Music in motion with Oxjam

ON SATURDAY 4th October, Oxjam hosted a music train event that ran from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge on the Rhediol steam train.

Oxjam train

Photo – Tomos Nolan

The train consisted of five carriages and five artists. On each stop the artists would change carriage and entertain for roughly 20 to 30 minutes each time. There were about 70 people who attended the event. For a music event in Aberystywth it was set in an unusual venue, but found that it worked well as the day had good weather and the artists brought a vibrant atmosphere to an otherwise simply scenic route.

The Artists:

1. Emily Farr – Emily is the owner of Rewired Music in Aberystywth. Being very much involved in the music scene in Aberystywth, she was already a familiar face for many who follow Aberystywth bands and events. She did an acoustic set, where she covered songs by Bastille and even a track by Beyoncé as well. With such a wide range of music choices she put a smile on everyone’s faces.

2. Natasha Mcarthy-Jones – Natasha, having played a few other gigs in Aberystwyth, was a firm favourite. She sang a variety of songs spanning different genres, from CeeLo Green, to Disney, to Opera. Her voice is notably very powerful, and produced fresh covers of all her choices.

3. László Xavia – László is set to headline the Oxjam Takeover Acoustic/Comedy Stage on Saturday 18th October. The sound he produced had a modern and acoustic feel, with a sprinkling of the much loved folk genre. Playing singles from bands such as Passenger and The 1945 he was a big hit with all ages aboard the train.

4. Adam Sale and the Modern Age Mariners – With influences such as Mumford and Sons, Jake Bugg and Frank Turner it was no surprise that this three piece was received with much celebration. The band covered songs such as Magic’s Rude and the Eagle’s Peaceful Easy Feeling as well as treating the audience to some of their own songs.

5. OxjamMike Wazny – A rock and bluesy feel encompassed this artist that has worked with Rewired and within the Aberystwyth music scene for many years. Covers of Elvis Presley were a speciality of Mike’s, and clear influences from such artists as Pearl Jam and Eric Clapton rang throughout. The crowd adored this charismatic act, and was more than definitely a one to be remembered.

Fiona Bannister, Events co-ordinator stated that:

“The day was a huge success and we are so thankful to the Vale of Rheidol for working with us and creating such a unique event. The performers on each carriage were all amazing and had everyone singing along! The whole team are on such a high now and just cannot wait for the Takeover on the 18th.”

Oxjam Aberystwyth Takeover is set to hit the Student’s Union on Saturday 18th October.