The Kirals is a four-piece alt-folk/Americana band from Oxford, performing original material from their two albums YOU (2019) and Goodbye River (2023). Originally formed by singer songwriters Jon Heffernan (guitar) and Ally Baker (banjo), the band includes ‘accordionista’ Lisa Harker and double-bassist Ryan Quarterman. Recently described by Americana-UK magazine as “…like a breath of fresh air as their harmonies and incisive picking deliver the goods” and “…quite thrilling in their reclamation of folk rock”, the band performs regularly on the Oxfordshire music scene and their recent album Goodbye River has received radio play on BBC and local radio stations. The band is currently working on its third album due for release in 2024.
Starting off the evening is Ben Baron who wowed the audience at one of our regular Unplugged (open mic) evenings. ‘Ben is a singer and banjo player hailing from Newbury. Taking influence from his love of Delta Blues, Country and Folk music. Ben plays his own takes of a variety of existing songs, and plays in the old-time ‘clawhammer’ style.
Start: 8:00pm (Doors Open 7:30)