Shropshire Roots unveils 2014 folk concerts

A new partnership between key figures on the county folk scene will bring leading musicians to Shrewsbury in 2014.

Shropshire Roots is a venture between Shrewsbury Folk Festival and musician and sound engineer Izzy McLachlan.

Venues to be used include the town centre St Alkmund’s Church and The Hive in Belmont.

Festival Director Alan Surtees said the aim was to bring a range of traditional and acoustic artists to the town.

“The festival team has been running regular folk gigs for several years and we have been looking at expanding the venues and the range of artists we bring to Shrewsbury.

“We have several folk favourites for the first few concerts and are in discussion with others about appearances during 2014.”

Izzy, a lecturer in music technology at Birmingham City University, said: “The folk scene in the county and Shrewsbury in particular is thriving, thanks to events like the folk festival. We hope music fans will support Shropshire Roots as that will allow us to attract

Gigs lined up so far are Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, twice winners of the BBC Folk Awards Best Duo title, at St Alkmund’s on February 2 (£13); Jack Harris at The Hive on March 2 (£10); and Patsy Reid & Friends at The Hive on April 27.

Tickets for all concerts and venues, are available from The Hive on 01743 234970 or www.hiveonline.org.uk. For more information  www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk/shropshireroots or www.shropshireroots.co.uk.

February 2, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan at St Alkmund’s Church

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No strangers to Shrewsbury, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan are one of the most accomplished folk duos in the UK. Their presentation of songs and music puts them in a rare position of few musicians who are truly accomplished at both and never fail to amaze and impress. Tickets are £13.

“The sheer abundance of distilled poetry on display is inspiring. And when it unravels in such a moving lyrical way, such as this, it will remain in the audience’s minds for a long time.” - Spiral Earth

March 2, Jack Harris at The Hive

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Since his stellar performance at Shrewsbury Folk Festival two years ago, Jack has gone from strength to strength with new material and a portfolio of concert venues that include the Houses of Parliament and a EFDSS creative artists’  residency at Cecil Sharp House. He will be supported by local singer songwriter Rob Dunsford. Tickets are £10.

“A lyricist of great descriptive precision and a flare for revealing observation… As good a collection of songs as will be heard all year” Folk Music Radio

April 27, Patsy Reid & Friends at The Hive

www.patsyreid.com

Only two years after leaving the brilliant and loud Breabach, Patsy Reid has become the most in-demand traditional fiddle player in the UK. She hasn’t stopped working. As well as playing in Shrewsbury with the superb VAMM, she has played with The Unusual Suspects and The True North Orchestra and accompanied Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman on tour.  She was also part of the acclaimed Cecil Sharp Project, which was a Shrewsbury Folk Festival project. Tickets are £12.

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