Fiddle player to host workshop ahead of Shrewsbury gig

Top Scottish fiddle Patsy Reid will be sharing the secrets of her skills at a workshop ahead of a gig at The Hive in Shrewsbury later this month.

Patsy, who was one of the original members of Breabach and also performs with Vamm, will lead the session at the media and arts centre in Belmont on April 27 from 3pm to 4pm.

Tickets, costing £12, are still on sale for the gig at 7.45pm that is hosted by Shropshire Roots, a partnership between Shrewsbury Folk Festival and musician and sound engineer Izzy MacLachlan. 

Patsy is well known to county audiences as she was part of the acclaimed Cecil Sharp Project that was organised by Shrewsbury Folk Festival in 2011. She has also performed several times at the August Bank Holiday festival and the town’s Theatre Severn.

Alan Surtees, festival director, said: “Patsy is an amazing talent so we are delighted to be able to bring her to Shrewsbury to perform in her own right. It will be a great gig in an intimate location and one not to be missed.”

The next Shropshire Roots gig will be Lau frontman Kris Drever on May 4.

Tickets for all concerts and venues, are available from The Hive on 01743 234970 or For more information or

For workshop tickets, costing £5.95, go to

April 27, Patsy Reid & Friends at The Hive

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.

May 4, Kris Drever at The Hive

Kris Drever grew up on Orkney with a voice to die for and a sense of musicianship rarely equalled in folk music or any other genre. He came to prominence with the release of his 2006 album Black Water, and was named as BBC Folk Awards Best Newcomer the following year. He is a founding member of Session A9, has been a member of Kate Rusby’s band and has worked with contemporary folk artists including Donald Shaw, Julie Fowlis and Eddi Reader. Kris also collaborated with fellow Scots John McCusker and Roddy Woomble (Idlewild). As Lau, with Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) and Martin Green (accordion), Kris has cemented his position as one of the top musicians of his generation. Tickets are £13.

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