We have a rolling programme of live music throughout Thame Country Fair in our specialist music marquee within the piazza area. So grab something to eat and drink from our many food producers and real ale bar, sit down and enjoy the entertainment.
The Two Kevins
Don’t miss folk duo The Kevins
The Bill Bailey Band
Popular at many of our food festivals over the past few years, The Bill Bailey Band is a Jazz band focusing mainly on New Orleans, Traditional and Dixieland styles but with the versatility to offer almost any Jazz style. Their principal aim is to entertain by providing happy foot-tapping live music for any event.
A world class steel pan solo artist performing her elclectic mix of calypso, reggae and jazz.
Rachel Hayward has been hailed as “Europe’s Top Pan Woman” due to her unique achievements as a pan-player.
She successfully applied for an Arts Travel Scholarship from Milton Keynes Borough Council which enabled her to visit the Trinidad Carnival in 1989 — an experience which proved a turning point in her musical career.
She holds an MA in music performance from the City University, London, where her doctoral thesis ‘Yellow Bird’ and Pan: the Transmission, Circulation and Re-creation of a Caribbean Song was awarded in 2015. Since 1996 she has focused exclusively on pan. Her unparalled credentials include winning the UK Soloists Competition, and performing throughout Europe and the Caribbean, most notably in Trinidad (the birthplace of steelpan) where she was the first, and to date only, person of European descent to reach the finals of the World Steelband Soloists Competition (1996).
She has since performed with such prestigious ensembles as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. She was invited to participate in the 2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony with Nostalgia Steel Band and in 2015 with Pan Nectar Steel Band she became the first woman of European descent to arrange for a steel band at London’s Notting Hill Carnival.
Her steel bands in Britain and Trinidad regularly win awards in both national and regional competitions, and perform at such prestigious venues as The Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Hall and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. In 2016 she achieved a lifetime’s ambition as her junior steel band — The Turtles — was selected to perform at Music For Youth’s Primary Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. She has run projects for TAPS (Traditional Arts Projects) and Steel Bands North, and advised the Society for the Promotion of New Music, Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music, and the Guildhall School of Music on their steel pan projects and has been guest lecturer at the Royal College of Music and City University, London.