The 4-day Shrewsbury Folk Festival has announced its first acts for next year, when it'll take place from Friday 24th until Monday 27th August 2018 at the West Mid Showground, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
Leading the names is American singer songwriter Gretchen Peters, Irish supergroup Usher's Island, festival favourites Show of Hands, Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, Steeleye Span, Peter knight's Gigspanner Big Band, BBC Folk Award winner Daoiri Farrell, and Scotland's Skerryvore.
There's also Rusty Shackle, The Rails, State of the Union, O'Hooley & Tidow, Megson, Blowzabella, Banter, Alden, Patterson & Dashwood, The Rogues Shanty Chorus, Emma Morton & The Graces, Midnight Skyracer, FOS Brothers, Inlay, and Foreign Affairs, with more to be revealed in 2018. Dance bands will be Blowzabella, Bedlam, Committee Band, Vertical Expression, Kirkophany and Out of Hand.
Director Sandra Surtees said: "The line up is shaping up to be as eclectic as ever with something for everyone. We pride ourselves on catering for a wide range of musical tastes from traditional folk music to more contemporary performers with some world music bringing a global element to the festival. There will be bands from all four corners of the UK, showcasing some of the best acts in today's folk and acoustic scene, with some of the North American flavour for which the festival is renowned. We will be adding more great acts to our 2018 line up and will revealing more early next year."
The festival has four main music stages, a dance tent featuring ceilidhs, workshops and dance shows, children and youth festivals, more than 100 workshops, a craft fair, food village, real ale, prosecco and cocktail bars and on-site camping.
Tickets are on sale, currently priced as follows:-
adult weekend no camping: £135
adult weekend with camping: £160
Family, youth, child, and day tickets are also available.
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