First anniversary celebration at Shrewsbury music venue

Shrewsbury’s award-winning Henry Tudor House hosted a celebration recently to mark its first 12 months as a successful music venue.

The thriving bar and restaurant, based off Wyle Cop, has developed into a leading name in the county music scene, attracting a range of top class acts.

New York-based folk singer Nels Andrews performed to a specially-invited audience to mark a year since ‘Henry Tudor House Live’ was launched.

Andrews has previously been selected as a winner of the prestigious New Folk Competition at the annual Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas where past recipients of this coveted award include Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett. Nels’ debut full-length recording Sunday Shoes rose to number one on the UK Americana chart.

“We were delighted to secure such a highly-regarded artist as Nels for our first anniversary event – it has been a very successful year and we are looking forward to the next 12 months when some great gigs are planned,” said Graham Jenkins, who owns Henry Tudor House with wife Clare.

He confirmed that Henry Tudor House has secured a line up of musical ‘legends’ for a programme later this year, with four big names from the music scenes of the 1970s, 80s and 90s will be appearing there this autumn.

Kiki Dee, who is best known for her number one duet with Elton John ‘Don’t go breaking my heart’, is amongst the top performers appearing at the venue, with an intimate show planned for October 13.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Kiki Dee has agreed to sing here, she is one of the UK’s most enduring stars, having celebrated 50 years in the business last year,” said Graham Jenkins, proprietor of Henry Tudor House.

“She is touring the UK and Europe with guitarist Carmelo Luggeri and they will be playing a stripped-back acoustic live show which we expect to create a wonderful and warm sense of intimacy for the audience.”

Other big names set to appear in the autumn programme include Beverley Craven on October 19, China Crisis on November 16 and Julia Fordham on November 25.

“We have worked hard to create a really great music venue here, with professional staging, lighting and great acoustics and all these musical ‘legends’ and our audiences seem to appreciate it as tickets are selling really well and we expect all the gigs to sell out,” Graham added.

Tickets range in price from £17.50 to £25 and are available from Henry Tudor House or from www.henrytudorhouse.com/live

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