The Grounds Day Pass provides entry to the Great Barn Festival Grounds for a whole day. There will be plenty to keep adults, families and children of all ages entertained. All for just £4 a person!
Music in our Cabaret Tent, market place and Hayloft bar, Armaleggen Morris dancers, storytellers and roaming performers throughout both days. Circus skills, silent disco and craft in the Children’s Tent. Pond dipping, village tours and bat talks with The National Trust. Try your hand at some Arts & Crafts. Music and performances from some of the best local community groups, choirs and locally renowned musicians and bands.
Please note: Although the performance of Robin Hood on Sunday is an open air performance, this is a separately ticked event. A Sunday Grounds Day Pass will not include entry to this performance. The site will be cleared before the Robin Hood performance begins.
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We have an incredible line up of musical talent for you to enjoy. All included in the cost of your Grounds Day Pass.
Saturday at 9.15pm
The Autumn Saints are an Anglo-American quartet based in Oxford, UK.
The band’s music has its roots planted firmly in the American South, with lead singer Britt Strickland bringing the soulful, weighty music history of his home state of North Carolina to the City of Dreaming Spires. The southern storytelling tradition made famous by the likes of Dylan and Johnny Cash is very much alive in the Saints’ music.
The British influence in the band, though, is also unmistakable. The melodic, ethereal guitar lines that float and weave through the songs create the sort of atmospheric depth that British indie groups have always done so well.
“A kind of rootsy rock music for cathedrals…amongst my favourite of our recent finds” Dave Gilyeat, BBC Introducing
“Vocals that Kings of Leon would be jealous of, kicking bass & chunky chip riffs” Tim Hughes, Oxford Mail
The Factory Lights
Saturday at 5.30pm
The Factory Lights formed in 2015, bringing together some of Oxford’s ageless rock performers, and led by singer-songwriter Ant Kelly. Kelly’s inspiration comes from the sights and sounds of Oxford’s Cowley Road and renowned car factory. Musically, the band fuses a solid rock beat with the honest storytelling of urban ballads.
The Factory Lights have recently launched their debut album ‘Keeping the Lights On’
Here’s a sneaky peak at the video for one of the singles off the album ‘Be My Lady Tonight’
Tim Friars & The Mercenaries
Sunday at 5.30pm
Tim Friers & The Mercenaries, are a well-renowned Celtic Rock Band, as popular for their powerful live set as for their fantastic recorded sound. The band is made up of a talented team of creative musicians: Tim on guitars and vocals, Gordon on Keyboards, guitar and vocals, Mike on fiddle, mandolin and guitar, Steve on Bass guitar, Charlotte on backing vocals and vanity busting and Andy on drums and cajon.
Based in Oxfordshire, they have a storied history of live performances, a variety of musical styles and arrangements, and professional recording sessions. They pride themselves on their musical versatility and fun and frantic live shows, breaking boundaries with their unique sound.
Saturday at 3.30pm
Guitarist Ben Avison has carefully honed the craft of songwriting, telling a story in every song. He is a captivating performer who has been singled out for his “beautifully rich voice”, “tasty guitar work” and as a “master of many styles” by the BBC.
His 2020 album Lovers Leap was hailed as “Clever, stylish, highly original… Brimful of ideas, a love of the countryside and knowing references to other musicians and genres” (Blues and Roots Radio). His 2013 debut Good Day Mr. Magpie was described by online critics as “perceptive,” “authentic” and “inspiring”.
Ben is a member of The Moonbeam Collective in his native Yorkshire Dales, contributing to Watching Wildlife (Daily Telegraph top folk album of 2015, and *** in MOJO and Q) and a member of the Seby Ntege Band. He was also a member of “Bhundu Boy” Rise Kagona’s Jit Jive Band and Count Drachma (with members of Stornoway).
The influences are eclectic and classic, yet floating above it is a clear English voice all its own.
Saturday at 4.15pm
Two singer-songwriters from Oxfordshire who stole someone’s cajon and became a band.
“I can honestly say that I have never been un-expectedly blown away so much by the next song I heard which started a set by a new duo called Wednesday Wolves…. The haunting melodies that oozed from this unassuming duo just echoed around the 12 Bar Club like rousing ancient hymns” – Music Earth Rise
Alex Falconer & Jess Marshall
Sunday at 4.30pm
Alex Falconer (guitar/vocals) & Jess Marshall (fiddle) are an acoustic duo from Witney, Oxfordshire who play original songs with a Folk/Americana flavour.
Sunday at 3.45pm
Claire Amor and Jessie Thompson are a Wiltshire-based folk duo. Armed with Jessie’s accordion, Claire’s percussion and a blend of heavenly harmonies, they’ll soon have your foot tapping along to their range of covers, traditional folk songs and original music.
Sunday at 2.30pm
“Doctor Robert, a lively acoustic four piece (two guitars, bass and percussion) who share a love of songs with “…a decent toon and a healthy dose of harmony”.
Playing classics from the sixties to the noughties including songs by; the Beatles, the Hollies, the Kinks, China Crisis, Elton John, the Bee Gees, Del Amitri, ELO, Billy Joel, David Bowie, the Eagles, and Supertramp.
Sunday at 1.30pm
A singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist from Wallingford
Saturday at 1.15pm
Celine Ellis is an acoustic artist and singer/songwriter. Performing live now for over 20 years, Celine is also an accomplished independent recording artist working predominantly out of her small home studio. Having developed her own personal style of writing, playing and performing, Celine stands out for her soulful story-telling, captivating melodies, and ability to get a song stuck in your head.
Saturday at 12.00
Eddie is a self taught guitarist with a poetry back ground. His unique style of playing and writing combines with a passionate and powerful vocal.
It’s hard to confine him to a specific genre, which is why his songs manage to appeal to all ages and regardless of their musical appreciation.
Saturday at 5.00pm
Blending the sonic traits of the folk troubadour, the accessibility of the acoustic pop perpetrator and the authenticity of the singer-songwriter, Garri makes music that is both perfect for today but which echoes with the sounds of the past too.
It is a sound that is folk driven but like the music of so many defining artists in the genre, is infused and inflected with indie vibes and contemporary cool.
Sunday at 11.00
The Great Barn
The Jericho Singers are a lively and friendly community choir in the heart of Jericho, Oxford.
They are an eclectic group who enjoy performing a broad range of music including jazz, rock, folk, soul, blues, choral and much more as well as their own arrangements, original songs and canal folk music.
Jericho Singers is run by Stephanie Pirrie, a professional singer, teacher and choral leader living in Jericho Oxford. Steph has experience working in number of genres of music including Jazz, folk, R & B and she has a huge passion for communal singing.
Mizike World Music Singing Group
Saturday at 2.30pm
Mizike is Oxford’s own Afropean world singing group with a passion for the beguiling, rich and complex sounds of polyphonic and polyrhythmic singing. They take us on a fascinating voyage through deserts and forests, villages and cities, celebrating the songs of our ancestors, friends, families and of some of today’s finest musicians.
Saturday throughout the day
Medieval Storytelling Tent
Free Storytelling from the Medieval Storytelling Tent.
Dave is a firm Festival favourite.
Storytelling at its finest
Busking the Bard
Shakespeare has always traditionally been performed outside and on the move. Set against a backdrop of the medieval Barn, older than even Shakespeare’s original Globe Theatre, Sun & Moon Theatre will entertain you with a pop-up show of scenes, speeches, sonnets and songs. See and hear your favourite Shakespearean moments and be introduced to those that you have never heard before.
A vibrant and intimate variety show featuring performers who share a love for Shakespeare’s works.
Saturday & Sunday
Led by The National Trust, why not see what creatures you can find living in the Barn Pond! All equipment provided.
Circus Skills Workshop
Saturday at 11.30
Who hasn’t wanted to master a new skill like juggling or plate-spinning? A circus workshop is a great way to involve people of all ages in a positive, fun learning and sharing experience. It is the perfect way to be introduced to the fun world of circus arts such as juggling, plate spinning, poi, ribbon, diabolo, feather balance, pedal go and stilts
So whether you’re big or small, young or old, our experienced circus artists are guaranteed to teach you some new skills.
Armaleggan Morris Dancers
Saturday at 2.00pm
The Oxfordshire Border Morris side with added Grrr…
Rob at The Woodshed
Saturday & Sunday
Greenwood working, spoon carving, woodturning.
Rob is a wood worker with a passion for heritage craft making hand crafted spoons and bowls from locally sourced green wood using axes, knives and a foot powered lathe.
Rob will be demonstrating his craft throughout the weekend and will have lots of items for sale.
Saturday & Sunday
Put on your headphones and bust out your best moves!
Medieval Storytelling & Musician
Sunday throughout the day
Enjoy stories, music and dance from our medieval storyteller
So many such tales are lost but these survived, written down by the by the likes of Chaucer and Christine de Pizan. Tales of wise animals and foolish kings, stories that inspired Shakespeare, the triumphs and tragedies of love and the dangers of any dealings with the Fey!
Saturday & Sunday
10.30 until 5.30
There will be plenty of free arts & crafts to keep children of all ages entertained in the Children’s Tent. Try your hand at sword making, rock painting or even bat puppets to keep our resident bats in the Barn company!
Tiny Wildlings is an outdoor child-led nature based playgroup for children aged 0 – 5 with a forest school ethos. We encourage children to reconnect with nature through messy, muddy fun and exploring natural resources.
Come and let your little ones join in the fun!