Folk Festival

12 Oct 2020
hrewsbury Folk Festival has been awarded £93,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.  The four-day annual event is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £...
09 Mar 2020
One of the Midlands’ leading music festivals is offering folk stars of the future a platform to showcase their talents and reach new audiences.  Shrewsbury Folk Festival has opened applications for its Launchpad stage that offers young musicians the chance to gain experience playing a major music event.  The festival is looking for bands, duos or solo musicians aged 16 to 26 who live in...
01 Dec 2019
The first names on the line up of next year’s Shrewsbury Folk Festival have been confirmed as 2020 tickets go on sale. Globally acclaimed Galician piper Carlos Núñez will make his festival debut and organisers have secured the only UK festival performance of The Lost Words: Spell Songs with Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Seckou Keita, Kris Drever, Rachel Newton, Beth Porter, Jim Molyneux and...
18 Apr 2018
The man behind one of radio’s most played songs will be making his debut performance at Shrewsbury Folk Festival this year. Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, who had Top 20 hits with Judy Teen, Mr Soft, Mr Raffles, Here Comes The Sun and their number one Make Me Smile (Come Up & See Me), will be one of the headliners on the first night of the festival on Friday August 24. Festival organisers...
07 Apr 2017
A Shropshire brewery has joined forces with Shrewsbury Folk Festival to give young musicians the opportunity to showcase their talents. Wood’s Brewery, which is based near Craven Arms, will sponsor a pop-up venue called The Launchpad at this year’s event at the West Mid Showground over August Bank Holiday. They are appealing for solo performers and groups aged 16 to 26 who live in Shropshire, Mid...
06 Jul 2016
The final tickets have gone on sale for this year’s Shrewsbury Folk Festival as organisers prepare to celebrate 20 years of hosting the event in the county. The four-day festival of music and dance takes place at the West Mid Showground from August 26 to 29 and is expected to attract around 7,000 people. Around 700 people went to the first festival in Bridgnorth in 1997. It moved to Shrewsbury in...
10 Mar 2016
Pupils at two Shropshire schools are set to take part in a project to learn traditional folk arts with a modern twist, thanks to Shrewsbury Folk Festival.  Children from Trinity Primary School in Ford and Worthen Primary School will take part in a two week-long programme to learn new skills that will be performed at this year’s festival.  Artists from the award winning Demon Barbers and the ...
26 Jan 2016
Organisers of the annual music event have commissioned county folk musician John Kirkpatrick to pull together the first ever collection of music that has its origins in the county as part of its All Together Now project.  All Together Now is the festival’s two-year programme of activities for musicians, dancers, schoolchildren and communities to introduce a new audience to folk and world music...
01 Dec 2015
Shrewsbury Folk Festival has announced the first names in the line up of its 2016 festival.   Grammy award winning American singer songwriter Rosanne Cash – the daughter of country singer Johnny Cash, folk rock band The Levellers, Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band, singer songwriter Tom Robinson, and world music star Raghu Dixit are among the acts signed so far for the four-day festival. Others...
14 Apr 2015
Californian folk rock band Dawes has been announced as another headliner for this year’s Shrewsbury Folk Festival. The Los Angeles band will make its debut at the four-day event over August Bank Holiday weekend.  Dawes has a huge following Stateside and in the UK has appeared on BBC’s Later... with Jools Holland; performed at Latitude, T In The Park and Hard Rock Calling festivals and toured here...
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