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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
Oxjam Takeover 15 October - What’s on, part 2 THE EVENING!
From 6 pm onwards, you’ll need a wristband to get into any of the 8 venues (see below for purchase details). What’s on offer? Well, loads and loads. The fab venue that is the Royal British Legion Social Club (just off Chilwell Road - turn down next to Cycle Inn onto Hall Croft and you're a minute away) has, finishing the night, a resurgent IVORYSERFS at 10 and local favourites ‘The Madeline Rust’ at 11 pm. Before that it’s ‘Danger Dog’, ‘Blue Vulture’ and ‘Dawn of the Dumb’, with Fata Morgana starting the evening at 6 pm.
Upstairs at ‘The Bar’ we’ve got some post-punk (‘Blackmail Box’) and punk (‘Dirty Scroungin’ Bastards’) interlinked with ‘Sweet Malaise’ and ‘Headfeed’. DJ BEATNiX finishes the night. Downstairs at ‘The Bar’ there’s ‘Ramshackle Men’, ‘The Outriders’, ‘Tribute to Nordberg’, ‘Facing Lights’, ‘The Floodlights’ and ‘Anteloup’.
If you fancy something a bit lighter you need to be at either The Star or the White Lion. The former has ‘Moose Malloy’, ‘The Phil Langran Band’, ‘Married to the Mob’ and ‘Goose McCoy’, with the first set at 6pm filled by the very young and talented ‘Neon Coast’. White Lion kicks off with Phil Matthews a.k.a The Village then has a varied evening with ‘Anyday Café’, ‘Creaking Bones’, local favourites ‘Midnight Special’ and ‘ZOOTZ’, with a closing set by the wonderful ‘Crazy Heart’.
‘Halam Sessions’ start off the evening at The Hop Pole which then shifts to the folk/jazz fusion of ‘Foreign Accent’, takes a turn through blues with ‘Blue Shack’ and goes all a cappella with ‘Oldish Spice’ before topping off the night with ‘The Cluedo Club’.
Up the road at Chequers Inn we’ve got ‘The Doobious Brothers Band’ finishing the night but not before you've copped an earful of ‘Foule’, ‘The Days We Don’t’, ‘Confyde’ and ‘The Faradays’ with the bonus of ‘Confyde’ singer Martin Jackson kicking the night off with a solo set at 6 pm.
Elaine sings Tudor songs and traditional folk songs with a classical style accompaniment.
Beeston's got talent!
Watch out for talent scouts while you're at the Festival this year! A team from Thames TV has planned to visit us in Beeston as they are looking for participants in the next ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ on ITV. Who knows, a local artist may be on TV in a few months' time!
We're on the radio this Sunday Morning! Tune into BBC Radio Nottingham from 9am on the 9th, as our Takeover Manager, Colin Tucker will be talking Oxjam with Dean Jackson (presenter of The Beat on Saturdays) on the John Holmes show.
If you prefer sleeping in, the recording will be available right after the show at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p048cv9m
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!
Thanks Jenny Langran for this photo from last weekend's ceilidh. Just about recovered now and thrilled to have raised a grand for the cause!
Luv The Beeston Ceilidh Collective
Memories of a great night in the Star last year! Looking forward to another great night in 2016