Major volunteer roles available at Shropshire’s leading music festival

The search is on for two volunteers to fill key roles on the organising committee of Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

The current joint Directors of the children’s programme are stepping down due to work commitments and organisers are appealing for anyone interested in taking on the roles to step forward.

The children’s festival, which involves a programme of craft, music, dance and drama run by volunteer arts assistants, has grown over the years to become a vital part of the festival.

It has led to the four day event, held at the West Mid Showground over August Bank Holiday, to be dubbed a “family friendly folk staple” by the Sunday Times.

Festival director Sandra Surtees said: “Our current joint Directors Jenny Smith and Steve Martin have done an amazing job over the past few years, cementing the importance of the children’s programme as part of the overall festival.

“We get many comments from older festivalgoers about how it’s the highlight of the event and they wish they were young enough to join in! We are looking for a pair of creative and hardworking volunteers who are looking for a new challenge and have experience in the arts and managing a budget and a team of assistants.”

Mrs Surtees added: “The role involves attending monthly committee meetings and planning during the year. In the run up to the festival and during the four days of the event, it’s very busy but there is a great sense of achievement of putting together something that is enjoyed by many.

“We are looking for a Director and an Assistant Director who are willing to work together and share the workload.”

Anyone interested in applying can go to www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk/news for a job specification. To discuss the role please contact Alan or Sandra Surtees on 01743 892800 or email [email protected].

This year’s line up includes Bellowhead, Seth Lakeman, The Dhol Foundation, Lau, and Steve Knightley among the headliners.

Making their first appearance at Shrewsbury will be Moulettes and Molotov Jukebox, a six piece band headed by Natalia Tena, who played Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter films.

Musicians making the journey from Canada will be duo Madison Violet, who had to pull out at the last minute in 2012, former Wailin’ Jenny Cara Luft and JP Hoe.

An earlybird ticket offer lasts until March 31, with adult weekend tickets costing £120 until then. Day tickets start at £32.50 for adults. Children under four go free and family tickets are available. Onsite camping is available to all weekend ticket holders with prices held to the same as this year at £20 per adult.

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