St Mary's Church
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By Jenny Hardy - 20th May 2014 5:30am
What better to way to spend an early summer's evening with the sun streaming through
the windows of St. Mary's Church, than by listening to the gentle, haunting melodies of
Moonrakers. Last Saturday, Celtic tunes delighted a large audience, some of whom had
travelled a considerable distance.
A colourful band of four talented musicians, Jon Bennetts, Liz van Santen, Jo Daley and
Anna Lockett, from Oxford played and sang a blend of traditional and contemporary folk
songs mixing and matching a variety of instruments. Anna's Celtic harp was the centre-
piece of the group complemented by vocals, guitar, mandola, bodhran, whistles and a rare
5- string fiddle superbly played by Liz.
Leader, Jon Bennetts composes much of Moonraker's repertoire basing the songs on his
own life experiences — a memorable jig inspired by his daughter Tess contrasted with a
melancholy song depicting life in the north at the times of the miners' strike in the 80's.
Anecdotes and explanations about the instruments and songs held the audience's attention
who were captivated by the friendly manner and musicianship of the performers.
Delicious refreshments by the pond were enjoyed by everyone during the interval. It was
Moonrakers first visit to Haddenham — hopefully it will not be their last!
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