The Oxford Waits

Edward Fitzgibbon, Tim Healey, Caroline Butler, Edwin Pritchard & Ian Giles (inset)


Caroline Butler


A 17th-century Christmas

Swerford (nr Chipping Norton)

5-piece: Tim, Caroline, Ian, Edward & Edwin

Further details tbc


A 17th-century Christmas

Holywell Music Room, Oxford

5-piece: Tim, Caroline, Ian, Edward & Edwin

3.30pm & 7.30pm

£14/£12 (concessions)

Tickets onsale now at the Oxford Playhouse Box Office!

Online at  tel 01865 305305

or phone Tim, tel 01865 249194


'Terrific entertainment’ Brian Kay, BBC Radio 3

Edward Fitzgibbon

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.

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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)

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.

Go to menu bar (top left) for more information on recordings, band members, a Radio 4 programme, and the historic Oxford Waits who played in the streets of the 17th-century city.

Samples of our music can be heard on the Recordings page on the menu bar (top left)

What people have said...

Ian Giles

‘A great show… terrific entertainment’ Brian Kay, BBC Radio 3

‘Hugely enjoyable, great entertainment and appealing to a wide age range.'
Chris Jaeger, Speaking Volumes Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

'What an explosion of vitality... a packed audience not only loved it but raised the roof with a round performance of Great Tom is Cast.'
Hugh Vickers, Oxford Times reviewer at the Holywell Music Room

'A thoroughly delightful evening's entertainment and good fellowship'
Stratford-upon-Avon Herald (review of our show at Shakespeare's Church)


Edwin Pritchard

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 appearances. 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.

Bookings: tel 01865 249194

Tim Healey (Director)
Iffley Church, March 2014
Guy Fawkes Night at the Victoria Arms in Marston
Christmas event at the Story Museum in Oxford
The original line-up, featuring Charles Spicer
The Oxford Waits have often played for period dances, as here with the Vale Island Dancers in Oxford Town Hall (photo Chris Bates)
Edward, Caroline and Edwin on the roof of the Guildhall at Abingdon, where we played on Saturday 14 May 2016


Giles Lewin & Ian Giles, two mainstays of the Swyndelstock team

Besides directing the Oxford Waits, Tim Healey also leads the mediaeval band, Swyndelstock.

See Menu (top left) for more about Swyndelstock

May Morning Oxford

From a 17th-century ballad sheet, 'The May-Day Country Mirth'

Tim has developed a new site devoted to popular May Day celebrations in Oxford. This includes much 17th-century material. Visit