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Musicians provide a vibrant portrait of 17th century Oxford

By Herald Express  |  Posted: March 07, 2013

  • lively music: Folk musicians the Oxford Waits

  • WORLD RENOWNED: Guitarists Martin Taylor, left, and Tommy Emmanuel

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MISBEHAVING students, eccentric dons, and the mayhem of the Civil War come vividly to life when popular folk musicians the Oxford Waits visit Totnes.

Their entertaining concert, the Frolics of Oxford, provides a vibrant portrait of 17th century Oxford with street ballads, dance tunes, airs and rounds as well as contemporary readings from diarists and poets.

Their lively singing is supported by a whole array of period instruments, including lute, bagpipes, recorder, orpharion, shawm, hurdygurdy, baroque violin and percussion.

The five members of the Oxford Waits will be appearing dressed in full period costume at St Mary's Church Totnes on Saturday at 7.30pm.

The modern day Oxford Waits have performed at a wealth of festivals, churches, theatres and arts centres, as well as featuring on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.

They have released three CDs and members of Totnes Early Music Society are delighted to welcome back this entertaining band of outstanding musicians who gave a memorable performance when they appeared in 2009 as part of the Totnes Festival.

Tickets are available on the door.

THE West of England Regional Qualifying Championships for the National Brass Band Championships are being held on Saturday and Sunday at the Riviera Centre in Torquay.

A total of 76 bands with more than 3,000 players and supporters from all over the West Country will be at the centre for the occasion.

The bands will be competing for coveted places in the national finals.

Bands from Torbay and Totnes will be taking part in the fourth section on Saturday from midday onwards in the Arena, playing Eric Ball's Devon Fantasy.

WORLD-renowned acoustic guitarists Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor play the Barnstaple Queen's Theatre on Tuesday followed by the Exeter Corn Exchange on Wednesday.

MUSIC at the Blazing Saddles Country and Western Club at the Forde Hall Social Club in Newton Abbot on Tuesday night comes from Longsville.

The music starts at 7.45pm

TORBAY Symphony Orchestra have concerts this weekend, playing at Central Church in Torquay on Saturday and at St John's Church in Totnes on Sunday.

The programme includes works by Sibelius, Penderecki and Shostakovich.

Call 01548 810146 or email admin@torbaysymphony.org for more details.

THE ESPLANADES play at DT's in Belgrave Road, Torquay, tomorrow night. The music starts at 9pm.

THE Morrisons are at the Crown and Sceptre in St Marychurch, Torquay, on Saturday, playing from 9pm.

The band will be playing tracks from their new album due for release later in 2013 along with the usual mix of songs spanning their 30 years of songwriting.

THE Annika Skoogh Trio promise a relaxing evening of jazz, soul and Latin on Sunday at the Cott Inn, Dartington, starting from 8pm.

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