THOUSANDS of music-lovers will enjoy performances across the city for Folk Weekend Oxford which starts today.

The festival, which is run by volunteers, was launched in 2012 and has grown every year, with performances from local and national folk artists and groups.

City centre streets will be filled with the sound of piano accordions as Morris dancing sides entertain passers-by.

Folk Weekend Oxford director Cat Kelly, 36, who lives near Witney with husband Euan McGill, daughter Faye, nine, and Thomas, seven, said she was delighted with this year’s line-up.

She added: “I’m proud of the fantastic programme we have pulled together this year – this is our biggest weekend yet.”

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan are returning to the festival, which finishes on Sunday, and this time they will be headliners.

Miss Kelly, left, is pictured at the launch of the festival with musicians Barry Pearce, Heather White and Faye Moore-McGill, nine.