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Columbian party starters serve up Latin groove with global swing

Oxford Mail: La Chiva Gantiva

9:25am Thursday 24th April 2014

Tim Hughes talks to the Columbian group La Chiva Gantiva ahead of their Oxford gig

There'll be dancing in the streets

Oxford Mail: Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker

9:19am Thursday 24th April 2014

Oxford Folk Weekend organiser and singer Cat Kelly tells Tim Hughes why this year’s line-up of top local and national acts is set to make it an event to remember

WIN tickets to see Made In Chelsea stars - Young Kato!

Oxford Mail: Oxford bound: Young Kato

7:13pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Win tickets for gig at O2 Academy Oxford

On the road with The Hornicator

Oxford Mail: Trolls, Girls and Lullabies: Thomas Truax

7:01pm Thursday 17th April 2014

The ever-inventive Thomas Truax tells Tim Hughes what he does - and why it is necessary to create his own instruments to do it....

Record shops celebrate surprising success story

Oxford Mail: Hosts: the Dreaming Spires

9:28am Thursday 17th April 2014

Everyone thought shops selling vinyl discs were going the way of the dinosaurs but Tim Hughes learns that they are still out there

Alkaline Trio take a look on the darker side of life + Video

Oxford Mail: Acid wit: Alkaline trio

9:28am Thursday 10th April 2014

Alkaline Trio’s Dan Andriano talks to jason collie about the bleak inspiration behind their music and their forthcoming Oxford gig

Blowing his own harp: on the road with a harmonica virtuoso

Oxford Mail: Will Pound

9:22am Thursday 10th April 2014

As he prepares for his Oxford gig, Will Pound tells Tim Hughes about his life with mouth organs – and how it all began

Wilderness and Truck unveil 'best-ever' festival line-ups

Oxford Mail: Joan as Policewoman will appear at Wilderness

11:00am Friday 4th April 2014

ORGANISERS of two Oxfordshire music festivals have unveiled dozens of new acts, saying they now have their best ever line-ups.

Chic-pop dreamboats 'Candy Says' keep things intimate

Oxford Mail: Rock princess Juju of Candy Says is anything but predictable

11:20am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Former rock chick turned low-fi chic pop artist is ready to launch new album with her art band Candy Says, writes Tim Hughes

Strictly fun for dance diva Sophie

Oxford Mail: Sophie Ellis-Bextor

11:14am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Motherhood, TV, a new album and a tour are keeping Sophie Ellis-Bextor busy, as Tim Hughes finds out

Folk star makes joyful music

Oxford Mail: Giles Lewin, Maddy Prior and Hannah James

10:00am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

FOLK music legend Maddy Prior will be performing at Witney’s Langdale Hall on Friday.

Dan Walsh is bringing the banjo into a new world of adventure

Oxford Mail: Dan Walsh

12:46pm Thursday 27th March 2014

Who says banjos are just for hillbillies? Not Dan Walsh, who tells Charlotte Krol how global influences are changing the face of his music

Metronomy are predictably unpredictable

Oxford Mail: Metronomy are predictably unpredictable

11:56am Thursday 20th March 2014

Although it’s been three years since their last album, Tim Hughes finds that Metronomy have been as busy as ever

Saintly rising star Callum Burrows is a cut above the rest

Oxford Mail: Callum Burrows a.k.a. Saint Raymond

11:49am Thursday 20th March 2014

He may have a confusing name and nearly became a hairdresser, but Callum Burrows has clearly found his dream career, as he explains to Tim Hughes

Stage Whispers with Emma Dolman, director of Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot

Oxford Mail: Emma Dolman

2:33pm Thursday 13th March 2014

Emma Dolman reports on some of the great things Cornerstone have been up to recently

Racing Glaciers get hot as their career takes off

Oxford Mail: Racing Glaciers

1:58pm Thursday 13th March 2014

Tim Hughes is told from a bolt hole ‘oop north’ that this pop band are seeking fame, fortune (and free festival tickets)

Forget the sex and drugs, 'baking is best for bands' says Amber Run

Oxford Mail: Amber Run

1:55pm Thursday 13th March 2014

Clean livers to a fault, Tim Hughes hears that while Amber Run are big foodies, they also make regular trips to the gym, aren’t big party animals and don’t pig out on junk food

Cut-price Wilderness festival tickets go on sale to OX7 residents

Oxford Mail: Pictures from this years Wilderness festival

7:30am Wednesday 12th March 2014

DISCOUNTED tickets for this summer’s Wilderness Festival at Cornbury Park are now on sale to residents of the OX7 postcode area.

Queens of the Stone Age and Paramore complete Reading line-up

Oxford Mail: Summer highlight: Reading

11:02am Tuesday 11th March 2014

Queens Of The Stone Age, Paramore, Vampire Weekend and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis join bill at Reading and Leeds...

Virginia band Sons Of Bill scale new heights

Oxford Mail: From left Seth Green, Sam Wilson, Abe Wilson, Todd Wellons and James Wilson

11:47am Thursday 6th March 2014

As Sons Of Bill arrive in Oxford, singer and guitarist James Wilson tells Tim Hughes how family bonds and rock & roll influence their sound

We Are Scientists: Rock(et) science from New York's musical boffins

Oxford Mail: Keith Murray and Chris Cain

11:38am Thursday 6th March 2014

As he starts his ‘400th’ trip to the UK, Chris Cain of US indie-rockers We Are Scientists tells Tim Hughes he feels like a conquering king

Posh and proud Cornbury unveils star names for annual music festival

Oxford Mail: Sophie Ellis-Bextor

12:10am Thursday 6th March 2014

WHAT is billed as “the country’s poshest music festival” has unveiled its line-up.

Nashville bound: Susie Corfield's diary of a trip to the capital of country

Oxford Mail: Country fan: Susie Corfield

5:38pm Wednesday 5th March 2014

Oxfordshire schoolgirl, and budding country artist, Susie Corfield, from Freeland, made a pilgrimage to Tennessee, to pay homage to the music she loves. This is her diary......

Rapper ShaoDow is not afraid to lay down the law

Oxford Mail: ShaoDow

11:00am Thursday 27th February 2014

Tim Hughes meets new hip-hop star with city links who is breaking down the stereotypes

Jazz pioneer Nick Mulvey is finding his feet as he goes it alone

Oxford Mail: Nick Mulvey

11:00am Thursday 27th February 2014

Mercury Prize-nominated jazz band founder turned singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey tells Tim Hughes he’s where he wants to be musically...alone

Fatboy beefs up Alex and Jamie's Feastival + Video

Oxford Mail: Alex James, right, and Jamie Oliver at the 2012 festival

8:30am Wednesday 26th February 2014

POP star-turned cheese-maker Alex James and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver have revealed the line-up for their third annual Big Feastival – describing it as “one hell of a party”.

Folk star second in radio awards

Oxford Mail: Folk singer Will Pound

10:00pm Friday 21st February 2014

BANBURY folk singer Will Pound has narrowly missed out on a win at the Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Festival’s magic moment with Burt

Oxford Mail: Burt Bacharach gets ready to perform in the county

9:00pm Thursday 20th February 2014

SIX-TIME Grammy award-winner Burt Bacharach will be leading the line-up at this year’s Wilderness Festival.

The call of the catwalk at Oxford Fashion Week

Oxford Mail: Marc West as a model contender

11:57am Thursday 20th February 2014

Marc West finds out what it is like to be a model contender for Oxford Fashion Week

Pink Floyd tribute have feet firmly on the ground

Oxford Mail: Pink Floyd tribute have feet firmly on the ground

11:51am Thursday 20th February 2014

From first hearing his one-day heroes in the bath to leading one of the best Pink Floyd tributes, Steve Mac is still just a fan at heart. Tim Hughes reports

Indie rockers Eliza And The Bear are bearing up with tour and album

Oxford Mail: Indie rockers Eliza And The Bear are bearing up with tour and album

11:47am Thursday 20th February 2014

It’s a busy time for Eliza And The Bear as they hit the road with other acts but ensure there is no headlining hierachy, reports Tim Hughes

Burt Bacharach in Wilderness line-up

Oxford Mail: Burt Bacharach brings 50 years of hits to the Bournemouth Pavilion

6:00am Wednesday 19th February 2014

Organisers of the Wilderness Festival at Cornbury Park yesterday announced six-time Grammy Award winner Burt Bacharach will be among the line-up of this year’s event.

Black Hats - The loud, punchy band that everyone can love

Oxford Mail: Black Hats - The loud, punchy bang that everyone can love

1:12pm Thursday 13th February 2014

Tim Hughes doffs his hat to a local group who specialise in honest songwriting, great riffs, an upfront stage presence and tight shows

Twenty One Pilots duo fly high with dynamic electro-punk

Oxford Mail: Twenty One Pilots duo fly high with dynamic electro-punk

1:01pm Thursday 13th February 2014

Hard to categorise but impossible to ignore, Twenty One Pilots represent the future of rock. Tim Hughes finds out more from dance-piano-punks Josh Dunn and Tyler Joseph

Bright Works: 'Afro-beat lads are all in a spinney'

10:25am Thursday 13th February 2014

STRANGE things have been afoot in one of Oxfordshire’s ancient woodlands.

The Carbonfools are ‘Hungary’ for success

Oxford Mail: Magic Magyars: The Carbonfools

6:34pm Friday 7th February 2014

Tim Hughes meets one of Hungary’s biggest bands, now making waves over here - The Carbonfools.

The Delegators: make way for the rocksteady crew

Oxford Mail: Flavour: The delegators

12:43pm Friday 7th February 2014

Reggae dynamo prepare to hit The Cellar

Forget the question, The Answer is rock!

Oxford Mail: Forget the question, The Answer is rock! - Cormac Neeson of Belfast band The Answer

12:31pm Thursday 6th February 2014

Tim Hughes talks to Cormac Neeson, the frontman of hard-working Belfast band The Answer about their tour

The call of Nashville

Oxford Mail: Ricard Corfield with his daughter Susie

12:02pm Thursday 6th February 2014

I thought my family wasn’t musical until my youngest daughter started playing guitar – really well, writes Richard Corfield

Foals to play surprise hometown show

Oxford Mail: In the runnning: Foals

5:10pm Friday 31st January 2014

ONE of Oxford’s biggest bands, Foals, have announced a last-minute hometown show.

US rockers Mayday Parade crowd surf into town

Oxford Mail: Mayday Parade, Derek Sanders is centre

12:23pm Thursday 30th January 2014

Tim Hughes talks to Derek Sanders, frontman of a US band whose partying has mellowed but who stay close to their fans

Zebrahead - the band who put the zee in zebras

Oxford Mail: Zebrahead

12:19pm Thursday 30th January 2014

Tim Hughes meets a band playing with Reel Big Fish at the O2 Academy on Tuesday 11th February

US noise merchants Reel Big Fish cut loose from the big boys

Oxford Mail: US noise merchants Reel Big Fish cut loose from the big boys

12:12pm Thursday 30th January 2014

Funny and angry in equal measure, Reel Big Fish are a slippery act to pin down. Tim Hughes finds out what makes the Californian ska-punks the biggest in the pond

Something's happening for Del Amitri

Oxford Mail: Del Amitri

12:25pm Thursday 30th January 2014

Glaswegian indie-pop band Del Amitri are back after 10 years away

Farewell Pete Seeger

2:07pm Thursday 30th January 2014

MUSIC-lovers were shocked on Tuesday to learn of the death of legendary folk artist Pete Seeger.

Richard Thompson to headline Towersey festival

Oxford Mail: Virtuoso: Richard Thompson

11:18am Tuesday 28th January 2014

FOLK-rock pioneer Richard Thompson will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oxfordshire's Towersey Festival by headlining this summer's event.

Emotional folk impact - interview with folk artist Aoife O'Donovan

Oxford Mail: Emotional folk impact - interview with folk artist Aoife O'Donovan

1:05pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

Aoife O’Donovan defies categorisation with her storytelling that channels her Irish roots. Tim Hughes caught up with her ahead of her gig at The Art Bar

Dan le Sac and Scroobius Pip - Pair's rhymes and beats weave musical magic

Oxford Mail: Hip-hop with soul and a political conscience: Scroobius Pip, left, and Dan le Sac

1:01pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

Alternative rapper Scroobius Pip is back in action with ‘partner in rhyme’ Dan le Sac. He tells Tim Hughes it’s good to be together

Blur star Damon Albarn to headline Latitude Festival

Oxford Mail: All a Blur: Damon Albarn

4:50pm Monday 20th January 2014

Brit-pop star Damon Albarn is to top the bill at award-winning festival

Get yourself heard at a new musical masterclass

Oxford Mail: Andy Hill, a self-taught DJ, producer and show off, is co-ordinating the Beat This project

11:10am Thursday 16th January 2014

A free scheme launches tonight in Witney aimed at giving young musicians a voice. Tim Hughes finds out more about the project






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