American sounds ring out in garden

Crowds at the Isis Farmhouse enjoyed the summer sun and the music

Crowds at the Isis Farmhouse enjoyed the summer sun and the music

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CHILDREN and adults danced to American music at a mini festival in an Oxford pub garden.

About 550 people attended the Halfway to Seventy-Five festival at the Isis Farmhouse pub, Iffley Lock, on Saturday.

It featured local bands, including The Knights of Mentis, Ward Thomas, Jess Roberts and Swindleshock, playing traditional American music.

The Oxford Times:

Nick Cope

There was also a pop-up cookery school and East Oxford musician Nick Cope played children’s songs.

Amy Francis, 31, from East Oxford, attended with husband Matthew Leake and children Jay, one, and Sol, five.

She said: “It was the first time I had been to a festival in a beer garden but would definitely go again.

“It was relaxed and safe for the kids to run around, with some good music for everyone.”

Organiser Will Banks came up with the festival name because he was 37-and-a-half when he launched the event last year.

The Rose Hill resident, now 38, said: “There was a broad spectrum of music, including country, rockabilly, rock and roll, jazz and American roots music.

“It’s music I love and there’s clearly plenty of others who like it too.”

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