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Hi there! Welcome to the 8th FiddleBop newsletter, now in colour (and with pictures, well with our logo anyway)! We hope that your summer is a memorable one. It's looking to be a warm and sunny day again as I write this, and we've already had several weeks of sunshine. Enjoy it while it lasts!

So what are you doing later today? (That's Sunday 28 July) If you are anywhere near Oxford between 4 pm and 6 pm, why not come along to our gig at the Crown, Cornmarket Street, Oxford? One of a series organised by Oxford Jazz Kitchen, it's outdoors in the courtyard of this fine old pub. Which is why I'm glad that the weather promises fair (fingers crossed). Hope to see you there!

OK, we've had a good and busy month, having played at ChippyFest 2013, Shipston Proms, and at lots of other gigs. There are some photos on FiddleBop's Facebook page, and more will appear on the FiddleBop website. Also we've finally mixed a short demo from the recordings we did earlier this year. Again, check out the FiddleBop website: the demo will appear there "real soon now"...

Sadly, Jo and I have lost a valued friend and musical colleague: Jules Dickinson. He died one weekend recently, just after a playing a gig and attending a beer festival. We miss you, Jules.

OK, enough chat. I'll get onto the important bit of the newsletter (the FiddleBop gig listings). As ever, check our FiddleBop website before setting to see (and hear) us, since gigs do get cancelled and timings do change. Until we see your smiling face again through a haze of hot jazz-with-a-gypsy-flavour: enjoy the rest of the summer!

Dave and Jo

Gypsy jazz re-imagined!


When is it? Venue, occasion, whatever... Where is it?
4 pm, Sunday 28 July 2013 Oxford Jazz Kitchen at the Crown The Crown, Cornmarket Street, Oxford, Oxon. FiddleBop comes to darkest Oxford! An outdoors one in the courtyard of a pub where William Shakespeare used to stay... To bop or not to bop, that is the question...
7 pm, Saturday 3 August 2013 Private party (wedding) Hook Norton, Oxon. Not open to the public, sorry.
Sunday 18 August 2013 (afternoon) Beer Festival at The Red Lion Albion Street, Chipping Norton, Oxon. This will be fun! Good beer and good BBQ food, with more-than-good FiddleBop providing the music. See you there?
2.30 pm, Saturday 7 September 2013 Fete at Southerndown Care Home Worcester Road, Chipping Norton, Oxon. This event is open to the public, come along and help to swell the crowds for a good cause.
12 pm, Sunday 8 September 2013 'Open Gardens' fundraiser for Chipping Norton Theatre Bourton House garden, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucs. A really spectacular place, definitely worth seeing... With FiddleBop providing equivalent musical spectacle, how can you not join us there?
1 pm, Sunday 29 September 2013 Chippy Jazz And Music 2013 The Red Lion, Albion Street, Chipping Norton, Oxon. Back again at our very own local jazz festival, which is always a high spot in our year! CJAM gets better and better each time... don't miss it!

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All the best!

Dave and Jo

Gypsy jazz re-imagined!