Banburyshire Song And Ale
A fund-raiser for The Friends Of The Horton

The Banburyshire Song and Ale Weekend will return for 2019 - Friday 5th April to Sunday 7th.
Hosted at Banbury Cricket Club. Tell your friends.

When and Where

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th April 2018
(Starts at 18:00 on Friday, ends at 16:00 on Sunday)
At Banbury Cricket Club, White Post Road, Bodicote OX15 4BN
(Entrance, sign-posted "The Pavillion", opposite Bishop Loveday School on White Post Road.)

The Friends Of The Horton :-

The Friends are a charitable group who not only run the shop at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury,
but also a book service for the patients.
After liaising with the nurses and doctors at the hospital, the monies they raise every year, or receive in donations, is spent on purchasing items identified, often of quite low cost, but very useful. (Such as commodes, variable height sinks, maternity equipment, and even a mural for the childrens ward.)
Not only will all profits from this event will be donated to The Friends Of The Horton, but all monies from Supporter and Sponsor Tickets.

Two hundred and eighty pounds raised. Thanks everyone!


Tickets (prices from five pounds to fifteen pounds) are available online from here, or can be bought at the event.

Supporters and Sponsors

If you are unable to get attend, but would still like to support the fund-raising, please buy a Supporter or Sponsor Ticket from here
(Over one hundred and fifty pounds has been raised so far, even before the first song has been sung, or the the first pint of ale supped.)


A weekend, in sing-around format, of traditional, comic and contemporary songs, and the occasional story or poem. Special guest appearances and music sessions in the downstairs bar. Accompanied by fine ales from Marstons and the local Gun Dog Ales brewery, and with food from the Wild View caterers. All set at the wonderful venue which is Banbury Cricket Club. Outdoor camping available (no electric hook-up), and plenty of B&B accomodation in Banbury.
Alongside the running of the Grand National, there will be hobby horses. Some may be racing, some looking elegant, some larking about.

Please note: Due to the recent wet weather, for those of you camping in tents, please ask a steward where you can pitch.
(Do not put up your tent adjacent to the cricket pitch.)
Camper vans, use the hard-standing car park, and caravans, please pitch close to the roadway.

Special guests and Timetable :-

18:00 Meet and Greet
19:00 Dinner
20:00 Start of evening session
21:00 Friday - Bill McKinnon
Bill has 30 years experience and enjoyment of traditional music, playing 5-string banjo, tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin and melodeon (and probably too many other instruments to mention!)
11:00 Start of morning session
12:00 Saturday lunchtime Mark Pidgeon
Mark is an Oxfordshire based singer-songwriter whose thought provoking songs have made people sit up and take notice wherever he has played. He draws from his own life experiences and from what is happening in the world around him and puts his thoughts into his own style which has its roots in Americana and Modern Folk music. He runs the successful Wychwood Folk Club, showcasing an eclectic mix of Folk, Roots, Acoustic and Americana Music.
14:00 Saturday afternoon - Toots and Fraser
raser and Susanne (Toots) are Buckingham based "songsters and tunesmiths" mixing accordion, guitar and vocals, with a huge repertoire of their own songs, acoustic folk, and jazzy ragtime blues they call rag'n'roll music. They always play to entertain their audiences whether with the story in their songs, an unexpected melody, or something from the repertoire of Louis Jordan, Fred Astaire or Fats Waller. Fraser's songs have been heard on BBC local radio, and Fraser and Toots are regular performers at folk and acoustic clubs, festivals and ceilidh dances.
17:15 Grand National - with hobby horse accompanyment?
18:30 Saturday afternoon - Leon Gormley
Leon is a contemporary folk performer with a hypnotic, motoring finger style. Emotive vocals accompany songs of simple complexity. As well as his solo work he is one third of the Town Musician Of Bremen alongside Andrew Lowings on Bouzouki and Lewis Jones on Nyckelharpa and Melodeon. He also collaborates with artists such as Kim Lowings and is an occasional member of The Greenwood.
19:00 Dinner
20:00 Start of evening session
21:00 Saturday evening - The FOS Brothers
Dave and Sam McCrory from East Belfast, N.Ireland - stirring fusion of original and traditional songs on hypnotic acoustic guitars.
Together they create a unique soundscape of acoustic music heavily influenced by their Irish roots. They have been performing for over 25 years at Festivals, Arts Centres... all sorts of venues in the UK and abroad
11:00 Start of morning session
12:00 Sunday morning - Whiter Than
Whiter Than are a mostly acoustic duo (with sometimes a few friends to help out). For sound, think, C86 era mixed with 90s flavours in a nice cheeky package.
14:00 Sunday afternoon - Linda Watkins
Welsh born singer and writer of songs which live happily on folk stages, Linda now dwells amongst the green fields of England where she continues to enjoy sharing her music with audiences far and wide - not ever forsaking her Welsh roots and traditions of course!
16:00 Close and Farewell

You can print the event details from here

Ales :-

Banks's - Sunbeam - 4.2% Golden Ale
Gun Dog Ales - Bad To The Bone - 4.5% Best Bitter
Gun Dog Ales - Booze Hound - 4.2% Copper IPA
Gun Dog Ales - Jack's Spaniels - 3.8% Blonde Ale (Dry Hopped)
Gun Dog Ales - Lord Barker - 4.2% Stout
Jennings - Cocker Hoop - 4.6% Premium Bitter
Jennings - Snecklifter - 5.1% Old Ale
Marston's - 61 Deep - 3.8% Golden Ale
Ringwood - Fortyniner - 4.9% Premium Bitter
Ringwood - Old Thumper - 5.1% Premium Bitter

Stewards :-

If you would like to be a steward at Song and Ale, please fill in this form and return to Jules Procter.
Any queries or comments, please contact via :-
E-mail :- Jules Procter

Facebook :- Jules Procter

Thanks :-

Song and Ale was previously organised by Derek and Mary Droscher as a fund-raiser for Banbury Folk Festival.
I would like to thank them for all their hard work over the years, bringing us events, and wish them well in their retirement from organising.