Oxjam 2014 opened at the Raven Theatre at Cedars Upper School with four-and-a-half hours of music, ranging from the close harmonies of 227 Laurel Canyon to the big band sound of Orchestral Manoeuvres in Jazz.
There were also performances by The Situators, Chasm, local folk group Barricade and jazz starlet Natasha Seale, plus the massed voices of Rock Chorus.
It was also the launch of the new Leighton Buzzard Oxjam CD, comprising 18 tracks by local musicians and groups. The CD gives over an hour of some of the best songs and tunes written and performed by local artistes. The CDs will be available at festival events, at the Oxfam shop and A Touch of Class, in Bridge Street.
Week three of Oxjam continues with a load more gigs booked into venues in and around the town.
Wednesday: Greensand jazz session, featuring pianist Mike Gorman, drummer Ronnie Fenn, and Leighton’s own Arnie Somogyi on double bass, Black Lion pub, Leighton High St.
The world-class trio of professionals, who make regular appearances at the Greensand sessions staged monthly at the Heath Inn, Heath and Reach, will be playing from 8pm.
Thursday: Young soloists from local schools hold an instrumental concert, organised by Inspiring Music, at Leighton Middle School, 8pm; The Sun pub’s regular Open Mic night.
Friday: The Oxjam band sessions at the Wheatsheaf feature live performances from Social Resin,The Fabulators, My Jaike, and Mark Philpott; Accoustic sessions at The Ashwell Arms. All welcome to play, sing or just listen.
Saturday: Leighton Buzzard High Street, 10am-4pm, live music from Chylde Owlet, The Band ‘Isabelle’, Kisa Austin, Chasm, Ukie Toones, The 38s, and Leighton Buzzard Music Centre; The Green House, High St, from 7.30pm, cafe concert featuring Red Diamond.
Monday: Old Farm Inn, Castle Hill Road, Totternhoe - a rousing St Patrick’s Night open folk session from 7pm.