Morris men shake a leg to celebrate city’s Folk Weekend

The Oxford Times: Gloucestershire Morris Men in full voice on Saturday Gloucestershire Morris Men in full voice on Saturday

OXFORD Castle was stormed by an army of folk musicians at the weekend.

Morris men, ceilidh dancers, storytellers and a whole plethora of violinists, guitarists and singers swarmed through the city for this year’s Folk Weekend Oxford.

The merry throng took over venues from Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum to the Old Fire Station from Friday afternoon until late last night.

Among those performing were boyfriend and girlfriend duo Rebecca Cullen and Adam Rogers, who played their trip-hop-influenced folk on top of Castle Mound on Saturday.

Miss Cullen, 28, said: “We’ve never been to Oxford before and we really enjoyed it.”

Mr Rogers, 25, said: “It got so windy on top of the mound we ended up playing in a cafe at the castle, and the owners really liked it. We also played at the Old Fire Station in the afternoon, which was quite intimate and well received.”

The couple, originally from Manchester, live on a canal boat moored in Newbury, Berkshire, but said they planned to visit Oxford in the coming weeks for more gigs.

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