The Oxford Waits



Oxford Sculpture Garden, Summertown

5-piece:Tim, Caroline, Ian, Edwin & Jon


Further detals tbc


A 17th-century Christmas

Holywell Music Room, Oxford

5-piece:Tim, Caroline, Ian, Edwin & Jon

2pm (afternoon concert only)

Further details tbc


Iffley Music Society

5-piece:Tim, Caroline, Ian, Edwin & Jon

The Oxford Waits at the old Abbey Buildings, Abingdon 2019 (photo Ed Nix)

Left to right: Ian Giles, Edwin Pritchard, Caroline Butler, Jon Fletcher & Tim Healey. 

'Terrific entertainment’ Brian Kay, BBC Radio 3

The Oxford Waits take their name from a real-life band of city musicians, known as 'waits,' who flourished in Oxford during the 17th century. Performers appear in period costume, and concerts are enlivened by street ballads, dance tunes, airs and rounds as well as readings from diarists and poets. Superb singing voices are matched by specialist skills in an array of period instruments.


Tim Healey - Narrator, vocals, shawm, recorders

Caroline Butler - Vocals, violin

Ian Giles - Vocals, hurdy gurdy, percussion

Edwin Pritchard - Vocals, violin, nyckelharpa, hammered dulcime, 

Jon Fletcher - Vocals, lute, cittern

The Oxford Waits have performed at a wealth of festivals, churches, theatres and arts centres, as well as featuring on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. In 2006 they performed before her Majesty the Queen at the Royal Opening of Oxford Castle.

BOOKINGS TEL 01865 249194

Jon & Tim
Jon & Tim
Shotover House, private event, 12 June 2022
Shotover House, private event, 12 June 2022
A 17th-century Christmas, Holywell Music Room, December 2022
Caroline & Edwin
Caroline & Edwin
Edwin, Caroline & Ian
Edwin, Caroline & Ian

The Oxford Waits have often played for period dances, as here with the Vale Island Dancers in Oxford Town Hall (photo Chris Bates)

‘Thank you for coming and playing for us, we had a wonderful time. I've heard such lovely feedback from the dancers about your session.’

Kit at the Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival Exeter, 2023


‘You made the dancing easy even for beginners with your lively, articulate playing.’

Louise Siddons (caller)