Churchfitters strike a chord in Banbury

FAIRPORT Convention’s Dave Pegg is urging music lovers to see Celtic rock band The Churchfitters at The Mill Theatre in Banbury on January 29.

The highly-respected Brittany-based band is greatly admired by the Fairport gang, who were delighted to invite The Churchfitters to play at the Cropredy Festival.

“I’m really pleased they’re playing at The Mill and if I wasn’t playing elsewhere I’d definitely be there to see them,” said Pegg. “They received a standing ovation at Cropredy and those who see them at The Mill next weekend will understand why.”

Band members come from England, Ireland and France, and their tunes unite rhythms of rock, pop and jazz with traditional music.

Vocals and an array of acoustic instruments including fiddle, double bass, bouzouki, flute, saxophone, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, whistle and mandolin create their sound. A large dose of humour and a measure of eccentricity also make for entertaining performances.

Band member Rosie Short can play a range of instruments including whistle, flute, saxophone, banjo, dulcimer and ukulele.

Fiddle player Chris Short writes most of the group’s instrumentals, plays the mandolin, whistle and sings vocal harmonies. He is also a master of the musical saw. Belfast native Topher Loudon sings lead vocals, writes songs, and plays rock-influenced guitar and bouzouki rhythms.

Frenchman Boris Lebret’s collection of instruments includes a double bass made out of recycled pieces, a six-string ‘frying pan’ bass banjo, and a bass thumb piano made from hacksaw blades.

The show starts at 8pm. Tickets range from £12 to £14. Contact the box office at The Mill on 01295 279002. Visit for further details.