The Oxford Waits

The Oxford Waits at the old Abbey Buildings, Abingdon 2019. Left to right: Ian Giles, Edwin Pritchard, Caroline Butler, Jon Fletcher & Tim Healey. (Photo Ed Nix)



Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon

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

With bar! Bar proceeds in aid of the Friends of Abingdon

7.30pm Tickets £12/£10 concessions from

Mostly Books, 36 Stert Street, Abingdon OXD14 3JP

Or from Tickets Oxford at the Oxford Playhouse  tel 01865 305305


Wootton nr Abingdon

Private function


Holywell Music Room, Oxford

A 17th-century Christmas

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

£14/£12 (concessions)

Tickets will be available available in October from:

Tickets Oxford at the Oxford Playhouse  tel 01865 305305

or phone Tim, tel 01865 249194


'Terrific entertainment’ Brian Kay, BBC Radio 3

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)

Edwin 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)


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

Caroline & Edwin
Edwin, Caroline & Ian
Jon & Tim
The 5-piece band
The Oxford Waits have often played for period dances, as here with the Vale Island Dancers in Oxford Town Hall (photo Chris Bates)