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Musicians play in library and museum

Folk was heard in funny places as musicians took their talents to unusual venues.

There was music amongst the library bookshelves at Westgate Central Library and beside the displays at Ashmolean Museum during the initiative, organised as part of Oxford’s new Folk Weekend.

The Folk Weekend took place in April for the second time this year, after being set up to replace the cancelled Oxford Folk Festival.

As well as the Folk in Funny Places events, there were concerts, ceilidhs, workshops and more throughout the weekend.

Festival director Cat Kelly said: “The events were really well attended and everyone has been saying what a lovely atmosphere there was.

“The gig in the library was brilliant and the Ashmolean Museum was brilliant and the family ceilidh was just delightful.

“This is the first year we’ve done it on this scale, so the festival has been a bit of an experiment.

“It’s a re-hashing of the Oxford Folk Festival that was cancelled last year.

“It’s been really successful and we’ve got the venues booked again for next year.”

The main festival hub for the weekend was the Old Fire Station, in George Street.  Other venues were the Wesley Memorial Church and church hall and Oxford Castle Gardens.

Events included Morris dancing displays, a family fun day and large and small concerts. Many of the family events were free to attend.

The Friday Fringe section of the festival gave local organisations and bands such as Oxford Folk Club and Foolish Folk a chance to show off their talent. Sessions on offer include capoeira, street dance, zumba, rowing, athletics, badminton and netball.

 

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