PO Box 10, Oxford, OX1 1EN
Tel 01865 249811
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Tuesday 27th October 2015
Donovan Philips Leitch (born 1946 in Maryhill, Glasgow), better known as simply Donovan, is a Scottish singer, songwriter, and musician. Originally a 60s folk singer, as the decade progressed Donovan cultivated his own unique eclectic sound, mixing elements of folk, pop, jazz, world music and more, often with a twinge of psychedelia. His most well-known work was suffused with altruistic political overtones, making him an iconic figure of the “flower power” counter-culture of the 60s.
Donovan came to fame in the United Kingdom in early 1965 with a series of live performances on the television pop series, Ready Steady Go!. He first hit the charts in 1965 with his single “Catch the Wind”, continuing on with a string of hits, most of them produced by Mickie Most. Donovan’s 1966 Sunshine Superman marked not only a transition to the burgeoning psychedelic scene, but is also viewed as a formative album in its genre, inspiring countless contemporaries. His 1967 double album A Gift From A Flower To A Garden-the first major album released as a boxed set-completed the transition from beat poet folkster to hippie troubadour.
As a close friend of The Beatles, he travelled with them to India during their stay at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and taught them the “clawhammer” finger-picking style, which is featured on several tracks on their seminal 1968 double album The Beatles, better known as “The White Album.”
Donovan's career went through a revival of sorts with the emergence of Britain's rave scene in the 90s. As a result, his most famous works were reissued, and once again viewed favourably by critics. With the release of the back-to-basics Rick Rubin-produced Sutras in 1996, Donovan's career settled into a comparatively steady stream of new releases, coupled with archival material and various reissues.
The legendary singer was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Song Hall of Fame 2014.
Please note we do not have a box office here at the venue. Tickets went on Sale Friday 26 June 2015, the main box office is Tickets Oxford at the Oxford Playhouse on 01865305305 but will also be available from Ticketline, The Museum of Oxford Gift Shop and We Got Tickets
Sunday 1st May 2016
That's All Folks...
BELLOWHEAD - The Farewell Tour
After 12 amazing years, the UK’s most successful folk band Bellowhead are calling it a day. The band plan to mark their departure in characteristically ambitious style and have announced a two-part farewell tour in November 2015 and April 2016. Their final show on May Day, 1st May 2016, will be an intimate concert at Oxford Town Hall, the very same venue where it all began.
Formed, just for fun in 2004 they never imagined that one day they’d be headlining festivals and selling out tours of major concert halls. From their first self-released EP, Bellowhead have gone on to record 5 studio albums of which they have sold over 250,000 copies. Hedonism, their 3rd album, was recorded at legendary Abbey Road and is the highest selling independently released folk album of all time. They are proud recipients of 2 silver discs, have won 8 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, released a songbook with Faber, spent 8 years as Artists in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre, recorded theme tunes for The Archers and The Simpsons at the request of the producers, and brewed their own beer... Twice! In 2014 the band signed to prestigious major label Island Records and released Revival, which entered the UK Album Charts at no.12 and led to 3 BBC Radio 2 play-listed singles and appearances on mainstream TV.
The band said ’It’s in keeping with all the musical and theatrical traditions that make Bellowhead what it is, that we will end at our peak and leave the audience wanting more. The shows always finish on a high, and so should we.’ Bellowhead have performed in front of hundreds of thousands of people and their sheer joy of performing and infectious energy has earned them loyal and enthusiastic audiences, who have made this big party juggernaut all worthwhile. These two tours will be the last chance for people to see one of the most outstanding live bands ever.
We will include any updates on here when we get them, in the meantime visit their website.
Please note we do not have a box office here at Oxford Town Hall so if you have any issue with tickets refer to SEE tickets or call 0844 811 0051.
Upcoming events will be updated shortly
Oxford Town Hall welcomes you to listen and enjoy our world famous Father Willis organ played by the city's finest organists. Tickets are £4 and come with complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits. Performances take place from 12pm-1pm - Confirmed dates are as follows:
23rd September, 28th October and 25th November.
Tea & cake & Dancing £2.50 on some Wednesdays from 2pm to 4.30pm - Current confirmed dates for 2015 are:
9th September, 23rd September, 7th October, 28th October, 11th November, 25th November and 16th December.
Ceroc Oxford hold dance classes at Oxford Town Hall. Beginner and intermediate followed by freestyle. Open to all.
Every Monday (except Bank Holidays) 7.30 - 10.30pm
Charges: £8, concessions £6, £35 for 5 weeks or £70 for 10 weeks.
Please see the Ceroc Oxford website for further details.
Mondays from 12.10 - 12.55pm, Oxford Town Hall.
Every Monday except Bank Holidays, £3 per person. Prepare yourself to party. You will shake your hips, shimmy and smile the hour away. Up to 1000 calories will be burnt in just one class. The moves are simple and you will love the music. No stress, no worry, just fun. There are no wrong moves so just come and join the party. For more information contact Vicki Galvin, GO Active Coordinator on 01865 252720 or email@example.com
Every Tuesday, 8pm, Judge's Room. Oxford Buddhist Group meets once a week for a guided meditation on the 16th Karmapa. These meditation classes are suitable for all who wish to learn to meditate.
For newcomers there is always a short introduction to Buddhism and brief explanations on how to meditate.
They regularly hold courses on Buddhism and Buddhist meditation classes, guided by experienced practitioners and travelling teachers appointed by Lama Ole Nydahl. All weekly guided meditation classes are free of charge.
Further information on Diamond Way Buddhism UK website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01865 958008.