Oxjam Festival – Local Music – Global Impact – Fri 24th Oct
Tickets just £10 for seeing 6 amazing bands/musicians and all proceeds to go Oxfam.
Since Oxjam started in 2006, more than 45,000 musicians have played to more than a million people at thousands of venues nationwide. These events have raised a staggering £2 million! And that’s changing lives worldwide. Now you can be part of this great event by attending Oxjam at Taunton’s premier music and art centre, CICCIC. Click here to view Oxjam website.
This amazing line-up of songwriters, guitarists, bands and singers bring the whole spirit of Oxjam to life in Taunton on Friday 24th Oct and an excellent price for hearing from well-seasoned artists from a range of genres.
We are very excited to have:
- Darren Hodge
- Time Travellers
- Bob Gallie
- Big Noise Street Band (12-16 piece band)
- Dawn Moss
Licensed bar available. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
About The Bands
Darren James Hodge is a young man from Taunton, Somerset who is regarded by his peers as one of the top up and coming young guitarists in the country. After picking up his first guitar six years ago at the age of twelve Darren has been astounding audiences up and down the country with his ability and instrumental style of playing.
Darren has been very busy over the last couple of years and has already graced the stage with some of the top guitarists in the world including Tommy Emmanuel, Clive Carroll, Ben Hughes all of whom are at the top of their field and have backed Darren as a future star. He is also an endorsee of the UK’S leading guitar company Tanglewood Guitars who had no hesitation in backing Darren once they heard him perform.
All this has culminated in the completion of his first solo album “The Road To Nashville” which includes no less than seven pieces composed by Darren himself. All in the industry who have heard Darren perform agree that this young man is a star of the future.
In October 2013 he reached the final 10 of the BBC Radio 2 Young folk awards 2014 although he did not make the final 4 the experience was invaluable and he intends to apply again for 2015.
At the start of 2014 Darren was signed to Jelli Records on a full Management/Recording contract which has opened up a whole new chapter in his career. With Bigger venues and is now supporting some of the top artists in the country.
“Lazibyrd have shown that they have all the necessary ingredients to take it to the next level and are definitely one to watch” FRUK.
Award winning Lazibyrd, South West Music Awards, best folk act of 2013, are Sharon Martin, vocals, violin and ukelele and Tom Chapman guitar and vocals.
They play energetic, passionate, original folk with clever lyrics and beautiful music. Their debut album, Under the Sky, has been critically acclaimed and received extensive radio airplay including BBC Introducing, BBC 6 and BBC Bristol. Bob Harris has described it as “a lovely album” and they recently recorded a session for him and the WBBC. They were included on the FATEA showcase sessions in 2013 and were shortlisted for a Dave Swarbrick EP in 2014 featuring songs by emerging artists and they were invited to support Dave Swarbrick as part his tour in May 2014 at The Colston Hall.
They have engaged audiences across the South and in Ireland with their heart felt performances and excellent musicianship and have performed at many festivals and prestigious venues.
“As well as their beautiful harmonies and captivating musicianship, lyrically they offer a refreshingly frank view of modern life which, wrapped in a joyful melody and their own sense of enjoyment, makes for music that is sure to resonate with any listener.” Thank folk for that.
Ex Frontman for Brian Tatler from Diamond Head, Bob Gallie sings from the soul, going back to his roots playing acoustic songs with broken melodies and diverse lyrics…searching for a better world.
Bob is a talented songwriter and singer with a history of playing at most festivals around the UK. His work is focused on looking deep into life with great tunes from his acoustic guitar. An honour to have him play at Creative Innovation Centre and a performance not to be missed.
This New Orleans Style street band of musicians from Taunton and Somerset, is celebrating it’s third birthday this September.
Described variously as: The real reason ‘Rock a bye baby’ fell out of the tree. Funky Jazz Folk, Somerset swamp, Celebration & Get down and party music. Also as: Not for sitting down, ‘Give it some beans’, Skull rattling, Energy music.
Band leader Tim Hill is a musician and composer who has lived in Somerset for nearly ten years. He has been musical director for companies like Welfare State International, Cirque Bijou, Liverpool Lantern Company and Salisbury Festival and many others. He runs the bands Tongues of Fire, The Big Noise Street Band, a community band, and the outdoor performance group Rag and Bone.
Devon born Dawn picked up the guitar at 15 and has been writing ever since. Since moving to London a few years back Dawn has sung backing for the likes of Amy Studt and Leddra Chapman and is now penning her debut EP ‘Ocean’ this autumn. With haunting melody lines and beautiful lyrics filled with stories of personal journeys in love and life, Dawn breaks right through to your soul and keeps you listening.
This 4 piece band from Somerset have a range of well seasoned musicians and song writers that know how to rock and play a range of original and covered music. Listening to this band will certainly put you in the Oxjam festival mood and with a wide repertoire you are guaranteed a unique music experience.