Friday, May 30, 2008

Eilen Jewell Radio Session

Eilen Jewell will be a name new to almost all of those coming to the festival this year – her and her band are a fantastic live act and we know they’ll be a huge success in Shrewsbury.

Those wanting a peek as to what to expect on Friday and Saturday this year, Eilen played a couple of songs with her full band on Bob Harris’ show this Thursday.

The listen again feature is available for the next 7 days (until 5th June), the songs and interview are about 33 minutes in.

The live session is here (look for the ‘more shows’ link, on the LISTEN box).

The festival page with an MP3 excerpt and video is here

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Stay at SFF in a tipi for FREE!

Free tipi hire prize draw

We know you're guaranteed a great four days of music, dance and entertainment at Shrewsbury Folk Festival but what better way to enjoy it than by staying in your own tipi - for free! With only 20-30 tipis available the odds of winning are very high

The festival has teamed up with The Tipi Company which will be renting out luxury tipis on the site for the first time. And they are offering you the chance to win a completely free stay in a tipi if you book your accommodation before June 30.

So forget about the hassle of finding and packing all that camping gear and instead live like a king with a genuine tipi which contains everything you need for a fabulous four day festival!
Each tipi has a carpet and 6 comfortable faux fur covered mattresses which are spread out around the central fire bowl. So whether you're enjoying a few days with the family or mixing with friends old or new, your tipi will be the place to be!

All you have to do is go to - and book your tipi or a luxury bell tent.

But to be entered in the draw you must book before June 30. If you are juggling finances a deposit option is available. If your name is pulled out of the hat in the winning draw you'll get your money back and enjoy your stay at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival for free.

Monday, May 12, 2008

BBC Young Musician of the Year

If any of you managed to catch the fantastic BBC Young Musician of the Year finals on TV over the weekend, you would have seen a regular attendee of the festival taking part in the event.

Jim Molyneux has played at the festival for the past two years, and his appearance in 2008 will make it three in a row.

Jim won our open mic competition in 2006, and as is tradition, was invited to the 2007 festival as a performer…he came and performed with a young quartet called 4Square, made up himself, Nicola Lyons, James Meadows and Dan Day.

All four of 4Square are excellent musicians; they worked hard and were a real hit at the festival…so much so that we invited them back for 2008.

What makes Jim’s achievement all the more impressive is that his appearance in the BBC competition was as an accomplished percussionist, and his work on the folk scene is as an equally exceptional accordionist.

We send our congratulations to Jim, we are sure that your talent and your personality will take to the top in whatever musical endeavor you wish to take!

Be sure to catch 4Square at the festival, they play a great set!