Saturday, July 17, 2010

Tuneworks at SFF

We're really proud of the variety of sessions that happen at Shrewsbury, Izzy and his team do a fantastic job at organising these and they always end up being a highlight for anyone who takes part or even just wanders in and listens!

Here are the details of the Tuneworks sessions that will be held at the festival this year....

Tuneworks Beginners Session

This session uses the beginners tunebook available on the festival

website - from the homepage follow the link to Tune Workshops. The

tunes are all tried and tested session standards and are backed up

with some audio files that will give you an idea of the speed. The

idea is that you learn them at home ready for the session. We will

play plenty of repetitions of each tune allowing you to get them

firmly under your fingers in a session environment. Bring your own


Tuneworks Improvers Session

This session uses the improvers tunebook available on the festival

website - from the homepage follow the link to Tune Workshops. With a

wider range of tunes that incorporates those learned in the beginners

sessions, the pace will be slower than at a normal tune session,

giving learning musicians the chance to practice in a larger session

environment. These sessions have been great fun in the past and we

look forward to sharing a tune with friends old and new! Bring your

own tunebook!

Tuneworks Follow On Beginners/Improvers

Last year, many musicians wanted to keep playing after the beginners

and improvers sessions so if you make your way to the Tuneworks

noticeboard in the food tent you'll probably find a gang of fellow

tune addicts ready to kick off again!

Tuneworks Full Speed Session

A chance for everyone to have a blast before the end of the session -

using the tunebooks means you'll know at least some of the tunes, and

get to hear and play them at full speed!

Tuneworks Turn Up and Play Sessions

A few of the Tuneworks staff will meet you at the Tuneworks

noticeboard in the Food Tent and help you get some tunes from our

tunebooks on the go - a good chance to unwind after or before seeing

some of the other great music available at the festival!

Tuneworks Beginners Coaching Fiddle

Kitty Greenwood is an experienced fiddle teacher who can help you get

to beginners session standard. Concentrating on a tune or two from the

beginners tunebook, she will help you to get those all-important

techniques right from the word go! You'll need to bring a fiddle along

to this workshop.

Tuneworks Beginners Coaching Whistle

Rob Pierce is a great flute and whistle player - just the person to

get you going on a tune or two from our beginners session book. You

will need a D whistle or a flute to participate in this workshop.

Tuneworks Uilleann Pipes Course

Jim Carroll is fast becoming one of the country's most respected

Uilleann Pipemakers and has a vast wealth of knowledge of playing

Irish music on a range of instruments. Turn up at the first session

and he will arrange how best to teach attendees over the weekend.


Tim O'the Oak will entertain everyone in the family with his

fascinating stories. A real festival find last year, Tim is one of the

country's best loved storytellers and brings an animated and energetic

style to each night's bedtime story.

Irish Session

After a number of very popular sessions last year, our friends from

Nottingham are back for a session each evening. A great chance for you

to get involved or sit back and listen!

Ratlingfolk Folk Against Fascism Day

Our friends at Ratlingfolk are organising a local folk day on Sunday 25th July where some of
Shropshire's best known folk artists gather in support of Folk Against

Organized by SFF committee members Izzy MacLachlan and Des Walker,
Rattlingfolk takes place at the Horseshoes pub, Bridges, Ratlinghope between
12.30 and 8pm.

Local favourites include Bill Caddick, Harriet Bartlett, Star of the Sea,
Flaxenby, Jonathan Day and Almost Bluegrass with other artists still to be
announced. There will be plenty of sessions including a slower paced tunes
making use of the SFF improvers Tunebook.

The event is outdoors under cover and costs £5 with under 12s being free.
Barbecued food is available all day.

For info on this and other Rattlingfolk events, check or join the Rattlingfolk Facebook group.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Car Sharing to SFF

Car Sharing

For those of you who can't make it by bus, train or car and who are coming from further afield are offering a solution.

Car sharing will allow you to find fun people to share the journey with whilst sharing the cost of travel and hopefully making a difference to the environment.

Simply go onto and log on via facebook; if you are planning on driving, just post a car share request to Shrewsbury home of the Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

Hope this helps a few of you out!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Calan - pics and radio piece

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Last weeks' schools project with Calan was a real joy - the group were fantastic in school and the whole school loved having them there.

The band will be at the festival this year, they'll perform with the kids again, but also have their own slot on stage - make sure you catch them if you get chance!

Whilst in school, Genevieve Tudor from BBC Radio Shropshire came and recorded a short piece about the schools project, you can listen to it here (MP3, 3.5mb)

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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Beer & Cider list for the festival

We have the cider & beer list for the festival, here you go.....

Riches Cider Co.
Sweet ,Medium and Dry
Brook Farm Cider
Medium Dry and extra dry cider, Medium Perry

Dunkertons Organic Cider
medium sweet and dry ciders
organic perry and Browns single variety cider

Gwatkins Cider Co
Foxwhelp, Norman , Stoke Red and Yarlington Mill ciders plus Blakeney Red Perry
Hecks cider and perry
Hecks perry and Kingston black cider

Westcroft Cider Co
Janets Jungle Juice and Morgans sweet

Burrow Hill Cider Co
Medium and dry cider plus pear cider
Someset cider brandy

Broad Oak
Kingston black and medium sweet ciders plus Moonshine and perry

Newton Court Cider
Newtons Dry and Perry

Gwynt y DDraig The Welsh Cider Company
Black Dragon, Dog dancer, Fiery Fox, Two Trees Perry, Farmhouse Sweet, Happy Daze, Malvern Hills Perry, Farmhouse cyder and Barnstormer

Cider House special cider
Stowford press

We shall also be selling farm pressed apple juice from Ju's farm in hereford.

The Beers
Salopian Brewery
Hop twister
Lemon dream
Shropshire Gold
Darwins Origin

The Ludlow Brewing Co
Ludlow Gold
The Boiling Well
Ludlow Best

Timothy Taylors
Timothy Taylors Landlord
Best Bitter

Enville Ales
Enville Ale
Enville White
Gothic Ale
Ginger Beer
Old Porter
Nailmaker Mild

Hook Norton
Old Hooky
Hooky Bitter
Hooky Dark
Hooky Gold

Ma Pardoes
Dark Swan
Broughs Pale Ale

Three Tuns
1642 Bitter
Old Scrooge
Clerics Cure

Best Bitter
Town Crier
Hobsons Mild
Twisted Spire

Woods Brewery
Shropshire Lad and Lass
Pot 'o' Gold

Bathams Bitter (if i can get hold of some) !

Plus some Gluten free bottled ales from greens
these are:

Also on tap:
Butty Bach
Dorothy Goodbodys
Hereford Pale Ale

Hope this is enough for you all!