsites. The railway station is within easy walking distance from The Mill. The bus station and Oxford canal are adjacent to The Mill. If coming by boat, the most secure moorings are north of the lock adjacent to The Mill. British Waterways mooring fees apply.
Plenty at the events and around the town.