Melissa Holding


Performing with Peggy Seeger at the Pegasus Theatre Oxford in 2013

I am a founder memKismet Happyber of Kismet who have been playing together since 2001.   We perform together regularly, giving concerts and sharing music in a variety of settings including weddings, wakes, birthdays, memorials and coming of age ceremonies and have released a number of recordings, the most recent of which is Feast:  you can watch us perform the track Seed from this album here.


We have had a long standing relationship with Oxford University’s Botanic Garden and in 2005 we had a BBC Arts funded residency there.  We’ve also taken part in community projects including a Soundtracks, celebrating the redoubling of the Cotswold Line.    For more information and to see what we offer see our website.


SONY DSC“Balm for the Soul” Oxford Folk Festival

“A feast indeed of Kismet’s usual skill” Peggy Seeger on our latest album ‘Feast’

“One of Oxford’s best-loved bands” Oxford Mail