Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Hope House. Thank you.

Thanks to the generosity of our festival goers, we raised thousands of pounds at this year's event to fund music therapy for children with life limiting illnesses who attend the Hope House Hospice in Shropshire.

As those of you who came to the West Mid showground on Sunday will know, volunteers from the hospice were outside the two marquees after the afternoon concerts collecting with buckets - and boy, did you fill them! Painstaking counting revealed a massive £1,054 was raised via the collection and a further £130 from the collecting tins dotted around the site over the weekend.

When we made our fundraising commitment to Hope House we agreed to donate a proportion of our tickets sales - we are still totalling up, but we already know it will be in excess of £3,000!

Some of us committee members were lucky enough to get the chance to visit Hope House and see the work it does and we have no doubt that every penny you donated will make a real difference.

Many of the children at Hope House have limited speech, learning difficulties or a severe disability and music is a great outlet for them. It costs around £8,000 - all of which has to come from the £3.5 million the charity has to raise each year - and thanks to our wonderful visitors we can now fund over half the cost.

So thank you from everyone at Shrewsbury Folk Festival and at Hope House - we'll fill you in on the final total as soon as we know it!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Pictures and Videos

We now have a selection of pictures available on the main festival website here

A quick look at flickr reveals hundreds of pictures from this years’ festival, and youtube has performances from almost everybody, you can find almost the entire Bellowhead set on there.

If you have pictures or videos of the festival online, then thank you very much, we (and we imagine people who attended the festival) love searching for them during idle moments…if you do have any online then please post a comment with a link below so we can all take a peek!

Of the official pictures (around 4000) taken by Sabine of Virtual Shropshire, I’ve chosen my favourites from each day - not necessarily the best pictures, but shots that capture the atmosphere of the festival.

In order, from top to bottom
Friday Breabach open the festival in Marquee 2
Saturday bellydancing in the dance tent
Sunday The Duhks finishing their excellent village stage concert
Monday Bellowhead enjoying a mid-song dance
click any image for a larger view