Updates for Oxjam House Concerts
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After holding a very successful mini festival last year as part of the Oxjam house concert initiative, we decided to hold another one this summer.
This time we had 10 musical acts including 4 bands, 1 choir and various other individuals, duets and a trio.
Over 80 people attended the event and we had a brilliant time listening to a wide variety of music in the garden on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Lots of people donated cakes, and we held a raffle, which along with donations, raised an incredible £550!
What an enjoyable way to raise money for such a worthwhile cause.
A massive ‘Thankyou’ to all those that came along and supported the festival, and to all the musical acts:
Lost Highways, Shenanigans, Shiftin’ Sands, Red Puppets, The Rock ‘n’ Soul Singers, Mark Winfield, Alan & James Shepherd, Kath Heap and Rosina Reading.
On Sunday 23rd June we held a Oxjam garden party . The Unreliables opened the afternoon and lit up the audience, it was fantastic . Following , after a break of delicious cakes and drinks , came the QM Barbershop Quartet who not only sang to us but also explained how a barbershop quartet is made up from the individual voices , it was fascinating .
We raised £340 . Thank to all our audience , cake makers and not forgetting the wonderful singers for making the day a great success .
Our latest house concert was more of a garden party with Goose McCoy playing in the lovely garden at 16 Devonshire Ave. The sun stayed out and we raised just north of £100 for Oxjam.
What a special and sublime afternoon we were privileged to host in our front room on St Patrick's Day!
Local pianist Edwina Crowder took us on a journey as she performed her innovative and reflective arrangements of traditional tunes written by 17th century Irish composer and itinerant harper Turlough O'Carolan.
Friends enjoyed Irish themed refreshments in the break (it turns out that Sainsbury's have a dedicated Irish section selling goodies all year round in their Castle Marina store) and settled down for Edwina's second half where the theme of journeys continued with pieces from other composers reflecting modern music in the classical style with a folk/jazz feel - plus a little poetry thrown into the mix too!
We are grateful to Edwina for her creativity and hard work in putting this outstanding performance together, and also to friends who helped by providing photographic skills, chairs, gluten free goodies, special Irish cheeses, and emergency supplies of soda bread, as well as bringing warmth and community into our home.
We are delighted to have raised £226 for Oxfam :) .
More from Oxjam's latest House Gig at our Long Eaton outpost, chez Geoff.
This time it's Tilly Greentree - just click on the Youtube link below and enjoy!
Thanks go to local musician and Oxjam supporter Geoff who managed to squeeze 19 friends into his lounge for a fantastic house gig featuring Tilly Greentree and Steven Lai (plus an impromptu after show jam from Geoff and various members of the audience) , raising £109 in donations all for Oxfam.
Click on the Youtube link below to share in the wonderful music from Saturday night.
Big thanks all round to everyone involved in this awesome fundraising effort.
As you can see from this video we had a rather special afternoon in our lounge in January, when Phil Langran and his band played their first ever shoeless gig.
They lulled us with some beautiful harmonies and had us tapping our (also shoeless) feet to some upbeat folksongs. If only there had been enough room to dance, I'm sure we would have been jigging and reeling long into the evening.
We enjoyed a feast of treats during a well-deserved break and managed to raise an impressive £158 for Oxfam.
Thank you to all our friends for supporting the event, and thank you to Phil, Steve, Mark, Frank and Alistair for such top-notch entertainment.
On August 12th we held a concert in our garden in Newthorpe.
Shiftin’ Sands were our headline band, from the Oxjam Artist list.
We also persuaded a number of other musicians and singers to join the line-up, giving us a total of 7 different acts.
Due to the weather forecast being unpredictable we erected a number of gazebos and found enough seats for the 50 people that attended.
We provided food and drink, and with several people donating cakes, we managed to raise £300.
The afternoon was a wonderful experience, we had so many comments and e-mails from those that attended and performed, saying how much they had enjoyed the event.
Many thanks to Shiftin’ Sands and all our other acts for making the event so enjoyable.
If you like music, I would thoroughly recommend the Oxjam initiative, as it is a great way to raise money with family and friends.
Many thanks to Richard Hinsley for playing his beautiful compositions on our piano at our house concert last Sunday afternoon. And thanks to all of you who came and raised £250 for Oxjam Beeston by buyng tickets and donating for refreshments.