Summer of Music with Make Music In Abingdon

Make Music In Abingdon – Gigs All Summer

We are back again with a summer of events.

Monthly showcase events will take place at the Loose Cannon Taproom on the 3rd Thursday of every month. These provide an opportunity for local performers to showcase their original or unusual covers to an attentive audience, and for local live music lovers to experience some new music. Doors open at 7:30pm with first act starting soon after, so please arrive early to catch all the performers. Entrance is free, but donations are encouraged to cover the expenses involved in putting on these events. Reservations can be made via the Loose Cannon Taproom web site.

The first event is on 21st April and features:

  • Hogerswolf : Andy Hogger writes original folklore prog rock inspired songs. His second EP “Catrice & The Others Than They Are” is being launched on 29th April.
  • Alcon Blue : Brand new 4-piece funk/rock band, serving up soulful song-lead originals
  • Firegazer : Original alternative folk. Or in the words of Oxford’s Nightshift magazine “Dark inventive folk”. They have just released a new album New Beginnings which you can find on Spotify

More information will be coming soon about the future dates including Make Music Day on June 21st which will include workshops and performances in the afternoon and gigs in the evening at various venues around town.

Note that acts listed on the poster above are subject to change.

Remember also that Abingdon has a good live music scene

  • Live music up to 4 times a week at the Old Anchor including open mics, showcases and good local bands and solo performers.
  • The Brewery Tap has live music every Saturday evening from 9pm and Sundays from 5pm featuring all kinds of styles and genres
  • Northcourt Music at Abingdon Football club which has top tribute acts and more.
  • Music at the Unicorn which has a program including some of the UK’s top mainly folk based performers.
  • Other venues include Nags Head (most Friday evenings), Kings Head & Bell (most Saturday evenings), Tipsy Mercer (most Saturday evenings) and occasional gigs at Royal British Legion, Spread Eagle, Broad Face, White Horse.

Your Music Showcase #5

Our first showcase of 2020 has three local Oxfordshire acts on the bill, and we look forward to an afternoon with The Factory Lights, Danny Mellin and Sarah Derrick.

Free entry. Donations welcome.

There is a bar/café.

Meet the first artist:
Sarah Derrick Music is a 24 year old singer-songwriter making waves performing around Oxfordshire. Her combination of vocals and percussive guitar take influence from pop, R’n’B, soul and country which she blends to create a unique and infectious sound. You can expect powerful, passionate vocals, meaningful and frank lyricism, and melodies that you will be replaying in your head long after she is finished.

Listen to Sarah’s latest single here:…

Our second performer on Sunday:
Young singer/songwriter Danny Mellin hails from Oxfordshire and started writing music at a very young age, releasing his first song ‘Without You’ at just 14 years old. Delivered with a strong vocal, Danny’s songs range from acoustic ballads to melodic indie pop anthems full of youthful energy.
Listen to some of Danny’s music here:

Finishing off on Sunday: The Factory Lights
The Factory Lights is a spin off project by Ant Kelly (The Shapes) singing soft gentle songs about life on the Cowley Road and Growing Older. They released an EP in 2015 titled The Old School Wall and are now recording their debut album.
Listen to The Old School Wall here:

Winter Workshops

Make Music Winter Workshops.

There are four free workshops on Saturday 21st December. Percussion, Ukelele, Harmonica, Guitar and an Irish Session.

They take place in various rooms of the historic Abingdon Guild Hall.

The timings of the workshops are staggered so you can attend more than one of them if you want.

As some of the workshops are expected to be very popular, it is recommended that you reserve a place using the forms at the bottom of each workshop’s event page.

Percussion workshop with Andy Wilkin

3pm in the Guildhall.

An hour with things that go Bang. Try your hand on congas, bongoes and cajon. Play with some rhythms and explore the root of all music.

Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Reserve a space

Ukulele workshop with Simon & Jakob

2:15pm in the Guildhall

Whatever size you and your ukulele are, you can join the UKULELE WORKSHOP.
Got a ukulele getting dusty in a corner? Already enjoy playing it but want to join a group? Come and get together to learn to play a few songs and have a bit of fun. You’ll need to bring along your ukulele.

Aimed at both beginners and intermediate learners.
Children and young people aged 14 or younger should bring along a grown up and get them to join in as well.

Reserve a space

Harmonica workshop with Fancy Wootton

2pm in the Guildhall

For harmonica players of all abilities. Audience 13 +
Please bring your own C harmonica with you (there may also be some to purchase on the day).What will be covered: history, playing styles, types of harmonicas, amplified, mics etc.

Chance to jam with Artisan Blues Trio later in the afternoon.

Reserve a space

Advanced guitar workshop with Joe Hicks

3:30pm in the Guildhall

How to fit in – advanced guitar techniques in songwriting and arranging

The CAGED system and how to use it to arrange guitar parts

How to think and play guitar more ‘musically’ – how to fit in and add value to any song/jam/recording 

For intermediate to advanced guitar players Guitar required – any type 

Reserve a space

Irish Session with Bill McKinnon

3pm in the back bar of the Punchbowl

An afternoon Irish music session hosted by popular local musician Bill McKinnon. Bring a fiddle, guitar, whistle, bodhran or other suitable instrument and join in with some tunes… or come along to listen.

No need to reserve a space for this, just turn up, buy a beer and join in.

Make Music Winter – Musicians Wanted

For our Make Music Winter Festival on 21st December we have some available slots during the day for musicians.
We are looking for mainly – but not exclusively – original music, and we can cater for semi-acoustic setups (no full drum kits and the like).

There will be live music on from 2 pm and until 8-9 pm, and it will take place in two rooms in The Guildhall:
Smaller acoustic acts in The Old Magistrate’s Court and slightly bigger/louder acts in the Roysse Room.
If you would like to apply for a slot (30-45 minutes) at our Make Music Winter festival, then fill in this Google form before 7th December, and we will get back to you shortly after that.

Make Music Abingdon is a non-profit organisation working to get more original music showcased in Abingdon and to encourage music making. Our objective is also to make music accessible to all, which is why we never charge people to attend our events.

We do not have a big budget but rely on grants and donations, so we cannot pay you a big fee, but we can offer you some free snacks/drinks and hopefully a bit of “petrol money”