Trio has ‘Johnny Cash vibe with a sprinkling of Elvis’

Hiway have been compared to Johnny Cash
Hiway have been compared to Johnny Cash
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A popular country trio are returning to headline a long-running open mic night when it returns next week.

The First Thursday Music Club is a free live music event for a broad range of genres which has taken place once a month for the last four years.

Club performers take to the stage in front of up to 100 at The James Figg pub in Cornmarket.

And on Thursday (April 3), Hiway 51 will perform as the headline act with their 1950s-country style.

The band consists of Ingmar Paul on bass, Paul Barker on vocals and Phil Cawardine - who owns the Vintage and Modern Guitars store in Cornmarket - on classic guitar.

MC for the night Phil Westerman, who also performs with his own band on the night, said the trio have a timeless sound.

He said: “Think classic era Johnny Cash with a sprinkling of early Elvis and maybe even some Stray Cats, vintage Merle Travis and Chet Atkins.

“But don’t be fooled - their original compositions stand up proudly next to the classics.”

Last month, the event was headlined by garage-folk duo The August List, who have recorded singles played on BBC Radio Oxford.

Acts can sign up from 7.45pm, with music starting at 8pm.

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