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The Oxjam Bee

Oxjam Beeston

Music Festival

What's on at the Festival? Part 1 - The Afternoon

This year Oxjam afternoon has what we think is the most diverse range of music to feast your ears on. Middle Street Resource Centre is where to head for an afternoon of proper folk music, with Steve Plowright and chums offering ‘Autumn Almanac’. We’re delighted to be presenting this in conjunction with ‘Mindset’ as part of the Mental Health Awareness Weeks. Meanwhile, in the Beeston Methodist Church, Chilwell High Road, we have a mini choir festival with acts including a cappella group ‘Oldish Spice’ and a gospel choir from the University. plus a bit of afternoon rock at The Crown with, amongst others, ‘Kitty and the Cadillacs’.

The recently opened micro-pub ‘Pottle o’ Blues’ hosts a selection of quiet acoustic music, as does the Froth coffee shop up at Creative Corner. There’s a ‘Family Folk’ afternoon at The White Lion, hosted by Andy Cooper and Dave Quick (expect silly noises on euphoniums, kazoos, pop guns etc) with Dave Mooney and his dancing puppet, Nancy, along with several other folky acts such as ukulele duo ‘UP’ , ‘Lost Kind Words’ and trad singer Phil Harrison.

Over at the Malt Shovel, local favourites Emma and Joe (‘Midnight Special’) are hosting with acts including duo ‘Tierney’ and ‘The Sherwoods’. Two strong local singer-songwriters are at The Star: Mark Block, and one-man-band Josh Kemp. Young local talent such as Lucia Holmes, Megan Ashmore, Anna Heery and Madeleine Beestin can be heard in the coffee shops Rye, Bean and Greenhood - with many others.The day gets off to a lively start at The Hop Pole with featured acts including ‘Pop Orchestra’, Jasmine Issaka, Cameron Sinclair Harris, ‘Foreign Accent’ and Rambling Rosh.

All this fantastic music is FREE in the afternoon of the Oxjam Takeover - but remember, the Oxjam Festival aims to raise money for OXFAM so the rule is: if you see a collecting tin, put some money in!