24/7: Rapture Diary
On Saturday 12th, Joe headed along to the Irregular Folk Summer Session all-dayer. Based at The Perch - a lovely olde worlde pub, just a short jaunt across Port Meadow from the city - the event was staged in an enormous trinket-festooned Bedouin tent, with some of the county’s finest cider on tap (Joe may or may not have partaken a little too heavily in sampling all of them!)
Featuring some of Oxford’s finest folk musicians and groups, as well as plenty others from all over the country, highlights included the delicately skillful layering of guitar, vocals and cello from Duotone (aka. Barney Morse-Brown); a rousing performance of edgy tunes from Oxford’s own Salvation Bill; and a gorgeous closing set from Londoners The Irrepressibles. Definitely head along to an Irregular Folk show if you ever get the chance - they’re quickly building a reputation as one of Oxford’s top promoters!
As mentioned at the top of the newsletter, we were once again out in a field last weekend when we ran the merch stall at Truck Festival. In a similar style to Cornbury at the start of the month, our tent sold festival merch and artist CD/LPs, as well as hosting acoustic performances and signings throughout the weekend. Highlights of proceedings included appearances from Slow Club, Danny & The Champions Of The World, Stornoway and emerging local boys Balloon Ascents.
Elsewhere, there was the usual selection of fantastic Truck Festival acts - the Saloon stage was a staff favourite with many great Americana acts performing over the weekend, and Joe managed to worm his way to the front for party animal Andrew W.K - emerging battered, bruised, and somewhat partied out an hour later!