The Happy Valley Festival

Saturday 17th June 2017

South Hinksey, Oxford

for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and All About Alie

Confirmed artists

The following artists will be performing at Happy Valley. Take time to check out their links to their own websites, YouTube and Facebook.

All of the acts are appearing for free in support of MND. Show your apprecation in whichever way you wish, but we suggest dancing, cheering and applause. 

Approximate timings

Main stage

12:00 Shifting Buffalo

Shifting Buffalo writes and records lots of stuff. Some of it is available on the internet, either to buy or download free.

Shifting Buffalo regularly indulges in 'immersion composition' and is an inaugural member of the Burning Lodge.

You can catch Shifting Buffalo playing live from time to time, particularly in the Hertfordshire area....and at Happy Valley.


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13:00 TNT

TNT play rock and pop covers, with a strong emphasis on vocal harmonies. Richard Talbot and Maria Taylor are brother and sister hailing from South-East London pub covers band SE6 Machine. Maria’s son Joe (on drums) is an ex Brit School and current Goldsmiths University student. Joe has a wealth of experience of playing live with a variety of projects ranging from Indie to classical to country. Bass is provided by Will Nicholls. Will has been playing bass for 10 years and has been part of numerous bands from an early age. Richard’s daughter Emily Talbot has also performed live in both a band set up and as part of a duo.
Brought together for a one-off gig by Emily, in support of her London Marathon run for the Mental Health foundation, TNT played an eclectic, era-spanning set to an enthusiastic packed house.
They are now working on new songs tailored for a summer’s afternoon. As a family band, they have a personal connection to the festival’s cause, as their brother (and uncle) is Professor Kevin Talbot, a specialist in motor neurone disease at the University of Oxford.


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14:00 Vox Steady Choir

Vox Steady Choir is an open access adult choir specialising in Rock, Pop and Jazz styles. Open to music-readers and non-music-readers alike, the choir is well loved by its members for its satisfying part-singing, friendly leadership and sociable atmosphere.

Vox Steady was set up in 2010 by Robin Colyer in response to a growing demand for a fun, rewarding and non-traditional adult choir. Under Robin’s leadership, the choir grew rapidly to over 40 members. 2015 marks a new chapter for the choir as the baton is passed to Tom Self, a young, dynamic musician with experience in a broad rage of musical styles..


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15: 00 The Balkan Wanderers

Balkan-inspired gypsy-ska-punk band, based in Oxford. Consisting of singer Antica Culina (from Croatia), Stuart Wigby on guitar/vocals, Clare Heaviside on clarinet, Marc Witte (from Germany) on bass, and Emma Coombs on drums, we create original East (European)-meets-West songs, often containing a mixture of English and Croatian styles and lyrics.
We take inspiration from traditional Balkan, Gypsy and Klezmer music as well as the contemporary punk-ska scene.


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16:00 Puppet Mechanic

Puppet Mechanic are six guys playing original alt-folk-pop tunes to lift your hearts up to the heavens and your eyes up from gazing at your shoes.


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17:00 Jali Fily Cissokho

Senegalese master musician(griot) Jali Fily plays the 21 string West African kora/harp, and comes from a family of musicians,whose skills and traditions have passed down from generation to generation.

Yet, as a citizen of 21st Century, he is also attuned to the rhythms of the present and future, creating a unique natural musical blend that spans centuries and continents. Solo & rocking-kora!


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17:45 Fenne Lily

Being discouraged from watching TV as a child was integral to the development of Fenne Lily’s musicality, as instead much of her time was spent writing songs and honing both instrumental and lyrical skill. Her folk-tinged music is woven with integrity and sincerity; grit and soft understatement in equal measures.

At the age of 17 she began travelling to Bristol from her home in Dorset, and within a year found herself supporting the likes of Marika Hackman, C Duncan, Eaves and Palace, among many more, as well as being asked to play around the country with rising talent Marlon Williams. Now 18, Fenne lives and studies in Bristol.


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18:45 Count Drachma

Count Drachma sing Zulu Maskandi music. The band is lyrically influenced by South African artists Juluka and Mahlathini, musically by Senegalese Orchestra Baobab and Connecticut's tUnE-yArDs... look out for looped saxophone grooves, Reggaeton percussion and Celtic overtones.


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19:45 Catgod

Musical collective based in Oxford combining soul and trip-hop sounds with female-male vocal harmonies.

A strong rhythmical feel runs through the songs drawing influences from latin beats, soul grooves and more modern trip hop. This combines with melodic vocal lines and lyrical guitar work. Their influences include Nile Rogers, John Martyn, Otis Redding and Massive Attack.


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20:45 Daft Folk

Daft Folk are a six piece band playing a fusion of Skiffle/Ska/Pop, or as we like to call it,"Skaffle". Check us out using the links below -


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22:00 The Oxford Beatles

Oxford's very own Beatles cover band, known for their high energy and impressively faithful renditions of the fab four's finest songs.
Expect soaring vocal harmonies and all your favourite Beatles hits, performed in style.


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Acoustic stage

12:30 Oli Avison

Oli of Count Drachma will get the day started with his own acoustic set.

14:30 Moogieman

Awaiting details.

16:30 SLONK

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Start and end times

Gates to the festival open at midday and music gets underway straight away with Shifting Buffalo on the Main Stage and goes on through to 11pm. Book your tickets and join us.

Travel and parking

There is FREE parking on site but this MUST be booked via the ticketing site. If you are travelling to South Hinksey, directions are here.

Questions answered

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