With the Oxford Folk festival looming on the horizon it was fascinating to witness performances by some talented young musicians at the forefront of what, I suppose, could be described as an underground resurgence of 'new' folk music, in the cosy surroundings of Wytham Village Hall on Friday night (February 19).

The evening, which featured musicians probably more at home in London - where they appear at the Betsey Trotwood pub in Farringdon Road under The Latern Society banner - was part of a short tour of village halls organised by the founders of the society, Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou. Appearing alongside Lantern Society regulars Jack Day, Pepe Belmonte and Benjamin Folke Thomas were Oxford duo the Celanites and Steventon's very own Robin Bennett, of Goldrush and Truck festival organising fame.

A value-for-money money line-up at just a fiver a ticket, so it was a shame that the lack of local publicity for the event meant that the musicians and their friends appeared to considerably outnumber paying punters - but this didn't seem to concern the performers on the night.

Highlights for me were Benjamin Folke Thomas, a Swedish singer-songwriter, and the headline act husband and wife duo, Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou.

Folke Thomas's song Dusty Part of Heaven is an instant classic, and he is a remarkably elegant and stylish guitarist.

Trevor and Hannah-Lou reminded me of early Everything But the Girl, with quirky, nicely arranged songs about allotments and the Concorde.

It was great to see such a collection of spirited performers in such an intimate venue – but they all certainly deserve a much wider audience. Maybe next time . . .

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