Breathing new life into tales of love, betrayal, witchcraft and children's playground stories

7.30pm doors, 8pm concert

Tickets: £14 (£10 concession) / Online via Tickets Oxford / 01865 305 305 / In person at Oxford Playhouse

A singer who seems to have been born knowing how to carry a tune, but with the rarer gift of knowing how to go straight to the heart of a song. She combines vision, inspiration and outstanding musicianship into a fresh and original exploration of how we use songs, stories and music to understand what it means to be human. With The Hurricane Party, Fay breathes new life into tales of love and betrayal, witchcraft, and children’s playground games.

Fay Hield was the brain behind The Full English, an academic archive project sponsored by the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Many of the finest early 20th century folksong collections were brought together for the first time, and to celebrate this Fay developed a supergroup of folk performers, touring for two years, winning Best Group and Best Album at the 2013 BBC Folk Awards and earning Fay a nomination for Folk Singer of the Year. Fay is also an academic, lecturing in Music at the University of Sheffield, specialising in the role folk music plays in the construction of communities.

Fay Hield – voice
Sam Sweeney  – fiddle, voice (The Full English, Bellowhead, Leveret, Made in the Great War)
Rob Harbron  – concertina, fiddle, voice (The Full English, Leveret, Made in the Great War)
Ben Nicholls  – double bass (The Full English, Seth Lakeman Band)
Toby Kearney – percussion
Roger Wilson – guitar, fiddle, voice