The 5-piece band in the old Abbey Buildings, Abingdon (photo Ed Nix)
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)
Ian Giles (vocals, hurdy gurdy, percussion)
Pritchard (vocals, fiddle, hurdy gurdy, nyckelharpa & hammered dulcimer)
Jon Fletcher (vocals, lute, cittern)
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)