Eclectic Cabaret #6 was one of our best attended yet, so thanks to all who came to see our fantastic acts strut their stuff. If you missed it or want to re-live the glory, we've got videos of The White Horse Whisperers, Jon Bennett & Tatiana Soloviova, Mandolirium, and Ben Avison below for your audio-visual pleasure.
As ever, many thanks to the Wootton mafia for their help in organising the food, to Karen & Mark Fysh for unwavering support, and to Graham for being there to let us in at 5:30 and at midnight to let us out again.
White Horse Whisperers
White Horse Whisperers are a contemporary folk band from Faringdon, Oxfordshire. Formed in 2013 on the back of the musicians equivalent of a ‘lonely hearts’ ad (“anyone want to start a folk band?”) the versatile trio of multi-instrumentalists quickly established themselves on the local folk scene. With a growing repertoire of original material inspired by their diverse musical heritage, geographical and historical roots, interspersed with their own takes on traditional folk songs and tunes, the band combine strong vocals and harmonies with an ever growing collection of instruments to stirring effect.
Exhuberant and exciting live performers, White Horse Whisperers regularly play established venues such as Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot and The Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon, and have enjoyed supporting renowned folk artists such as Megson, The Willows and Johnny Coppin. They recently supported Sunday night headliners Leveret at Folk Weekend Oxford; a second consecutive appearance by WHW at one of the highlights of the UK folk festival calendar...
“...a wonderful Faringdon based folk trio who will get your feet tapping, your hands clapping and your legs itching to dance” –Cornerstone Arts Centre, 2015
Tatiana Soloviava & Jon Bennett
Tatiana is a music teacher currently in Oxford who specialises in Russian folk song and choral singing. In 2017 she paired with Jon Bennett (from the well known local folk group Moonrakers, www.moonrakers.net) and presented a concert of Folk Songs from Russia, UK and America at Harris Manchester College in October 2017. Tatiana plays guitar and ukulele, and Jon also plays bouzouki and recorder. This evening they will harmonise an eclectic mix of songs from their respective repertoires, including Russian and English versions of well known songs such as Those Were the Days. A cultural melting pot of sonic delights!
The Eclectic Cabaret welcomes the return of the foot-stomping, virtuoso mayhem that is Mandolirium.
We're delighted once more to have master songsmith Ben Avison, a captivating live performer who has been praised for his “beautifully rich voice”, “tasty guitar work” and hailed as a “master of many styles” by the BBC. Music critics from all over the world singled his 2013 debut album Good Day Mr. Magpie, describing his songwriting as “perceptive,” “authentic” and “inspiring”.
Ben is also known for working with several other great acts including The Moonbeams, Rise Kagona (of the Bhundu Boys), Count Drachma and Haula.
A second album is currently in production, with the first video single Lovers’ Leap will be available at the gig.
For more information: www.benavison.com