Take your partner by the hand to Oxjam’s Big Barn Dance

Ouzel Valley Ranters
Ouzel Valley Ranters

Leighton Buzzard’s Oxjam festival continues apace this weekend with the Big Barn Dance, held at Brooklands Social Club, Leighton on Friday night (March 6).

The Ouzel Valley Ranters will be providing a lively mix of traditional dance and folk tunes from across Britain and the world, and with expert guidance from caller Katrina Grant, participants of all ages and abilities are invited to turn up, take to the floor, and try out some moves.

Featuring in the band line-up is multi-talented John Wearmouth, well known locally as an organist and choral leader, Oxjam stalwarts Andrew King and Edmund Flach on bass and guitar respectively, and fiddle player Katrina Grant. (And yes, there are two Katrina Grants in the band – both from Scotland - which makes for some confusion!)

“Barn dances are great fun for all ages - you can join in and have a great time even if you don’t really know what you’re doing,” says fiddler Katrina.

“We’re delighted to be back for a second year running as part of the Oxjam festival.”

The event begins at 7.30pm. As well as a bar at the venue, there will be half time entertainment from another live band, The Situators.

Tickets cost £5 and are available from Gill on (07857) 851164.

Other Oxjam gigs this week are:

Also on Friday, The Wheatsheaf’s regular Open Mic session, from 9pm, offers performers the chance to take to the stage. Arrive early to sign up and guarantee your spot.

On Saturday, March 7, local singer songwriter Keziah Young brings her unique rich tones and guitar accompaniment to the Stag, Heath and Reach Road, from 8.30pm.

On Sunday, March 8, the Natasha Seale Trio performs at the Green House, High Street, from 7pm. Tickets are £15, and there’ll be a collection for Oxjam. Also on Sunday, it’s Open Mic Night at Mr Ridgeways, Lake Street, from 7.30pm. A number of booked acts including Foreign Ground and Mattie Riley with Harry Lowther are already confirmed, but there’ll also be open slots if you fancy giving it a go.