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We have a full page in the Beestonian, issue 53! Read it online, or pick up a copy in a café, and turn to page 15!
OXJAM: We're Off!
A packed ‘Unplugged’ event kicked off Oxjam Beeston 2017 on Saturday 1st July. A supportive and enthusiastic audience appreciated the diversity of music on offer as well as the real ale, wine and curry provided by the good people of the Middle Street Resource Centre.
All of the artists - folk-punk singer Paul Carbuncle, Hungarian folk-rock group ‘Foreign Accent’, Celtic tunesmiths Steve and Penny Benford and two generations of singer songwriters: Lucia Holmes and Colin Tucker - will be appearing at Takeover on 14 October. For pictures, video-clips and a more detailed review of the evening, visit the Oxjam Beeston website or our Facebook page. ‘Unplugged’ was a joint event between Oxjam and Beeston Community Resource/MINDSET.
If you visited the brilliant Beeston Carnival you may well have seen Oxjam there too with a stall offering free goodies, flyers for our various events, tickets and, of course, some live music.
We are currently seeking sponsors for the Festival. Businesses large and small can become sponsors - we’re glad to say ‘The Star’ and CP Walker have signed up to be major sponsors - others so far include PN Design, The Breeze, Cllr Kate Foale (grant from Divisional Fund) and Second Time Around Folk Club. If you are a large business, maybe you can sponsor a Takeover stage or one of our separate fund-raising events. Small businesses and individuals can become a ‘Friend of Oxjam’ by making a donation of as little as £50. Go to our website and look at the Sponsorship Prospectus. www.oxjambeeston. org The more we can raise from sponsorship, the more we can raise for Oxfam! 2017 COULD be our best ever!
We are also beginning to sign up volunteers to help out on Takeover day (14 October). Go to our website and complete the form.
Want to perform at Oxjam 2017? Venues are being finalised at the time of writing - go to the website for the latest information. We are looking for performers of all sorts of music: rock, rap, ‘covers’, indie, punk, blues, folk, metal, jazz, funk and punk - anything, in fact, performed by any size combo from solo acoustic to loud rock and large community choirs. Again, visit the website!
So it begins. Quick breakfast at Edwards before the madness takes over. Bring it on Beeston!
The Beestonian issue 45 has a review of Foreign Accent, one of the bands playing Oxjam this year!
The Beeston Beats' reviewer was "utterly entranced" and described "their beautiful sound" as consisting "of an infusion of violin over plucked acoustic guitar, twinkling keyboards alongside a hauntingly emotive vocal".
Come and listen to Foreign Accent at the Hop Pole
The Beestonian (issue 17) has a review of Emma Bladon-Jones. Although the "abandoned love-child of Colbie Caillat and Jack Johnson", as she is described in Beeston Beats, won't be performing solo, you can listen to her as part of Midnight Special, a duo featuring Joe Barber, another Oxjam Beeston regular. They will be performing at the Malt Shovel and the White Lion.
Back in the early days of the Beestonian (that's issue #3), Martin Jackson, who'll be playing Chequers Inn this year, was talking about his move to Beeston.
The Beestonian issue 16 has an interview of Rambling Rosh, who'll be playing Froth and the Hop Pole
The Beestonian is running a new piece on Oxjam, on page 15, featuring details of the upcoming Unplugged event.
The venue is Middle Street Resource Centre, which you might think is somewhat unlikely, but it's actually a lovely setting for the small scale event, catering for about 80 people seated cabaret style. There'll be a licensed bar plus soft drinks, coffee and snacks. Plus it's only a 5 minute walk from the Interchange or buses (Indigo, 36, Y36) and the tram stop.
On the bill is folk punker Paul Carbuncle who was a great hit at last year's Takeover, where he played three sets in as many venues. Also performing will be local favourite and Oxjam totem Emma Bladon Jones — such a fabulous singer-songwrite, as if you didn't know!
We'll also be introducing two young singer-songwriters, Matt Humphries and Andrew Tucker (who is lead singer and songwriter for Ivoryserfs). Listen out for their unusual covers. Finally, completing the line-up is Dave Mooney, who combines his own songs about his travels in the east with covers from the skiffle and tea dance eras.