Banbury Folk Club

Upcoming events at Banbury Folk Club. For previous events and other information please see the club's website.

Coming up at Banbury Folk Club in June and July 2017

7th June - SSLaP (Sing Say Listen and Play) with Caroline Watsham, the Musical Saw Lady - Jug Collection

14th June - Acousticana - David Menday and Braham Levi - £6/£5 concessions

21st June - Special Guest Night - Bob Fox and Anna Ryder - £10/£9 concessions

28th June - Linda Watkins - £6/£5 concessions

5th July - Songwriting Competition - Performers can enter up to 3 original songs. The winning song wins £50.

SUNDAY 16TH JULY - FOLK IN THE COURTYARD & BBQ 1pm - 6pm - a great afternoon of folk with a collection and raffle in aid of Banbury Folk and Hobby Horse Festival 2017

12th July - SSLaP (Sing Say Listen and Play) with Thrup'nny Bits - Jug Collection

19th July - Bill McKinnon and Friends - £6/£5 concessions 

26th July - Special Guest Night - Les Barker £10/£9 concessions

Club closes in August - Reopens 6th September






Benji Kirkpatrick and Janie Mitchell at Banbury Folk Club

25th May – Special Guest Night with Benji Kirkpatrick and Janie Mitchell – Admission £10/£9 cons. 8.00pm - The Banbury Cross Pub. OX16 5JH

This tantalising new duo brings together the beguiling voice of Janie Mitchell (“The Mary Webb Songs”) and the instrumental mastery of Benji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead, Faustus). Performing their own songs on guitars, bouzouki and hammered dulcimer, the pair - from Shropshire - sing of love, loss and longing; but don’t be downhearted: their harmonies and humour will lift your spirits and their dark passion will carry you out of the ordinary into the sublime.  Janie, with her previous duo ‘Beguildy’, enjoyed wide ranging radio play with The Mary Webb Songs, one of which featured on the coveted froots magazine sampler CDs. She has taken her voice around the world but settled back in Shropshire where she and Benji hooked up again to write songs together.

Benji has worked extensively with Seth Lakeman, Maddy Prior (the voice of Steeleye Span) and Oysterband as well as being a stalwart of Bellowhead and Faustus and continues to perform and release albums as a solo artist.

Supporting Benji and Janie will be Stevie Cooper. Stevie Cooper is a familiar face on the Banbury music scene … one of Oxfordshire's most unsung musical talents, who can often be seen playing alongside names like Aurora J Young and The Next Hot Thing. Pianist, acoustic guitarist, songwriter and session musician, Stevie last appeared at the club with 25 Years Late in February when the group supported Andrew Sharpe & Amy Kakoura.

We have limited tickets for this event so book early to avoid disappointment – see Mary at the club, message Mary on Facebook at Mary Droscher, or leave a message on 01295 709881 to reserve tickets.

The club meets at the Banbury Cross Pub, Butchers Row, Banbury. OX16 5JH every Wednesday at 8.00pm.

For more details see our website

Banbury Folk Club Summer Programme


6th May - Open session on the theme of summer led by the Skeptics - jug collection

13th May - Local Guest Night - Toots & Fraser - Floor spots available -£6/£5 cons

20th May - Special Guest Night - Clive Gregson  supported by Paula & Stuart Tindall - £9/£8 cons - To reserve tickets phone 01295 709881 and leave a message.

27th May - Song Competition - Win £50! To enter phone 01295 709881 with contact details. You may enter up to 3 songs. Performers free. Audience £6/£5 cons



3rd June - Local Guest Night - PJ Wright & Guy Fletcher supported by Bruce Gomersall. £8/£7 cons - To reserve tickets phone 01295 709881 and leave a message.

10th June - Sing, Say, Listen & Play - Open session led by Jules Procter - jug collection

17th June - Sea Shanties Night with Sharp as Razors + Fish & Chips supper-£6/£5 cons - Fish & Chips must be booked in advance - Phone 01295 709881

24th June - Special Guest - John Connolly supported by Andrew Sharpe & Amy Kakoura of Steamchicken. £8/£7 cons - To reserve tickets phone 01295 709881 and leave a message.


1st July - Open Stage Night - showcase stage for 5 acts - to book a slot phone 01295 709881
Performers free. Audience £6/£5 cons

8th July- Local Guest Night - Marion Fleetwood solo album launch - supported by Ben Clempson & Nina Bailey - £8/£7 cons - To reserve tickets phone 01295 709881 and leave a message.

15th July - Sing, Say, Listen & Play - Open session - jug collection

22nd July - Special Guest Night - Winter Wilson - supported by Sian Magill - £8/£7 cons - To reserve tickets phone 01295 709881 and leave a message.

29th July - Local Guest Night - The Skeptics - floor-spots available - £6/£7 cons

Further details on our website








Coming up at Banbury Folk Club Winter 2015

28th October - Scarecrow - Return of the popular local band with a great range of musical styles from Folk to Jazz - Admission £7/£6 cons on the door. Starts at 8.00pm.


3rd and 4th November - BANBURY FOLK CLUB SPECIAL! A Double Dose of AJ and Peggy - Anthony John Clarke and Dave Pegg. Two legendary musicians and consummate entertainers unite for an evening of outstanding song and music. Booking essential - To reserve tickets please phone 01295 709881 and leave a message and a contact 'phone number on our answerphone. Starts at 8.00pm.


11th November - Open Session - Sing, Say, Listen and Play led by Ches Gibbons. On the theme of Peace. There will be a jug collection in aid of the Prem Rawat Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting world peace with several initiatives aimed at combatting rural poverty. Starts at 8.00pm.


18th November - King's Gambit and Gregg Cave with Nick Ellison. A double bill with exciting Northampton folk-rock group King's Gambit and singer-songwriter Gregg Cave with fiddler Nick Ellison. Admission £8/£7 cons. Starts at 8.00pm.


25th November - Open Stage Night - MC - Kevin West. A chance to showcase your act in a 20 minute slot. Always a good opportunity for our club members to see what else is around on the local folk scene. To book a slot phone 01295 709881 and leave a message and a contact 'phone number on our answerphone. Performers free otherwise £6/£5 cons. Starts at 8.00pm.


2nd December - Open Session - Sing, Say, Listen and Play led by Kevin Sexton. Your chance to get into the festive spirit with your own Christmas party pieces and carols. Carol sheets will be provided. Jug Collection. Starts at 8.00pm.


9th December - A Victorian Christmas - The club's very own Music Hall Show. Bringing the best of local talent in a guise you may not have seen before! In the presence of Her Majesty Queen Victoria and His Royal Highness Prince Edward. Please dress in the spirit of the occasion! Admission £5. Starts at 8.00pm


16th December - Christmas Party with The Austin Allegro Country Dance Consortium - Back by popular demand, Banbury's zany band performing their Christmas Hits- Admission £8/£7 including party food!



Reopens 6th January 2016


Coming up at Banbury Folk Club


21st January ~ Ian Giles & Pete Joshua ~ Two diverse performers from Oxford! Admission £6/£5 cons.

28th January ~ Burns Night with Selkie (Hector Gilchrist & Liz Thomson) A haggis, tatties n neeps supper will be piped in by Pipe Major Steven Duffy with members of the Acushla Highland Dancers. Admission £8/£7 cons. Burns Supper @ £4. To reserve tickets please phone 01295 709881

4th February ~ Open Stage Night ~ 5 acts chance to showcase. Now fully booked! Admission £6/£5 cons.

11th February ~ Kings & Folk ~ Exciting Worcester band, supported by Music Hall act Caxton & Hilton. Admission £7/£6 cons.

18th February ~ Sing, Say, Listen and Play ~ Open Session led by Tim Hall. Jug Collection

25th February ~ Geoff Phipps invites Performers from Coventry & Warwickshire, with Guest MC Dave Fry.  Admission £6/£5 cons.

4th March ~ Bell at Adderbury Showcase ~ Performers from the Bell at Adderbury sessions led by Kevin West. Admission £6/£5 cons.

11th March ~ Linda Watkins and Friends ~ Songstress, Multi-musician and Singer/Songwriter + invited guests. Admission £6/£5 cons.

18th March ~ Irish Night with the Random Murphys ~   Admission £6/£5 cons. Plus homemade Irish Stew with Soda Bread @ £4. To reserve tickets please phone 01295 709881

25th March ~ The Rachel Hamer Band ~ Brilliant young band from 'Up North!' Admission £7/£6 cons.

1st April ~ 'All Fools' Sing, Say, Listen and Play ~ Open Session led by Bill Bates. Jug Collection

8th April ~ Easter week ~  Club closed

15th April ~ Club's 16th Birthday with Meet on the Ledge, supported by Mike Moyse. Admission £9/£8 cons. Includes party food. To reserve tickets please phone 01295 709881

22nd April ~ Phil Hare ~ Virtuoso guitarist and Singer Songwriter. Admission £6/£5 cons.

29th April ~ Two Coats Colder ~ Progressive Folk Band from Essex. Admission £7/£6 cons.


*All nights start at 8.00pm. More details on our website









With a warm welcome, and performers varying from youngsters just starting out to internationally renowned musicians, the Banbury Folk Club is an entertaining way to enjoy live music. You are welcome to book in for a floor spot, usually two to three numbers, on club guest nights (apart from Special Guest nights).

Banbury Folk Club meets at The Coach & Horses PH, 4 Butchers Row, Banbury. OX16 5JH at 8pm on Wednesdays. For some bigger events, there may be a change of venue. Please check the individual event pages for details. Tickets can be booked and/or purchased by telephoning the Box Office on 07845 821041.

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