Moonrakers concert inspired by the church setting

Folk group the Moonrakers, will perform at the church on the hill
Folk group the Moonrakers, will perform at the church on the hill

A rich blend of Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English traditional and contemporary tunes and songs is promised at a concert to be performed in a village church later this month.

Moonrakers is an Oxford based group of four musicians, some from the classical and some from the folk traditions, playing harp, fiddle, whistles, guitar, manola and female/male vocals.Instrumentally the group is sufficiently diverse to create different sound textures for each piece.

The quartet is rapidly creating a buzz in the world of acoustic music, with three albums receiving glowing reviews in the music press and appearances at many festivals and art centres.

Moonrakers will appear at the Church of St Peter and St Paul in the parish of Ellesborough at 7.30pm on Saturday July 25. Tickets cost £10 and are available from 01296 622306.

Moonrakers has a strong following locally and the members enjoy playing in less traditional venues. Their ‘In-Spires’ tour has taken them to a host of beautiful churches throughout the south east.

Member Jon Bennett composes many of the tunes and songs performed by the quartet, but the arrangments are down to the special skills of the musicians.

He said: “We weave a tapestry of sound around the tunes and songs both old and new, giving them an entirely fresh appraisal, and our audiences love it!”