Passionate music love and promotor Geoff Smith is keeping Holywell's music tradition alive and singing in the heart of Oxford with a regular new concert series which is already off to a flying start: Holywell Music & Folk.
Holywell Music Room first opened its beautiful auditorium to the ears of the discerning music lover in 1748, and the room has hosted the best around for over 269 years now, from Handel to the Oxford Philharmonic. Now, thanks to lifelong music fan Geoff Smith, the driving force behind the exciting new live music venture Holywell Music & Folk, some of the best artists from the folk and singer-songwriter scene are now playing in this historic venue in the heart of Oxford.
Geoff has attracted some exciting support from Patron artists of this new venture, all of whom will be performing at the venue in 2018: "I am thrilled to be joining the 2018 line up at Holywell Music and Folk myself and will bring real-life stories of inspirational and relatable people from the past including songs from my latest project No Petticoats Here" says Louise Jordan. Acclaimed Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross is looking forward to performing in July, "This is a fantastic initiative by Holywell Music & Folk and I'm proud to support it in every way I can." Brilliant Folk Award nominees Ninebarrow are also excited: "The Holywell Music Room is stunning! There is an intangible, magical quality to the space. So, when you take a city as vibrant as Oxford, a concert programme of world class folk and roots music, and a venue the calibre of the Holywell Music Room, you really have got a recipe for something rather special - and we can't wait for you to experience it!"
The programme in this unique U-shaped auditorium kicked off in January with a very special one off one-man show with Teddy Thompson, the son of Richard and Linda Thompson, described by the New York Times as "one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of his generation." Next came a sell out show from Oxford based Anglo-Cymraeg-Galego four-piece folk band Xogara followed by an extraordinary performance from Russian born singer-songwriter Daria Kulesh.
The 2018 series continues:
Sunday March 11th Kitty Macfarlane (support Mandy Woods)
Thursday April 5th Iona Fyfe Trio (support Owl Light Trio)
Saturday 12th May Kadia (support: Anne-Marie Sanderson)
Sunday 20th May Dan Walsh Trio (Support: White Horse Whispers)
Sunday 17 June Louise Jordan (Support: Elle Nelson)
Friday 13 July Reg Meuross (Support: Edd Donovan and The Wandering Moles)
Sat 18th August Jess Vincent (Support Fearless Hearts)
September 2nd The Willows exclusive CD release launch - first date of tour *tickets available soon
Saturday 20th October Ninebarrow (Support Ben Cipolla)
Saturday 10th November Sera Louise Owen (Support: Genevieve Miles)
Saturday 8th December Emily Mae Winters (Support Three Pressed Men)
Saturday 14th December A Winter Tour Ben Savage & Hannah Sanders, Jade Rhiannon with Gilmore and Roberts *tickets available soon
Full details www.holywellmusicandfolk.co.uk &
Tickets also available from Truck Store 101 Cowley Rd. £12.50 includes £1 handling fee and cash only please
Holywood Music & Folk gigs will all be held at the Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Oxford, OX1 3SD.