Village of Haddenham

Moonrakers' Celtic Delights

Home » News » Moonrakers' Celtic Delights
Moonrakers 01
Moonrakers 02
Moonrakers 04
Moonrakers 03
Moonrakers 06

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!

(Please click on any image to see an enlarged version)

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

20 mph sign
Ollie Sirrell: Mon 13 Jul 7:54pm

A number of new speed limits are set to be introduced on roads in and close to Haddenham.Decisions have been taken on new restrictions for the following locations:Dollicott, HaddenhamA proposal for a 20mph limit on this road has been issued.This has been brought forward as there is more vehicle and pedestrian traffic on this road following housebuilding in the area.A consultation...

David Lyons-4
David Lyons: Fri 10 Jul 1:00pm

The local Green Party claims that Bucks Council is pulling back on commitment to climate changeThe Buckinghamshire Council have proposed a Climate Change Motion which will be discussed at the full council meeting on Wednesday, 15th July. The motion will propose a target date of 2050 for net zero carbon for the Council's activities rather than the more ambitious target set by AVDC and most...

Library 08
Susan Toner: Wed 08 Jul 1:15pm

Haddenham Community Library is back in business and once again open to the public To start with we will be opening on Tuesdays and Fridays only between 10.00am and 1.00pm. We have installed safety measures in the library for the benefit and security of the staff and public and the building has been deep cleaned prior to our re-opening. As you would expect social distancing is required in...