Oxford Bluegrass and Old Time/Appalachian Music Session
We convene on the LAST Monday of each month and have been meeting for over eight years.
As of 24th of June, 2013 we have a "new home": The Red Lion, Oxford Road, Old Marston Village, Oxford OX3 0PH.
We encompass a number of ability levels, our playing errs on the side of "not so fast", and we welcome and encourage all to join in: pickers, singers and those who simply want to listen to Bluegrass, Old Time/Appalachian acoustic music with a bit of old country music as well. We "do" tunes and songs and follow the bluegrass format: with participants taking a solo/break in turn (if they want to) and to sing in close harmony.
We play a range of instruments including fiddle, (sometimes a viola), bass (tea chest, wash tub and classical), the occasional cello, banjo, guitar, mandolin, mandola, banjo, dobro and resonator family members, autoharp, mountain dulcimer and other acoustic instruments that can fit in with bluegrass and Old Time/Appalachian music. However, we would ask you to leave your percussive keys, spoons, accordions and meldoeons, sackbuts and crumphorns, darbukas and bodhrans at home or to check them at the door along with your guns and hunting rifle. Dodge City/Wyatt Earp rules apply.
We meet between 8.00-8.30 to set up,tune and to have a drink and a "schmoozegrass"; we start playing around 8.30 p.m.
The pub has plenty of free parking if you are driving. You can also come by public transport: use the number 17A (to the John Radcliffe Hopsital) that runs from Magdalen Street in the City Centre, along Walton Street in Jericho, and then north on Banbury and Woodstock Roads to Marston Ferry Roads. Buses 13 and X13 run from the City Centre along the High Street, then down Marston Road and around the Oxford Road. The last number 17 back to twon leaves the Oxford Road at around 11.05 p.m. Please check both the Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach timetables for precise departure times.
The pub is open until 11.30 p.m., but we should respect that time and not expect to play on longer.
Come along or if your are in the area, either visiting or working temporarily; stop by and say "howdy" and don't forget to bring your "axe".
My friend Lucy Quinn runs a another jam in the south of the county on the SECOND Tuesday in Wallingford, Oxfordshire at the Cross Keys pub, just opposite the Kinecroft, near the village green. Full details of this jam are listed in FolkJam.