John Jones, the charismatic lead singer of award-winning Oysterband, has been an avid walker for many years. “I had the crazy idea of walking to gigs a few years ago and somehow managed to persuade reluctant musicians and a smiling but sceptical agency to help. Rushing from gig to gig, crowded motorways, increased stress levels and time wasted staring out of tour bus windows at inviting hills rolling by just made me think: walking 20 miles, setting up in a pub, church, canalside…anywhere…was worth trying as a much-needed alternative. It caught people’s imagination...”
Starting in 2009, John combined his love of walking with his music and led a group of walkers and musicians from his home on the Welsh Borders, via the Wychwood Festival in Cheltenham, to the Big Session Festival then in Leicester. They walked during the day and either played a gig or enjoyed their own session in the evening.
Other walks followed each year taking in various parts of the country including The Ridgeway, parts of the White Horses trial, South Downs, Devon and, in 2015, the Lake District where he performed to a packed village hall in Threlkeld. Threlkeld will be welcoming him back in September for a double event – a ceilidh on the Friday (22nd) and a concert on the Saturday (23rd). Pre-booking will be essential based on past experience and numbers will be limited to 80 for the ceilidh and 120 for the concert. Both events start at 8pm, with the bar and box office open from 7:15pm. Tickets can be bought on-line by debit or credit card or by Paypal below or, if not already sold out, from the village hall coffee shop or village PO. Tickets are £12 for the ceilidh and £15 for the concert (half-price for under 18s). Box Office enquiries: 07733 790308. Tickets bought on-line can be collected from 7:15pm on the night.
Ceilidh Friday 22nd September 2017 FIRST BATCH of CEILIDH TICKETS SOLD OUT. More may be available in a few months. Concert tickets still available below.
Concert Saturday 23rd September 2017