Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Lecturer to lead May Day Morning musicians

Monday, 18 April 2011

Andy Letcher, associate lecturer at the Westminster Institute of Education, will play a leading role in Oxford’s traditional 1 May celebrations. As ‘Bosky Man’ he will ‘misdirect’ the Hurly Burly Whirly Early-in-the-Morning Band, a collection of Oxford folk musicians. The band will play from 6am at the steps of the Clarendon building in Broad Street. Andy says: “The 'Whirly' Band is a collective of local musicians, artists, poets, diggers and dreamers. We're drawn together by the spirit of the May, an ancient thing, to play for the people, to throw off the shackles of winter and dance in the promise of summer.’ The time honoured celebrations bring together Oxford’s communities to enjoy dancing, singing and revelry from around the city. Celebrations will begin at 6am with the choristers of Magdalen College choir singing Hymnus Eucharisticus from the Great Tower. Many bars and restaurants across the city centre, Jericho and East Oxford will be open for breakfasts. Various activities will also be held at cultural venues such as The Ashmolean Museum and Oxford Castle.