Leighton’s been buzzing like never before as artists of all ages and abilities have strutted their stuff for Oxjam – the annual music festival in aid of Oxfam’s mission to fight poverty worldwide.
This week sees the grand finale with something for everybody from bluegrass to jazz and from popular show tunes to choral music.
Most gigs are free with retiring collections for the charity.
On Friday (March 31) it’s dancing shoes required as Milton Keynes’ favourite covers band Murphy’s Law plays well-known but unusual covers at The Golden Bell in Church Square from 8.30pm until late.
There will also be an open mic night at The Dukes, Heath and Reach, courtesy of Melody Makers Club. Just bring your instruments and show off your talent and your voice to an appreciative audience.
Buffalo – a five-piece band playing American bluegrass, blues and gospel numbers with close harmony vocals – will be at All Saints Church in Church Square from 11am to 12.30pm on Saturday (April 1).
And on Sunday (April 2) start the day at Leighton Buzzard Railway with The Sue Hill Trio featuring Sue on vocals, Mike Holmes on sax and Andy Faulkner on guitar.
They’ll be playing three sessions of railway-inspired jazz at Pages Park Station, Billington Road – from 11.45am to 12.30pm, 1.20pm to 2.15pm and 3.25pm to 4.10pm.
Buy a train ticket (adults £10, seniors £8.50, children £6) and enjoy the music for free, with a collection for Oxfam.
St Mary’s Church in Eaton Bray will host a spring concert from the South Beds Concert Band at 3pm. There will be a rich mix of popular show tunes, music from the movies and much more. Tickets are £2 on the door, with a retiring collection for Oxfam.
Then it’s off to St Barnabas Church in Linslade for a concert at 4pm, celebrating 40 years of choral music-making featuring Herbert Howell’s Requiem and Lamentations of Jeremiah by Thomas Tallis. This will be followed by tea and cake at 5pm and choral evensong from 6pm to 7pm. Tickets to the concert are £5, evensong is free but there will be a retiring collection.
Last but not least – the Sunday session open mic at The Swan in Northall from 8pm until late. All are welcome – musicians, comedians, poets – or just come to enjoy the music and beer.
> More info at www.oxjamleightonbuzzard.org.uk