Celebrating Local Lockdown Music


Banbury FM marks a year of local music in lockdown

In a special programme broadcast on Sunday 27th December 2020 Banbury FM featured a number of local musicians who have found new ways to continue performing during the pandemic. You can listen to the highlights of that programme here:

The Banbury FM area normally has a vibrant and thriving local music scene.   We are home to the Cropredy music festival, Banbury Music Mix (presented by Banbury Town Council and Banbury FM), Bodfest, Deerjam, Shutford Music Festival, loads of pub and club nights and many more.

2020 was no friend to local musicians who were deprived of the ability to perform live for most of the year.

Due to the pandemic it was almost impossible to see live music.   However, many of our local musicians harnessed the power of technology to keep performing.

The power of local music shone through with initiatives such as The Banbury Quarantine Collection, where local musicians came together to record their version of “With A Little Help From My Friends” to raise money for the Horton General Hospital.   We also saw national prominence as local singer Jenna H won an international talent competition.   All of this completed online.

Banbury FM’s Alex Grout celebrated the lockdown successes of local musicians and heard from Leigh Chambers, the Skalectrics, Jenna H, Selena Evangeline, Backstreet Noise, Sledgehammer and Tom Bodfish – the man behind the Banbury Quarantine Collective.

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