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The Ashmolean Museum
in association with Folk Weekend Oxford

22 November 2013, 7.00–10.30pm
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LiveFriday: November 2013

Oxford's Weekend Starts Here...

Free Admission, All Welcome!

On the last Friday of each month, the Museum will open its doors from 7.00 – 10.30 pm, giving visitors the opportunity to see the collections and major exhibitions after hours. Interactive events including theatrical performances, creative workshops and lively talks will be on offer, with drinks and dinner in the rooftop Dining Room on Level 4 and a bar in the vaulted Café on the Lower Ground Level.

Oxford Folk LiveFriday
In association with Folk Weekend Oxford
Friday 22 November 2013
7.00 – 10.30pm

Oxford Folk LiveFriday is inspired by Oxford’s rich folk heritage and is organised in association with Folk Arts Oxford (organisers of the annual festival Folk Weekend: Oxford). Visitors should expect to encounter Folk, traditional and contemporary, like never before; from workshops, morris dancing, and yarn bombing, to a rousing performance from the Combined Choirs of Oxford.

Oxford Folk LiveFriday falls on the evening of Oxford's Christmas Light Night and forms part of the city’s annual seasonal celebrations.

Download the programme here

LiveFriday showcases contemporary culture alongside historic masterpieces within the Ashmolean. The unique mix between old and new; historic and contemporary; traditional and cutting-edge has never been more apparent than in the Oxford Folk LiveFriday programme for Friday 22nd November.

Organised in association with Folk Weekend Oxford, November LiveFriday is inspired by Oxford’s rich folk heritage and will include workshops, morris dancing, ceilidh dancing, film, and live music performances throughout the museum spaces. With traditional carols from Rising Voices Community Choir and the chance to join in, this evening of festive infused folk will also form part of the city’s annual Christmas Light Night celebrations.

Participants include:


Family Ceilidh by Red Ceilidh
Oxford’s Red Ceilidh exists to bring dancing, music and fun to the young citizens of Oxford. The Red Ceilidh band will provide the tunes and a caller to help you with left and right.

Ceilidh by Red Ceilidh
Dance till you drop and the Red Ceilidh band will keep playing! Grab your dancing shoes and join an evening of high energy English ceilidh tunes!

Bate Collection Sound Snap
Match images and sounds from instruments held in one of the most magnificent collections of musical instruments in the world, the University of Oxford’s Bate Collection.

Bate Collection Instrument Handling
The Bate Collection has over 2000 instruments - have a go playing on some of their replica instruments.

Rising Voices performance and Combined Performance of Christmas Songs
Attend song workshops earlier in the evening, or grab a song sheet and sing along with Rising Voices Community Choir for the Oxford Folk LiveFriday finale! Follow this link for further information.

Mass Sing-a-long Christmas Songs
The Ashmolean would like to invite everyone to join the staff in singing a couple of feel-good, rousing carols, and to close this series of LiveFridays with We Wish You a Merry Christmas!


Tim Healey Green Man talk
Appearing in architecture and crafts through the ages local writer and historian Tim Healey will uncover and explore the significance of the mythical Green Man around Oxfordshire.

Jigs by a Duo from the National Youth Folklore Troupe of England
NYFTE performances are a mixture of traditional material complemented by modern items in keeping with the tradition performed by a group of 10 to 18 year olds.

Music in the Family Film
A premier about the famous Headington Quarry morris dancer and musician William Kimber, and his family. Kimber played a pivotal role in the English Morris Dance and Folk Music Revival of the early 20th century.

The Way of the Morris film
Follow filmmaker Tim Plester on a journey from the village green of his childhood to the killing fields of the Somme, as he searches for a connection with native dances that run deep in his blood.

Yarn Bombing by The Fibre Works
Needles on the Cowley Road have been busy with their knit one, purl one for this installation that reclaims and personalises the Ashmolean’s forecourt with festive cheer for the night.

Morris Dancing
Rhythmic stepping, jingling bells, and stick, sword and handkerchiefs wielding abound from Summertown Morris, Eynsham Morris, Armaleggan, and Mr Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris Dancers.

Giant Puppets
These giant folk puppets were created for Oxford Folk Festival and have climbed down from the ancient tower of Oxford Castle Unlocked visitor attraction to make a special Oxford Folk appearance.

Folk Weekend Oxford Information Station
The organisation Folk Arts Oxford deals in folk and traditional music and hosts the annual festival Folk Weekend Oxford in April. Find out about the festival in 2014 and buy folk music merchandise.

Mummers, Michaelmas and the Empress Matilda by UnderConstruction Theatre Company
This play is inspired by the true story of The Empress Matilda who was besieged at Oxford Castle in the mid-12th century. Spot the Empress, Sir George the Knight, Baron Von Sparrowlion, and the River Goddess Tamesis performing throughout the museum.

Lorna Marrison's Oxfordshire Folk Art
Meet local artist Lorna Marrison and view some of her work. Marrison takes her inspiration from happenings and traditions in the regional folk scene.

Folk Weekend Oxford in Pictures
Witness snapshots of the annual Folk Weekend Oxford festival through images taken by professional and amateur photographers taken at venues across Oxford over the past few years.


Producing rich and fascinating instrumental music with a flavour of 18th century England Boldwood infuse new energy into the music of little-known publications and hand-written manuscripts.

Oxford Country Folk Songwriters Circle
A stage dedicated to the regular night that takes place at the Port Mahon and provides a platform for local performers of contemporary folk music. Acts include: Swindlestock, Olly Wills, Tamara Parsons-Baker, Ragdoll, The Black Feathers.

With a transatlantic folk inspired sound as raw and evocative as the landscapes they are forged in Swindlestock, in their acoustic form, comprise Dava Waterhouse and Garry Richardson.

Olly Wills
Lead singer songwriter of The Epstein Olly Wills loves stripping songs bare and bringing out the essence that makes them beat when playing solo away from The Epstein's grand cinematic sound.

Steven Adams
Former lead singer of the Broken Family Band, Adams has adopted a new musical style that has variously been referred to as alt. country, country rock, new wave, and indie-rock with a folky twist.

Tamara Parsons-Baker
Sometimes part Amanda Palmer, part Anita O'Day; other times part Tom Waits, part Jeff Buckley. Parsons-Baker’s bold repertoire is populated with wit and wisdom.

Lewis Newcombe and Rachel Ruscombe-King founded acclaimed acoustic dream-folk outfit Ragdoll whose sound has been described as pastoral folk, with touches of country, rock and jazz.

The Black Feathers
A combination of English folk influences, some Irish heritage, and a large splash of Americana inspiration, all held together with close Bluegrass harmonies and songs about love, life, and death.

Oxford Fiddle Group
From foot-tapping jigs and reels, to catchy hornpipes and marches, OFG perform songs and tunes from England and are particularly keen to promote local musical heritage.

Will Pound & Henry Webster
Young jazz-folk duo Will Pound and Henry Webster will inject new energy into the Chinese Paintings Gallery with their high-energy mixture of traditional and contemporary compositions.

Nick Tingay from Water Pageant
Tingay specialises in a realm that lurks somewhere between folk and alternative music. “If Kate Bush and Tom Waits were to have offspring, you might be half-way there.”

Steph West
A harper, singer and composer, Steph has a love of dancing rhythms, vivid chords and a free flowing melody grounded in the traditional music of Britain and Ireland.

James Bell
Oxford Folk Weekend festival favourite, James Bell, will bring his highly personal and charismatic take on traditional folk to the Ashmolean’s European Art Gallery.

Jackie Oates
Award-winning Oxford-based folk singer and fiddle player, Jackie Oates has taken time out from her acclaimed 'Lullabies' tour and singing with The Imagined Village to perform at Oxford Folk tonight.

Seasonal Folk by Sue Brown and Lorraine Irwing
Enjoy unaccompanied vocal harmonies and a repertoire based firmly in English traditional song that draws, from time to time, on contemporary material and songs from other traditions.

Oxford Contemporary Music Oxford Folk Soundscape
OCM’s Technical Manager and Freelance Programmer, Tim Hand, has drawn upon the rich tapestry of traditional and contemporary Oxford folk music to create an eclectic soundtrack to the evening.


Folk-Inspired Craft Workshops
Master crafters Julie Roberts and Sarah Dicks will lead workshops suitable for all ages that are inspired by folk traditions and items in the Ashmolean’s collections.

Rag-Rug Demonstrations by The Fibre Works
Join The Fibre Works in the ultimate in up-cycling… tear up old, unwanted rags and refashion them by weaving the strips of fabric into a rug.

Song Workshops
Rising Voices' Community Choir director Cat Kelly will lead a series of workshops to teach five traditional carols: The King, Dayspring, Nativity, When Joseph Was Old, Jesus Christ the Apple Tree. Whilst there are plenty of harmony lines for the confident to try, participants don't need to be able to read music, and don't need to have any experience of singing in a choir to join in.