Banbury Folk & Hobby Horse Festival
6th - 8th October 2017
The friendly festival right in the heart of Banbury
Welcome to our 18th Festival! This will be our last festival as we are 'retiring' from organising folk activities this year. We have planned a bumper year both at the Festival and at Banbury Folk Club so come and join the party!
Derek and Mary Droscher - Organisers
Weekend and Saturday All Day/Evening tickets are selling fast! We still have Friday and Sunday tickets available.
*Please note Festival tickets are for all events subject to capacity and not for specific concerts. If a venue is full you may be asked to look for an alternative event.
Meet Dougie and The Doonans on Saturday!
A long time friend of Banbury Folk Festival and Banbury Folk Club, Keith has become renowned on the Folk Circuit for his own unique brand of comedy and songwriting, also touring with Flossie Malavialle as ‘Dark Horses’. In no particular order, Keith has been described as “a superbly original Stand-Up,” “a great singer-songwriter,” “a fine guitarist,” “a kids entertainer par excellence,” “a stunning storyteller,” and “the cleanest comic I’ve ever seen.” Read more...
Anna is a superb singer-songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist whose songs are consistently original and inventive. She combines a captivating stage presence with an endearing naivety that reaches out to the whole audience. Anna has performed mainly on the folk scene playing all kinds of venues from small clubs to large festivals. Read more...
Granny’s Attic – Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) – are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians, fine singers and play a range of English, Irish and Scottish traditional music as well as their own compositions. Read more...
Paula is a compelling singer-songwriter, born and bred in Tipperary, Ireland, whose powerful, insightful songs are inspired by the lyricism and musical passion of her Irish Gaelic roots & driven by the funky rhythmic influences and “wacky” instruments of music from other cultures.
15 String Trio
Kevin O’Regan Band
Linda Watkins Band
Das Boaty McBoatface- 2016 Open Mic Winners!
Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner
Pat Smith & Ned Clamp
The Worcester Ukulele Club - leading the Hobby Horse Procession
Under the Wychwood
Kitty Vernon & Derek Burgess
Malc Gurnham & Gill Gilsenan
Dave & Ann Reader
The 2 Anchors
Toots & Fraser
Jules the Banburyshire Storyteller
Sharp as Razors
25 Years Late
"Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross, To see a fine lady upon a white horse, With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
She shall have music where-ever she goes"
Banbury Folk Festival invites you to share in the Banbury Hobby Horse Festival where traditional beasts and animals gather in celebration of the age-old rhyme.
The hobby horse has a magic all of its own - as preposterous as it is magical, this curious creature belongs among the cavalcade of other strange beasts that roam the English countryside.
Dance sides perform in the centre of Banbury on Saturday and Sunday, as well as taking part in the Grand Hobby Horse Procession. Taking part in 2016 were:
The Brackley Morris Men
Foxs Border Morris
Wild Thyme Border Morris
Sharp & Blunt
The Outside Capering Crew
Ztravets Bulgarian Folk Dance Group