More acts have been revealed for the 4-day Shrewsbury Folk Festival which takes place from Friday 23rd until Monday 27th August 2019 at the West Mid Showground, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
Artists already announced included globally acclaimed Galician piper Carlos Núñez, Show of Hands, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, The Young’uns and the Ballads of Child Migration with Boo Hewerdine, Katriona Gilmore, Chris While, Julie Matthews, Jez Lowe, Andy Cutting, and narrated by John Leonard.
Joining them are the newly announced acts of American folk legend Judy Collins, five time Grammy Award winning blues and Americana star Keb' Mo', Zimbabwean group Black Umfolosi, a rare show from the Seckou Keita Quintet, a unique interpretation of the work of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns from Band of Burns, sitar maestro Sheema Mukherjee (Imagined Village, Transglobal Underground), The John Martyn Project - a musical tribute to the legendary singer songwriter and guitarist, plus Sheelanagig, Yorkston Thorne Khan, The Jellyman's Daughter, and cappella band The Longest Johns.
Also on the line-up are American duo Truckstop Honeymoon, Stephen Fearing and The Sentimentals, Colin Linden (solo), Calan, FOS Brothers, Kabantu, Will Pound’s A Day Will Come, The Boxwood Chessmen, Sherburn Bartley Sanders, Mazula, Benji Kirkpatrick & The Excess, and Tom Wilson (solo). Dance bands are Hekety, Threepenny Bit, Woodpecker Band, Naragonia Quartet, The Four Idiots, The Gloworms and Token Women. For the details as available please see the line-up page.
Festival Director Sandra Surtees said: “We are over the moon to have secured performances from Judy Collins and Keb’ Mo’ in particular – they are both absolute stars in their own genres and a huge coup for us. Although we are a ‘folk’ festival, our line up is incredibly diverse, showcasing everything from traditional and contemporary folk from all corners of the UK to Americana and blues as well as world music. The festival has earned an international reputation as a world class event so that enables us to entice such an amazing array to musicians to this corner of Shropshire. We still have more headliners to announce so our advice is, as always, to book as soon as possible before ticket prices go up into the next tier.”
The festival has four main music stages, a dance tent featuring ceilidhs and dance shows, children and youth festivals, workshops, a craft fair, food village, real ale, cocktail and gin bars and on-site camping and glamping. Fringe activities take place in Shrewsbury town centre throughout the weekend including dance displays in the town centre, a parade through the streets on the Saturday afternoon and bands performing in local pubs.
Tickets are on sale, currently priced as follows:-
adult weekend no camping: £150
adult weekend with camping: £177
Family, youth, child, and day tickets are also available.
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