The Oxford Waits take their name from a real-life band of city musicians, known as 'waits,' who flourished in Oxford during the 17th century. Performers appear in period costume, and concerts are enlivened by street ballads, dance tunes, airs and rounds
as well as readings from diarists and poets. Superb singing voices are matched by specialist skills in an array of period instruments.
A full band line-up consists of five performers, but the Oxford Waits are also represented by larger and smaller combinations
of musicians, as well as by individual artists in solo recitals. The Oxford Waits are available for public concerts - and for private events too, such as banquets, fairs, themed parties, school visits, weddings and Civil War re-enactments.
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The five piece:
Tim Healey (narrator, vocals, shawm, recorder, pandora)
Caroline Butler (vocals, baroque violin)
Edward Fitzgibbon (vocals, lute, theorbo, orpharion, tambourine)
Ian Giles (vocals, hurdy gurdy, percussion)
Edwin Pritchard (vocals,
fiddle, hurdy gurdy, nyckelharpa & hammered dulcimer)
Bagpipers Our line-up has often included a bagpiper, and over the years we have been privileged to play with Charles Spicer (a founder member),
Jon Boden, Giles Lewin, Andy Letcher, Sophie Matthews and Paul Saunders.
The 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. In 2006 they performed before her
Majesty the Queen at the Royal Opening of Oxford Castle.
For recordings, go to menu bar (top left)
For more on band members, go to menu bar (top left)
Tim and other members of the Oxford Waits presented a half hour BBC radio programme on the story of Britain's waits bands. To listen in, go to menu bar (top left): Waits on Radio 4.
For the story of the original 17th-century Oxford Waits, go to menu bar (top left): The Historic Band