Listen again to some of the artists and groups we have featured.   

Pete Watkins

24th October 2021

Pete Watkins is one of the area’s hardest working performers. A singer, songwriter and performer, Pete performs solo and in a number of bands.

With a huge back catalogue of song covers and his own material, Pete just loves performing and his enthusiasm comes through during the set.

Alex spoke to Pete and played one if his original songs.


10th October 2021

Brothers David and Neil from Shmoo spoke to Alex.

Born and bred in Banbury, they make music with vintage keyboards and are known for their epic music videos.

The Social Services

26th Septemvber 2021

Ahead of their gig on the 9th October at The Wine Vaults, Alex spoke to Dan Bonas, bassist and vocalist from The Social Services.

They’re a local Banbury based covers band from who say they will cover “anything and everything” from punk rock to pop.

Jack Hodgy

12th Septemvber 2021

Jack used to live just outside Bloxham and has now moved to Brackley.

He is one of the new breed of “bedroom musicians” who create their music in their own homes and then upload it to the streaming services for the world to hear.

Jack joined Alex to discuss how he makes his music and his influences.

Richard Marshall

29th August 2021

Richard is a multi instrumentalist from Oxfordshire who is a session bass player and guitarist.

Outside of playing on other people’s music he makes his own music under the name “This is Marshall”.

Alex discovered his influences,  what got him into music and played one of his original songs.


22nd August 2021

Vaultstock is a whole weekend of live local music in Banbury across the August Bank Holiday weekend.   Its taking place at The Wine Vaults in Parson’s Street.

Alex Grout spoke to manager Mattie Cummings to find out more about the big music event which features Cold Blue Daze, Stuart Layzell, The Social Services and BushFieldSmith.


15th August 2021

Alex spoke to Claire Rennie from one of Banbury’s long-standing bands – Uninvited.

Claire explained that during lockdown they weren’t able to celebrate their 20th anniversary but will do so next year.

They return to Banbury this Saturday (August 21) at the Wine Vaults in Parsons Street.

The band are on the search now for a new guitarist as their current one is moving to Manchester.

Alex with SledgehammerSledgehammer

15th August 2021

We caught up with Russ Fray from Banbury’s favourite 80s band Sledgehammer.

Russ explained that during lockdown the band have been doing online gigs and online 80s quizzes! They have a busy diary for the rest of the year including Saturday 28th August at Garth Park in Bicester.

Russ explained that they return to Banbury at the Dog and Gun in early 2022!

Stuart Layzell

25th July 2021

Banbury musician Stuart has been playing the pubs and venues of North Oxfordshire for 30 years.   He joined Alex Grout to talk about the Banbury Music Scene and how it is bouncing back post lockdown.

Ash Adams

13th June 2021

Local Oxfordshire musician and songwriter Ash Adams spoke to Alex about how he got into music and how his father inspired him to take up a music career. Ash travelled in Australia prior to lockdown and one of his songs was written in a hotel room in Queensland.   Lockdown has allowed him to focus on finishing his “Me but different EP”.

Sugar Motown

30th May 2021

Sugar Motown (Sophia Bovell) joined Alex to tell us how in her late 30s she quit her office job and started studying music. This led to her taking up singing. We found out about her about her musical influences and how much she is looking forward to performing again. Sugar Motown’s performances include covers of Motown, Soul and Disco classics.

Lee Baker

23rd May 2021

38 year old Banbury resident and rapper Lee Baker used lockdown to self-reflect and reconsider how he makes music.  It’s resulted in a new sound and a new single “My Time Is Now”.   Its a collaboration with US singer Lydia Ceaser.

Cold Blue Daze

9th May 2021

Ahead of being allowed to get out and perform live again, Banbury’s rock covers band Cold Blue Daze have been rehearsing hard so they’re ready to entertain with their versions of classic rock, new wave, indie … and even brass band music!


26th April 2021

Nika moved to Oxfordshire from  her home in St Petersburg in Russia during 2020.   Having studied the piano she now writes and performs her own songs including her current time “Hate You”.

Jenna H

11th April 2021

Having won the global Pride Stars competition late last year, Jenna has spent her time during lockdown recording new material and her debut single is out now.   Listen to Alex talk to Jenna and watch the video to her song ‘Burn’.

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