Live Music 20th August from 8pm

Ben Holder – Piano & Vocals

Ben is one of the most gifted and exciting young jazz violinists in the UK. Taught classically from the age of six, he studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire. During his classical studies, Ben began listening to Jazz - classic masters such as Benny Goodman and Oscar Peterson and of course the great jazz violinists including Grappelli, Joe Venuti and the awe inspiring Stuff Smith. Alongside his early studies and later at college he embarked on a detailed analysis of these musicians techniques and the way in which they merged this most classical of instruments into the jazz idiom. 

Ben's innate sense of swing rhythm (something which often eludes classical players) stems from those early listening sessions - and his various awards bear testimony to his abilities. A first call jazz violinist for many of the North's top bands and studios, Ben is also a permanent and integral member of Gypsy Fire

Paul Jefferies – Double Bass

Paul Jefferies is an accomplished bassist and teacher based in Oxfordshire. He performs with Gypsy Fire, the Rob Terry Trio, The Ben Holder Quartet and his own trio ‘Tantrum’ featuring Tommaso Starace. Paul teaches students of all levels from beginner to very accomplished (and even well known) performers. Paul was one of the founders of the successful Oxford Jazz Festival.

Upcoming Live Music Evenings

September 17th
Hugh Turner Trio (guitar, bass and drums – you’ll be amazed at the difference this makes and it will be an all funky set with funky hits from 70s and 80s) – in the courtyard or grand hall (weather permitting).

October 15th
Holder & Smith of St. Patrick’s Night fame.


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Live Music

Bex Southgate

21st May
BEX SOUTHGATE (Vocals/Uke and guitar duo) playing some originals and poppy jazz standard

18th June
HOLDER & SMITH (Vocals/violin and gypsy styled guitar - popular swing jazz)

16th July
NICK GIBSON & PETE DIXON (guitar/vocals & guitar - rock and pop covers)

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A Great Craic

St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day at The Shaven Crown

Our St Patrick's Day Evening with live music was a great success as was the Irish Stew!

Watch this space for new of our next live music event. Complimentary nibbles will be on offer plus of course our superb range of drinks at the bar and dining from 6.30pm

Live music from 8pm



Inaugural Jazz Evening on the 29th of this month from 8pm

Turner & Jefferies

An evening of Jazz & Blues with a funky edge!

Love FREE live music? Then you really should get along to The Shaven Crown Hotel on Thursday 29th January. We’ve invited two of the South’s top musicians to perform a set of jazzy, bluesy music with a funky edge.

There’ll be complimentary nibbles on offer plus of course our superb range of drinks at the bar and dining from 6.30pm

Hugh Turner has played with a who’s who of jazz, blues and pop luminaries and his style (kind of George Benson crossed with BB King) is renowned - as is the melodic, highly rhythmic bass work of Paul Jefferies one of the UK’s busiest double bassists.

The Shaven Crown Hotel
High St. Shipton-under-Wychwood, Oxon, OX7 6BA

01993 830500



Historic Makeover

Even though it has taken A LOT longer than first expected, we are really excited about the refurbishments that are nearing completion.

It is such a beautiful building from the outside, but inside there are major changes taking place; the new bar area has now moved to the front of the building, making use of this once unused area.

The restaurant will be nearer the kitchen, where the Monks Bar once was, making it much easier and smoother to serve food. We have completely knocked down the old loo facilities and built new ones in an area once used as a wine cellar. Next to them is a new room for meetings and private dining with views of the courtyard.

We are now making good use of the iconic Great Hall, once rather unused, which gives access to some newly refurbished bedrooms on the first floor. We even have a new office which was the former gents loo and the old office has now become the cellar!

Please check back soon for more updates!