Saturday, December 29, 2007
To whet your appetite for the 1st, here’s an exclusive glimpse at some of the line-up for 2008……..amongst the acts booked we have Richard Thompson (solo) , Lunasa and the Oysterband (both as a concert band AND a ceilidh band!).
Check back on the 1st for a full list and ticket details.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
The line-up and tickets details will be announced on our main website, here on the blog, in an email to our mailing list and to the press.
If you would like to buy tickets between now and the New Year (perhaps as gifts!), then this is possible, but ONLY over the telephone – you’ll need to ring Sandra on 01746 768813.
Hope you all have a great Christmas, and we’ll be in touch in 2008!
Monday, November 12, 2007
In the meantime, we have our videos from the festival on our website - they're broken down into days and there's almost an hours' worth of performances and interviews.
Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2007 videos
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
In addition to the official photographs for the festival (available on our website here), we’ve opened up a gallery where festival attendees can submit their own pictures.
The details are listed on our website, but this is the chance for up to 5 of your pictures be hosted on the Shrewsbury Folk Festival website, and be viewed by over 100,000 people throughout the year!
We're sure you all have some great pictures out there, and we'd be thrilled to see them and share them with others.
There are no restrictions on what you can submit; we’ll happily host pictures of musicians, the site, your friends – basically, if it’s related to the 2007 festival and you’re happy to send it to us, then we’d be pleased to display it in our gallery.
Monday, September 17, 2007
We’re offering these shirts at just
£4 for adult sizes and
£3 for the child shirts
postage is £1.50 regardless of how many shirts you order.
We don’t have a huge amount of anything left, but those that are very limited are highlighted in italics and greyed out. As we sell out we'll remove the item (or size) from the blog.
If you'd like to order any of the items below please contact Sandra, email and phone details are on the main festival website, thanks.
Small , Large, XLarge
Childs Logo Shirt Orange
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
The Oysterband played the festival in The Quarry last year but John said the new location had sealed the success of the event.
“It’s a fantastic venue. I have walked around the site and looked at it and it’s great, everything in one place.”
John also had great words for the main stage at the showground site – “Any artist would want to perform on that stage – the lights are good, the sound is great, it’s a brilliant venue to play.”
A stalwart of festivals and an artist who has performed many times at the festival is comedian and musician Keith Donnelly. He performed on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday and reflected on the festival he has seen to grow over the years.
“I’m never happier than at a folk festival,” he said. “A folk festival is the best audience bar none – I really enjoyed this year but I’ve never been heckled by so many dogs before!”
Keith, who performed at the festival in its town centre location last year, summed up the 2007 event. “It feels like the Shrewsbury Folk Festival has come home.”
Monday, September 03, 2007
She said the early start had been worth it: “I really enjoyed the gig. I had the feeling it was going to be a disaster – one of the band had been performing the ceilidh tent for two hours and one had to run over to be in time and had been at Shrewsbury on Friday, then at Towersey on Saturday and came back to the festival on Sunday. But it was a really good crowd.”
Another group delighted with the Shrewsbury set-up was contemporary folk duo Megson, who performed on the main stage on Sunday afternoon before carrying out a songwriting workshop and another set in marquee two.
Their fresh approach of combining traditional folk elements with influences like Simon and Garfunkel received rousing support with the Shrewsbury crowd.
“This is the nicest festival we’ve performed at this year, “said Stu Hanna. “The site’s very good.” The other half of Megson, Debbie Palmer, enjoyed the backstage facilities too: “Some of the places we’ve played you end up having to change and put up your make-up in the toilets – it’s not glamorous!”
The “really good” crowd vibe continued into the final day of the festival on Monday which saw the event culminate with legend Paul Brady receiving a standing ovation for his incredible set which marked the end of a hugely successful festival.
Earlier, the American bluegrass four piece Crooked Still had got a rapturous response for their storming performance which saw cello player Rushad Eggleston strip to his underwear - having only started in a shirt, boxer shorts and a hat!
Despite having jetted in from Denmark following three days at the Tonder festival, the performance was one of the highlights of the festival, packing out the main stage on Monday afternoon. The band’s catnap backstage in their hired van helped them catch up from their 4.30am start for their flight to Manchester.
Rushad and banjo player Greg Liszt both said a lack of sleep often gave the band the adrenaline rush they needed to perform well.
“It was a great audience, a great feeling,” said Rushad. “You could feel the energy.” The artists’ facilities also got the thumbs up from the group despite their fleeting visit – with Rushad’s high jinks with sugarcubes, washing up liquid, and leaping over tables livening up the backstage complex! .”
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Nicky Mehta, one of the founding Jennys, said the crowd at Shrewsbury reflected the growing popularity that folk based music is enjoying across the UK and the rest of the world.
”We did a handful of concerts in the UK last summer but we’ve been busy in the US and Canada this year. It’s great to be in Shrewsbury.
”Looking out at the crowd, there was a real mix of ages including young people. You can really feel the resurgence of folk and traditional music in England.”
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Richard Shindell travelled from Buenos Aries to perform at Shrewsbury – his first performance in England in 10 years. Shrewsbury was the only folk festival he played on a whirlwind tour of seven concerts in the UK.
Despite very little sleep because of his gruelling schedule, Richard and his guitar held the audience in the main stage spellbound on Sunday evening, with a set that showed his talent as a writer and performer.
Speaking after his afternoon performance in marquee two, he said the audience had been attentive and he had been looking forward to performing on the main stage.
“It’s virgin territory for me, very few people know who I am. Out of the thousands in the audience maybe a couple of hundred will know who I am. I like that – it gives me a chance to show what I can do, and they won’t have heard my jokes before so they’ll laugh!”
Richard, who also did a ‘meet the artist’ session, was full of praise for the festival. “It seems a great place, everything is wonderful!”
Thursday, August 30, 2007
So, it’s all over for another year – but what did some of the artists think of the Shrewsbury Folk Festival at its new home?
As well as fantastic all-on-one-site facilities for festival goers, performers enjoyed a new approach to hospitality, with a special backstage complex of green rooms and a refreshment area to relax in.
Saturday night headliners Show of Hands had played the festival at its original location in Bridgnorth twice before but it was their first time in Shrewsbury. They raised the roof of the massive marquee to a standing room only crowd of 3,200 who packed the main stage to hear them.
Steve Knightley said it had come as no surprise that Shrewsbury had blossomed into the festival it has become.
“It was always a really well run festival, led by an ambitious organisation - you always had the feeling it would be going places.”
Performing at Shrewsbury saw the pair finishing off a punishing schedule of summer festivals, but Phil Beer said they had loved it.
“We been performing at about two festivals a weekend – anything from 500 paying guests at Dartmoor to this crowd at Shrewsbury - it’s been a mega year but we love it.”
Finishing off with an encore of ‘Roots’, the rallying call to rediscover our heritage through music like folk, Steve Knightley paid tribute to the crowd who responded “as only a folk festival crowd can”.
It was the first time at Shrewsbury for another act which takes folk festivals by storm – Salsa Celtica, the high energy performers who fuse traditional and latin music in an amazing blend.
Lead vocal Lino Rocha, who lead the band of 10 through a fast and furious performance, said Shrewsbury was in a prestigious list of other festivals the band had performed at this summer.
Speaking back stage before their late night session saw festival goers dancing in the aisle of the main marquee, Lino said the band’s schedule this summer had included Cambridge, the world music festival WOMAD and the “one where there is lots of mud” (aka Glastonbury). Salsa Celtica were going on to perform at gigs in Spain and the US in the month after Shrewsbury.
The band, made up of an eclectic mix of nationalities including Venezuelan, Scottish, Australian, Irish and Tanzanian, said they had been treated like “royalty” at the festival and thoroughly approved of the incredible main marquee, again full to capacity. Another happy customer!
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
but there are hundreds of shots on the web from visitors to the festival,
for starters try this
there are more on flickr if you just search for Shrewsbury Folk Festival.
You should easily find pictures of almost all the acts up there - expect there to be lots of Rushad from Crooked Still on your journey for pictures!
If you have a gallery of shots from this years festival please leave a link in the comments, thanks.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
From an organisers point of view things went pretty smoothly, which is in no small part thanks to the stewards and you, the festival attendees.
We'll post some photos later this week, but we'd love you to leave your comments on the blog letting us know what we did right and what we did wrong - we'll take these all into account as we plan for 2008.
For me Crooked Still were the best act of the weekend, closely followed by Bellowhead and Richard Shindell....let us know what worked for you!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The stages are complete and the light and sound rigs are all close to completion – we’re just about all set!
Didn’t have much time for photos today – but managed a quick look inside a deserted marquee 2 before the chairs go in.
marquee 2 - in the traditional Shrewsbury colours
Hope you all have a great festival!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
N 52 43 020
W 002 45 742
These will get you to within 15 feet of the main entrance, but you will see the top of the main marquee well before this!
The postal address of the site is
Travel well, and we’ll see you over the weekend.
We’ll post pictures from the festival has it happens, and a full report after the event.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
We’re well into the swing of things now, and all our main marquees are up - the main marquee is nothing short of spectacular.
If you head into Shrewsbury down the Mount then you can see it peeking up from a sea of trees as you drive into town, it looks like something out of a fairy tale!
Here are a couple of pictures from the site.
Marquee 1 at Shrewsbury
Marquee 2, almost complete
We now have more stewards on site who are setting up the tents that we use for artists reception, merchandise etc., and certainly by tomorrow we should have the majority of the site ready to go.
Monday, August 20, 2007
We’ve had a really productive day and all three of our big marquees, the SP Holding Main Stage, Marquee 2 and the dance marquee are in various stages of completion.
Watching the preparatory work for the biggest marquee (see picture in “Lighting the Festival”) was interesting – the guy ropes are held in by 6 foot plus pegs that are driven into ground by a modified compact excavator with a pneumatic hammer.
The main poles for the biggest marquee are now up, and we feel all 3 marquees will be close to completion (if not completed) by tomorrow – we’ll post a set of photos of the whole site on Tuesday evening.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Although we’ve moved from the Quarry to the West Midlands Showground, we’re committed to involving locals and bringing the festival into town.
There is a full programme of dancing in the Square and Quarry on Saturday and Sunday, plus there will be dancing at the Wheatsheaf, the Boathouse and St Alkmunds on these days
For those watching the dancing in the Square on Sat & Sun, we’ve teamed up with Innocent Smoothies who will be in there with their smoothie van to give away drinks to anyone watching!
We have music sessions programmed in at the Bird in Hand and Wheatsheaf over the weekend, but as is usually the case, impromptu session could happen anywhere.
Friday, August 17, 2007
The programme is full colour and includes bios on every artist appearing at the festival, and the timetable covers every single event from main concerts, to workshops, through to all the events happening in the town over the weekend.
The programme will be available to purchase from the merchandise stand over the festival weekend (NOT at the ticket office as in previous years).
If you live in Shrewsbury or are arriving in town before the festival, then copies are available NOW at the main tourist information office in the Music Hall.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Here’s the current forecast, 8 days out from the festival – at this point everything looks set fair for warm days and mild nights…perfect!
Here’s the link for the updated forecast on Metcheck, which you can check anytime.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
The marquees and tents will all have festoon lighting, in a variety of colours, around the outside, and the main marquee (pictured below) will have rope lights on the guy ropes.
main marqueeThe showground has a good number of established trees on site, and we will be adding lights to some of these which will create a beautiful effect as well as providing ambient evening/night lighting.
We’ve also changed the lighting inside the marquees - the stage lights in the main performance areas, as well as in the dance marquee have all changed and improved from previous years.
We've also installed permanent lighting to illuminate camping areas, these are on a timer and will switch off automatically in the early hours.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Whether you booked online, over the phone or through the post, you will have had a receipt sent to you (either through the post or via email) – you need to bring this receipt with you to the festival where it will be exchanged at the ticket office for your wristbands. The wristbands are your ticket to the venues, and we will fit these to your wrists at the ticket office.
If you book after August 20th, then we’ll hold the receipt for you at the ticket office for collection along with your tickets.
We still have a small number of full 4 day tickets available, although these are selling out quickly – if you don’t have your tickets yet then please order as soon as possible!
Monday, August 13, 2007
The festival site is a very gentle and interesting 10-15 minute stroll along the river loop to the town centre
For those who prefer transport, we have free buses running from the site into the town centre every 15 minutes (Sat & Sun, 9am - 6pm), they will drop off and pick up at the railway station (very close to the castle), and The Square on High Street (next to the Old Market Hall, a beautiful building built in 1596). All you will need is your festival wristband for travel on these buses.
For a map of the town centre, try this town centre map
If your looking for somewhere to eat off the festival site try this food map
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
We've now finalised the layout for the 2007 festival, and the programme has been sent to be printed - there are a couple of changes from the map we posted a month or two ago.
Hopefully this will give you an idea as to overall layout and for those of you camping on site, will give you an idea as to where you might like to pitch up!
click to view larger map
If you'd like to view a printable, high quality copy of the map you can download a copy here
Sunday, July 29, 2007
All artists performing at the festival will be given an instrument case sticker in their welcome pack, and we’ll have the window stickers on the merchandise stall at the festival.
Instrument case sticker
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
The river has been high (peaking at 3.4 meters at 5pm on 23rd July), BUT there has been no significant flooding in Shrewsbury, and we’ve avoided almost all of the water that has been causing problems further South.
Frankwell car park (in the centre of town near last years’ satellite camping area) was temporarily closed but has reopened this morning (24th July). One of the roads to the festival site was blocked due to water at the height of the flood, and an adjacent field to the showground flooded but the festival site escaped the water and is fine.
The water has dropped considerably since yesterday evening, and while still high, the water level is settling down.
Here are a couple of links to webcams from the town centre, these are both near the centre of town and focus on the river.
Welsh Bridge Webcam
Frankwell Quay Webcam
Thursday, July 12, 2007
We chose Ethical Threads for our shirts, a company who source clothes from workplaces that meet international conventions on workers’ rights and who use Fairtrade certified organic cotton (from the Vasudah farming project in Madhya Pradesh, India)
The quality and finish on the shirts is superb and we have a range of styles and colours to choose from – these are straight out of the boxes, apologies for any creases!
Blue Small logo shirt
Brown Small Logo Shirt
Black Large Logo Shirt
Green M*A*S*H shirt (also available in fitted ladies sizes)
Childrens' shirt (no backprint)
Sunday, July 01, 2007
We had Emily, Sophy and Ian from 422 providing music and dance workshops to reception and years 1,2,3 and 5; and had Dave Hunt and Steve Rowley from Sunshine Arts working with years 4 and 6 on a Mummers play and various Caribbean elements including a tuk band, landship dance and playground games.
Friday afternoon saw performances from every school year - the weather held, parents were invited and every year put on a performance that was as memorable as it was enjoyable.
We started with some songs and playground games from Barbados which was followed by a Landship Dance (a performance which symbolizes and reflects the passage of ships through rough seas whilst having a dig at the British Navy!), which was in turn followed by a Tuk Band (authentic Caribbean band of two drums, penny whistle and bells).
Year 6 then performed the Oxon Mummers Play – a traditional Shropshire Mummers play that was adapted and now stands as a distinct play. Some great performances, lines (and costumes!) made the play a real hit with the audience.
422 then performed with the groups they had worked with over the week – we had (and needed) a sound engineer who provided PA for the audience of around 500 adults and children.
Emily, Sophy and Ian played and directed a number of excellent elements including social dances from years 5 & 3 (Belgian Clapping Dance, Virginia Reel, Circassian Circle), we had a clog dance from Yr 5, and we finished with everybody singing ‘Apples and Bananas’.
There were two highlights of 422s set, reception and yr 1 danced ‘Jump Jim Joe’ a simple social dance that grows exponentially with every verse, by the 5th verse the whole school was dancing with children and staff all together on the playground.
It was Year 2 who stole the show, with what can only be described as a spirited rendition of The Rattlin’ Bog – there’s no doubt that every single yr 2 pupil had a great time performing the song and it’s many verses!
The staff, pupils, musicians and organisers all had a fun and rewarding time over the week – as a festival we have committed to providing instruments to the school and a number of family tickets to the pupils and their parents, and we intend to continue our work in the future.
Our 2007 school project was funded by Awards for All (National Lottery), and we thank them for recognising the importance of the project and backing our bid.
Thank you to Dave, Steve, Emily, Sophy and Ian, the staff at Oxon for embracing the project and most of all the children who threw themselves into the week and made it memorable for all. Thanks!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
This is an opportunity for those who play instruments and want to get involved in sessions, but who find it all a little too daunting or who just want to brush up their skills and improve confidence.
We will have experienced musicians on hand playing fiddle, mandolin, box & guitar, and they will help everybody who needs it.
You may learn as many or as few of the tunes from the Tunebook as you like, and the session leaders will be there to keep everything going and running smoothly; they’ll also answer any questions and help you with any musical queries in the sessions.
There will be one session in The Big Shed on Saturday, and one on Sunday in the bar area (which is huge) – we’ll have more details closer to the festival.
This is a first for Shrewsbury and we’re really excited – it’s an opportunity to get involved in a group session without any fear or worries. The leaders are there to help out and ensure you get the most out of session and will help people of every ability.
In the meantime, have a look at the tunebook here, and start practising!
Monday, June 11, 2007
Below are two maps to give you an idea as to how we're going to lay the festival out, we confident this is the final layout, although a map reflecting any changes will be printed in the festival programme.
This is the festival layout as it stands, along with a key showing
the positioning the marquees, camping areas etc.
click image for larger view
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Shrewsbury Folk Festival Schools Project
We’re going to spend a week in late June in a local primary school with members of 422 and Sunshine Arts.
422 will be providing instrumental, vocal and dance workshops to all classes – the details will be finalised on Monday but there will be a band performance, ceilidhs and clog dancing, a chance for pupils to play various instruments, a final group ceilidh, and for some of the older group an introduction to rapper sword dancing.
Sunshine Arts will work with the older pupils on a Mum & Tuk’ play which fuses traditional Caribbean Tuk dance and English Mummers plays; there are also opportunities for Caribbean clapping games and percussion workshops. This is an exciting and significant project which we’ll formally announce next week, with full details of the school and a timetable of events.
'The Big Shed' (see post below) will host some superb workshops for youths, amongst those that we’ve already scheduled are a Longsword Dance workshop with Sue Coe and Ryburn Longsword, a Samba percussion workshop with Sam Pirt, and vocal harmony workshops with Matt Price and Stream of Sound
On Sunday afternoon the dance tent will host a family ceilidh with 422.
We’ll officially announce full details of these next week on both the website and blog – thoughts and ideas are very welcome, please feel free to leave a comment on the blog, we read them all!
Friday, May 11, 2007
‘The Big Shed’ will have workshops from many of the artists performing at the festival – for example there will be individual workshops in songwriting, vocal harmony, melodeon, percussion and Longsword.
There will also be an ‘improvers’ instrumental workshop, aimed at those looking to gain confidence in playing in sessions.
After dark ‘The Big Shed’ will become a dance house or chill out zone exclusively for young people with a folk-DJ mixing both tunes and songs.
Patrick Street were due to play on Monday afternoon, but are sadly unable to make the festival – we’re currently looking at filling the slot and expect to announce an excellent new act over the next few days.
Bob Harris was scheduled to MC for a few hours on Sunday night but is now unable to be with us on that evening.
We’re all really disappointed that neither Patrick Street nor Bob will be at the 2007 festival, but they will obviously be on our lists for booking in 2008. Please accept our apologies for any disappointment.
We’ll announce new bookings on the blog and festival website as soon as we have them confirmed.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Formed in 1879, Hatch Show Print is one of the oldest letter press printers in America; based in Nashville they have a uniquely identifiable art style, and an unrivalled history in producing posters for country music’s biggest names as well as many multi-national and local companies.
The posters are all hand produced using letters and imagery from their own library – many of the letters, logos and images have been used repeatedly over many decades.
Using the same printing techniques over many years has kept an authentic turn of the century feel to their work – every machine is hand operated and every single poster hand made. No corners are cut and the results are stunning pieces of poster art.
Our posters are printed on uncoated 80lb cover, cream coloured with flecks that look like recycled paper – it’s perfect for framing.
We opted for a three colour design, which means each poster has been individually passed through a press three times (once for each colour); it’s a precise and time consuming process but the results are stunning and distinct from any other printing process (click the image for a much more detailed view).
As each poster is hand made, there are slight differences to every single poster – we had a limited print run of 200 posters and each one is individually numbered.
Dimensions (W x H)32.5cm x 58cm (12.8” x 22.8”)
We’re selling the posters prior to the festival as this will enable to you keep them in the best possible condition (rather than trying to keep one for 4 days over the festival weekend!). If there are any remaining posters then these will be available at the festival merchandise stall.
All orders will be shipped in strong postal tubes to keep the posters in perfect condition.
For more details or to purchase a poster, please visit Fish Records
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Thanks to all who made the effort, it was a great night with superb company and excellent food and drink; and it got our stay at the West Mid Showground off to a flying start! Thank you.
If you would like to steward at the festival there are full details on our website, if you're interested in hosting an artist then please contact us.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
The picture above shows the showground and there are a good number of permanent buildings that we can use (just above the GRO of showground on the photo)– we’ll certainly use some as venues for sessions, workshops and ‘meet the artists’; we’re also currently considering a ‘youths only’ room, perhaps for workshops in the day and a chill out area for nights.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
At present they’re £60 for an adult 4 day season ticket, and £30 for youths (age 11-17) but ticket prices rise on April 1st. There are full details on the festival website.
Last year the festival sold out; ticket sales are much stronger this year and we will definitely sell out again – it’s difficult to gauge exactly when we will sell out, but please don't leave it too late!
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Although the designs are still to be finalised, we’ve joined forces with a Fairtrade manufacturer who are supplying a very high quality shirt made from 100% organic Fairtrade certified cotton and manufactured under ethical conditions that meet International Labour Organisation rules.
All t-shirts will be screen printed with high quality inks on both front and back, and there will be a range of designs available across at least 3 different colour choices.
After many comments last year we’re offering a choice of styles, with fitted ladies and children’s shirts available in addition to the standard fit t-shirt.
If you have any comments or have ideas as to what else we could/should have at the festival’s merchandise stall, please feel free to leave a comment on the blog or send an email!
Monday, February 26, 2007
Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies, Peatbog Faeries, Lisa Knapp, Les Barker, Pete Coe, Rod Picott
Show of Hands, Salsa Celtica, The Wailin’ Jennys, Chris Wood, Idiot & Friend (Keith Donnelly & Les Barker), Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies (again!)
Bellowhead, Kate Rusby, Richard Shindell, Kathryn Tickell, Megson, Acoustic Strawbs, Kerfuffle, Marquee One MC Bob Harris
Paul Brady, Crooked Still, Steve Tilston, The Wilsons, 422, Cockersdale, Keith Donnelly
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
We have a new main marquee (pictured) with a size increase from 1,700 seats to 2,200. Our second marquee will increase from 600 seats to 1,000 and the dance marquee will double in size.
Both concert marquees will be fully seated and the seating will go to the back of the venue.
For those who enjoy watching from outside the marquees we will take up some of the perimeter sides (weather permitting).
If you’re not on our mailing list and would like a copy please visit our main website (here) to contact us and request a copy or sign up to our email newsletter.
Ticket prices are listed in the newsletter as well as being detailed on our website – we’re currently in the ‘early bird’ pricing band until April 1st, so tickets are at their lowest pricing level until this date!