Garlanded, green-clad figures playing ancient dance tunes on skirling bagpipes, fiddles, squeezeboxes... the Whirly Band has become as distinctive a feature of May Morning Oxford as the Morris and the choir on Magdalen Tower.
Yet it is a fairly
recent phenomenon dating only from 2004.
The musicians include some of the most talented folk and early music players in Oxford. They perform just one gig a year - and that is on the steps of the Clarendon Building in Broad Street on May Morning.
Their oldest tunes - Sumer is Icumen In and Miri It Is - date back to the 13th century when Oxford's first May Day revels were reported.
If anything evokes the feral spirit of the early celebrations - green nature engulfing the
city with jubilant music and dance - it is surely the Whirly Band in full flow.