This is where it all began.... back in the mists of time, musicians got together in alehouses, kitchens, living rooms, mud huts or whatever for the sheer joy of making music together. Thus Folk Music was born. This of course still happens...
Sessions are often themed with a style of music, Old Time, Blues Irish etc and the session leaders will guide participants through the session, however most session leaders will allow a level of diversion from the theme (if not complete anarchy).
If you want to perform at an Open Mike Session (with amplification) turn up with your instruments, catch the eye of the session leader and depending on how many people want to perform you will be told how many tunes you can do.
In a Jam Session the leader will ask around the group, usually seated in a circle, in some logical order “Fred, do you have a tune for us?” You can decline or start a tune and having announced the key and the name of the tune, usually you are allowed to play through the tune once before everyone else joins in. If it is a well-known tune then that may not be the case and often the starter will look to other players (with an enquiring facial expression!) to take the instrumental lead on a refrain. This is often the case in a blues session where a tune can go on for many minutes, until the players get thirsty.
Lastly, so everyone ends the tune together, rather than shout out often the starter will raise their foot at the start of the last time through the tune. Have fun!
Late Night Club
The Late Night Club is held at the Wallingford Sports Park on Friday and Saturday night from 10:30pm till late.
Bring your instruments and join the stars of the festival for some great live music, real ales and fun. Hot food available for a limited time after the club starts.
The perfect place to unwind after a hard day's BunkFesting!
The Acoustic Ballroom
The Acoustic Ballroom is a fantastic monthly performance night right in the heart of Wallingford. No mics, no sound checks, no auditions, just a stage open to anyone and an attentive audience. Over the years The Acoustic Ballroom has heard saxophones, trumpets, trombones, didgeridoos, cellos, double basses, accordions, oodles of guitars, ukuleles, fiddles, pianos, blues, jazz, rap, folk, rock, pop, singer songwriters, barber shop quartets, drumming groups, music, dance, capoeira, storytelling, poetry, Shakespearean soliloquies, impromptu collaborations and many more. Anything goes as long as it's acoustic and unplugged!
Join us for a very special Bunkfest incarnation of The Acoustic Ballroom which will be held for one night only on the Kinecroft in the Craft Tent on Friday 1st September at 8pm.