Music festival for creative therapy

Scarecrow, blues, folk and jazz
Scarecrow, blues, folk and jazz

MUSICIANS and performers have given their time for free for a one off event to raise money for charities which use creativity as therapy.

The Manor Farm Music Festival will be held in Ardley near Bicester, tomorrow Saturday, August 3 from midday.

Among the performers are the acoustic folk and jazz band Scarecrow, mathematician and ragtime and blues musician Giles Hayter, and Indie folk soloist Jossie Evans.

Scarecrow bass player Rey Lear said: “It’s going to be outside entertainment and I know there’s a big variety of music, ranging from chamber music to us.

“We’re an exciting mix of blues, folk and jazz. It promises to be a great day out.”

The festival wil raise funds for the Brackley based charity C.A.F.E. (Creative Activities For the Elderly) which provides care home residents with stimulating craft activities and Thomas’s Fund which provides music therapy for children with life limiting illness.

Organiser Frances Maksinski works with dementia patients and said: “People with advanced dementia can be non-verbal but can sometimes sing, so having music in the home really helps them communicate when isolated by the disease.”

This event is supported by the Freemasons of Oxon and members of St Edburg’s Lodge 9233. The festival evolved out of the lodge’s Ladies’ Day.

Tickets cost £22 per head, £8 for children aged 10 to 16 and are available from the Cyclogical Shop in Deddington and Wrighton’s in Fritwel. Under 10s enter for free.

The ticket price includes entertainment, parking, and food. A Bar is also available and a share of proceeds will go the charities.