shrewsbury folk festival

01 Dec 2018
Tickets have gone on sale for the 2019 Shrewsbury Folk Festival as organisers have shared the first names to be added to the bill.  Weekend tickets to the four-day event, that will take place at the West Mid Showground from August 23 to 26, are expected to be in high demand. Last year the first tier of tickets were snapped up in less than 30 minutes and weekend tickets sold out a month before the...
01 Oct 2018
Visitors to this year’s Shrewsbury Folk Festival have helped to raise a record amount for its long-term charity partner. Hope House, which supports children with life limiting illnesses and their families, received more than £7,000 from this year’s four-day event, including a donation of more than £2,000 from festival organisers. The money will be used to fund music therapy sessions at the...
24 Sep 2018
A new teaching resource to help educators explore themes of diversity and inclusion through dance has been unveiled by Shrewsbury Folk Festival. The 21-minute step-by-step guide on how to structure and deliver a workshop for primary school children has been published on the festival’s website for teachers to watch. The film, produced by Wem based Media Active, is one of the final outcomes of the...
21 May 2018
Shropshire teachers are being invited to take part in a free workshop aimed at encouraging a new generation of children to learn traditional English dance. The day-long session at Trinity Primary School in Ford on June 15 will give primary teachers an insight into how to combine folk dance with contemporary hip hop and how it can be incorporated in the timetable for lessons in dance, fitness or...
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...
10 Apr 2018
    An award-winning musician will host a free song writing workshop in Shrewsbury next month as part of a programme by Shrewsbury Folk Festival to get more young people involved in traditional music. Greg Russell, who won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2013 and the Horizon Award from the same source with Ciaran Algar on 2014, will deliver the session for 11 to 15-year-olds at The Hive in...
29 Mar 2018
Shrewsbury Folk Festival has kicked off a search for young musicians who want the opportunity to showcase their talents at the major music event. The festival is appealing for solo performers and groups aged 16 to 26 who live in Shropshire, Mid Wales, or the West Midlands to pitch for one of the places available on The Launchpad stage. The Launchpad is being sponsored by Midlands What’s On, the...
31 Jan 2018
Folk legend Richard Thompson is set to make an electrifying return to this year’s Shrewsbury Folk Festival after organisers announced a rare appearance by the musician with his Electric Trio. The former Fairport Convention musician, named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time, will headline the festival’s Bellstone stage on Saturday August 25.   More than half of...
08 Jan 2018
Hundreds of schoolchildren across Shropshire are set to learn new music and dance skills in an education project being delivered by one of the country’s leading folk festivals. Professional dancers will deliver workshops at four Shropshire schools – Chirbury Primary School, Gobowen Primary and St George’s Junior and Radbrook Primary in Shrewsbury – from January to March, as part of Shrewsbury...
06 Nov 2017
A CD launched in tribute to the co-founder of Shrewsbury Folk Festival has raised more than £4,000 for a charity set up in his name to support young and emerging musicians. The profits from Resound, a 15-track recording featuring tracks from artists including Oysterband, Jon Boden, Grace Petrie and Karine Polwart, will be ploughed into the Alan Surtees Trust. The Trust, which has been formed by...
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