Scandi session in Oxford reminder – and why we need April 23rd off

As discussed elsewhere on this blog, we’re very much looking forward to attending the monthly Scandinavian music session at the James Street Tavern in Oxford. Ed Pritchard picked up on our blog piece below about learning Swedish polskas, and he was nice enough to touch base with us – so on his behalf, we’re reminding you good guys and girls (or should we say pojkar och kvinnor?) that the next session is on Monday 16th April 2012, from 8.30pm onwards. We’re looking forward to heading to the city of dreaming spires (or should we say drømmende spir?) next month.

James Street Tavern, Oxford, UK

James Street Tavern, Oxford, UK

Ed informs us that there’s also a special Scandinavian session taking place on Saturday 21st April 2012 from midday till 4pm at the Far From the Madding Crowd pub on Friar’s Entry, in the centre of Oxford, as part of the Folk Weekend taking place there. We’re delighted that folkies have roused themselves to provide a replacement for the city’s folk festival, which we attended with pleasure as stewards in 2010 – only for it to be cancelled the following year.

We’re doubly delighted that there will be a Scandi session as part of proceedings. However, but for the fact that April 23rd, England’s widely-recognised national day, is a normal working Monday (groan), this festival/event could have feasibly lasted three-and-a-bit days. I would thus issue my yearly subtle reminder that we should follow the path of Norway (May 17th), Iceland (June 17th) and Finland (December 6th) in making the national day a national holiday*. In the meantime we can embrace the cultural heritage and legacy of the Nordics and use that weekend to crank out great English, Scandi and international tunes alike. 

Time for an internationally-minded April 23rd English hol

Time for an internationally-minded April 23rd English hol

* I know what you might be ready to say – St George’s Day is too close to Easter and that would be too many holidays. Well replace the Easter Monday holiday with Georgie’s Day and then give us Henry Purcell’s death day off as a late-November and very English equivalent of Thanksgiving. That way we can celebrate the legacy of our greatest composer by making music. I’m never stuck for an answer on this one -_-


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