Rowan Rheingans (of Lady Maisery/The Rheingans Sisters) will be appearing in a one-woman storytelling music show at the Northwall Theatre in Oxford on Friday 13th March. Having seen Rowan perform in her other groups, I would warmly recommend going to see her. The Northwall Theatre’s information tells us: ‘Dispatches on the Red Dress is an intimate and courageous new show by twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning songwriter Rowan Rheingans. Adventurous new writing meets the warmth of a folk gig in this heartfelt and personal one-woman show, uniquely weaving immersive storytelling with live fiddle, banjo and original songs taken from Rowan’s brand new genre-melding debut solo album The Lines We Draw Together. Unravelling the joy and pain from a story of her grandmother’s youth in 1940’s Germany, Rowan celebrates small acts of resistance and boldly asks a troubling question for our times: can hope for our future be found in the very darkest pockets of our history?’

On Saturday 14th March, fiddle legend and multi-instrumentalist Chris Leslie will be performing at Aston Village Hall. Chris built an international reputation with the dazzling acoustic outfit Whippersnapper, as a key member both of the Albion Band and of Simon Mayor’s Mandolin All Stars. Chris has also appeared with Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, and in 1997 joined folk rock legends Fairport Convention. Aston Village Hall, Aston Road, AstonOX18 2DU.

Folk Weekend Oxford returns after a year off, with many exciting events taking place in Oxford from 17th-19th April. On the Saturday, local fiddle/guitar duo Henderson:Hooper (that’s Nick and Judith) will be playing in Blackwells (2.30pm) and Stonesfield/Finstock trio The Boot Band (Susanna Starling, Nick and Judith) will be performing in the Ashmolean (11.45am). Just turn up and listen!

The Boot Band are very excited to announce that we will be performing at Wilderness Festival in Cornbury Park on Friday 30th July!

Judith Hooper