A joyful tapestry of musical traditions

Doors open 7:30pm, music begins 8:00pm


Following several successes this year, we're thrilled that Starlings Sessions will be treating us to a fully-fledged set at one of our favourite hang-outs, the socially conscious brewery Tap Social Movement.

The music will span everything from soulful, beautiful acapella ballads to raucous rousing bangers. It is a joyful tapestry of languages and musical traditions with threads running through that unite us across cultures.

Afterwards, DJ Bossaphonik will continue the party until late! 


Starling Sessions

Think local, folk global! Starling Sessions is a global folk community orchestra, exploring traditional music from around the world through the people of Oxford. Each member of the band brings a song with them to share and together they create a musical mosaic of Oxford. Like the common starling, which makes its home anywhere and has a knack for learning the songs of other birds around it, they learn to sing the songs that have made their home in Oxford.


DJ Bossaphonik Badger

DJ Bossaphonik Badger began as a first-time DJ at a fancy dress party wearing a badger suit in around 2002. Playing in a local samba band ignited a love of Brazilian music which later spread to include all kinds of Latin, African and Jazz Dance Sounds with a bit of New Orleans and Balkan thrown in. A resident DJ at Oxford's monthly live music night Bossaphonik since about 2007, and a regular headliner at Wood Festival in Oxfordshire, Badger plays a wide range of feet-friendly syncopated sounds for the dancefloor. 


Presented by OCM, Tandem Collective and Tap Social Movement. 

Starling Sessions is funded by Oxfordshire Community Foundation, Swan Mountain Trust, Stanton Ballard Trust, Asylum Welcome, and Oxford City Council, with support from Oxford Refugee Health Initiative and Old Fire Station. This gig is a fundraiser to support the Starling Sessions, and your ticket purchase will help the project to continue. There will also be opportunities to support Starling Sessions on the night by buying some of their cool merch and/or making a donation.

Photo credits: Mark Hemming (cover image); logo artwork by Michael Hicks.