UK singer-songwriter Demi Marriner landed the Number 1 spot on the iTunes UK Country Albums Chart just 48 hour after the release of debut EP ‘Tracks and Trails’, before going on to reach Number 3 with her debut single on the iTunes Country Singles charts with Learn To Love’ just seven months later followed closely with a Number 2 slot with second EP ‘Dandelion.’
Since, Demi has gone on to record numerous BBC sessions including those with BBC West Midlands, BBC Introducing, BBC Gloucester and a session on Amazing Radio with BBC Radio 2 presenter Baylon Leonard.
Demi has also received television recognition with Sky/Freeview channel ‘Keep It Country’, who continue to play her music videos.
Demi has been able to build a great following and had the chance to play some incredible shows, including opening for the sensational Rufus Wainwright at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham, receiving a wonderful response from the 2000 people in attendance.
As well as this, Demi has supported names like Lucy Spraggan, Jon Gomm, Tia McGraff (Canadian country singer and songstress), BJ Barham (lead singer of US band American Aquarium), as well as performing on the Firestone and Amstel stages at Birminghams biggest arena’s ahead of shows for Elton John, Miranda Lambert, Nashville Live, and Take That amongst many others.
Demi has been nominated for a BCMA Award for ‘Horizon Act of the Year 2017’ and is set to release her brand new single ‘Snakes and Ladders’ at the end of the year.
Very excited to have Demi here at The Abingdon Arms!
Lee Muldoon is an extremely versatile and talented acoustic guitarist and vocalist- who has been going from strength to strength since his appearance on the X Factor. His set now includes a huge range of covers from 50s through to unique twists on the current charts
Talk about Littlemore Hospital by Prof John Stewart
The massively talented singer/songwriter Devon Mayson is back and will be performing her catalogue of country /folk /pop influenced songs. Her album has won her a number three position in the iTunes Country chart and has been described by BBC’s Andrew Marston as “Beautiful songs from an artist who’s been our BBC Introducing Track of the Week on so many occasions”.
There will be a whole range of real local ale and cider, local and guest acoustic artists and bands; expect Folk, Americana, Country and some unexpected twists along the way! There will be plenty of family fun including a colouring-in corner, professional FREE face-painting, giant jenga and a treasure hunt to boot! **ALL RAISING MONEY FOR ‘MAGGIE’S OXFORD’, a local charity offering free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends. Anyone clicking ‘JOIN’ on the event on Facebook gets immediately entered into a prize draw for a Beckfest 19 goody bag - worth £50!!
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Jake Rizzo has commanded stages for years, playing in hundreds of venues across the UK. Jake strives to captivate any room with his soulful tones and boundless energy in his performances. Inspired by the likes of Ben Rector, Hudson Taylor and James Bay…Solo vocals and acoustic guitar- with a great octave range and an ability to bring the crowd onto his level.
‘City of Inspiration: The role of Oxford in the life and work of Evelyn Waugh and as catalyst for new writing in 2019'’
Join us for a dynamic evening of readings and discussion as we welcome Dr Barbara Cooke (Co - Executive Editor of the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh) back to the Abingdon Arms, to read from her 2018 publication, Evelyn Waugh's Oxford. Dr Cooke will be in good company as she will be joined by poet, Dr Robert M. Francis and playwright, Ms Sophie Swithinbank, both of whom will be performing readings of new, Oxford - inspired writing, created during their time as the 2019 David Bradshaw Creative Writers in Residence, at Worcester College and the Bodleian Library.
For more information about the Complete Works project, The David Bradshaw Creative Writing Residency and our guest speakers, please visit: https://www2.le.ac.uk/projects/evelyn-waugh
‘'Lost Voices: The Last Victorian and The Confidential Clerk' - Mary Stuck. R. D. Blackmore and A. E. Coppard, although little read now, have close local connections which will be of interest in the community.