Music At The Crossroads

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Music at the Crossroads (or M@C) is Hook Norton’s very own village music festival.

Since 2001 the music festival has raised and donated over £67,000 through the Hook Norton Charitable Association.

Music at the Crossroads 2014 will be on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st May; Buy Tickets Online now!


FRIDAY MAY 30th                 Gates open at 18.00

19.00   Acoustic Leatherat      (

Whether it’s the full line-up or stripped down and acoustic, Leatherat always deliver top class folk rock with total commitment. Hear songs from their latest album, ‘Snake Eyes’ an amazing way to kick off the weekend!

19.45   Jonny Maguire            (

Standing at the forefront of a new generation of young British recording artists, “Maguire’s heartfelt lyrics and authentic vocals beguile and surprise as the melodies unfold and the stories are revealed”.

20.30   No Tools Required      (

An established local covers band playing a wide range of songs. NTR have a good time and ensure their audiences do likewise! They kindly tell us that playing at M@C is always a highlight!

21.15      Tess of the Circle       ( )

Fresh from their Bob Harris BBC RADIO 2 Session we will hear tracks from their latest album ‘Thorns’.

“A wonderful record” – Bob Harris; “Janice loves Tess Of The Circle”- Janice Long; “Not to be ignored” – Mojo

22.00   Pete Watkins Band     (

Popular Hooky singer, Pete Watkins along with Gary on bass and Andy on Drums and joined by the amazing Becky on vocals! Expect a set of well-known songs and maybe some surprises!


SATURDAY MAY 31st              Gates open at 13.00

13.30   Second Season           

Take 3 home-grown musicians; work up individual arrangements of popular songs, perform them with fine vocals, guitar virtuosity, rhythm and style, you get Second Season. We proudly present them to open the Saturday fayre.

14.05   Spank the Monkey     (

Celebrate their 20th anniversary, interrupting a busy tour and album recording to perform their high energy R & B at M@C. Andy, Phil, Dave, Martin and Paul thank all their loyal followers for their support over the past two decades.

14.50   Rachel Gittus and Canadian Dave  (             

Uncompromising, passionate and real are just a few words to describe Rachel’s music.  Enhanced by Dave’s fiddle wizardry, his impressive achievements include playing fiddle with The Popes (the Pogues ex Shane).

15.25   The Psychedelic Raiders         (                    

A three piece band built around the incendiary psychedelic guitar playing of Ian Staples, there in 1967 sharing stages with Pink Floyd, David Bowie & Marc Bolan. Bass Jonny Seagroatt (Comus / Current 93) and drums Chris Hills.

16.10   Scarecrow       (                                        

An Oxfordshire based acoustic band playing folk music but with something different, instrumentals, songs and occasionally a bit of jazz or blues. From well-known to the obscure all with tightly honed unusual arrangements.

16.45   THE FUSS        (

Disco fever! Creating the sound of the late 1970’s and bringing it right up to date on a journey through disco and soul. The FUSS wowed us two years ago and are back to do it again with an expanded sound-scape and repertoire.

17.30   Speak, Brother            (

Showcasing acoustic driven, harmony rich anthems along with their intimate, mellow story songs – their music “moves you, the honesty in the lyrics is refreshing – it both challenges and inspires the listener.” (Premier Radio).

18.05   Man Make Fire           (

Chipping Norton based rock band MMF are a force known for their hard driving cover performances, now performing their self-penned songs. “Humbly described as this generations answer to Led Zeppelin”.

18.50   Rufus Goodlove          (  

From an acoustic beginning the set grows into a powerful groove based experience. Top quality musicians writing anthemic songs with addictive melodies and strong dance rhythms, the ultimate festival band!

19.35   The Scholars               ( )

This fine 3-piece alternative Rock Band from Oxford have had their songs played on Radio 1, BBC6, NME, and Kerrang, also featured in an independent film ‘Turbulence’. Part of HMV’s Next Big Thing 2012.

20.40 Krissy Matthews Band – featuring Pete Brown


A special combination: a fabulous blues band featuring an iconic guest. The songs Sunshine of Your Love, I Feel Free and White Room are all hits for the ultimate supergroup – Cream but they are also co-written by the musician, poet, writer, record producer and singer Pete Brown! Following a meeting at a gig in Germany Pete got involved with Krissy and worked as producer and co-writer on Krissy’s new album in 2013. Are we about to hear new 21st Century classics which bands will play for the next 50 years?

22.30   Porterhouse Blues presents – THE BLUES DUO     (            

Tommy Allen, vocals, guitar & foot percussion, Johnny Hewitt vocals and harmonica. The two of them deliver the full Chicago blues Maxwell Street experience. A superb way to finish the day!

Tim Porter of ‘Porterhouse Blues Music Events’ has a reputation for promoting quality blues and roots music, including organising the Banbury Blues Festival. ‘Music at the Crossroads’ is proud to welcome the Blues Duo to our festival.