Entries by Jo Cunningham

Record year of festival fundraising

Visitors to this year’s Shrewsbury Folk Festival have helped to raise a record amount for its long-term charity partner. Hope House, which supports children with life limiting illnesses and their families, received more than £7,000 from this year’s four-day event, including a donation of more than £2,000 from festival organisers. The money will be used […]

More headliners announced

Folk legend Richard Thompson is set to make an electrifying return to this year’s festival with a rare appearance with his Electric Trio. The former Fairport Convention musician, named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time, will headline the Bellstone stage on Saturday August 25. Other names added […]

Buy the Resound tribute CD online

A CD launched in tribute to our co-founder Alan Surtees has raised more than £4,000 for a charity set up in his name to support young and emerging musicians. The profits from Resound, a 15-track recording featuring tracks from artists including Oysterband, Jon Boden, Grace Petrie and Karine Polwart, will be ploughed into the Alan […]

A very big thank you

Thank you so much for all your amazing fundraising efforts for Hope House at this year’s festival. You’ve helped to raise more than £6,400 for music therapy sessions for the children with life limiting illnesses that use the hospice. This year’s fundraising takes the overall amount pledged to Hope House since we began our partnership […]

And in at number one…..

Every year, we eagerly await the news from our friends at Roots Records about which were the top selling CDs of the festival. They’ve crunched the numbers and this year’s top 20 was: 1.    Skipinnish 2.    The Fitzgeralds 3.    Daphne’s Flight 4.    Eric Bibb 5.    Le Vent du Nord 6.    The Young ‘Uns 7.    Sarah […]

A celebration of Alan’s life

A celebration of Alan’s life will take place on Monday July 17th at St Chad’s Church, 1 St Chad’s Terrace, Shrewsbury, SY1 1JX, at 1.15pm. Please arrive at 1pm for a 1.15pm start. There is no dress code – please wear whatever you feel comfortable in which may include a festival t-shirt. Black is not […]

Alan Surtees

It is with immense sadness that we have to announce the death of our co-director Alan Surtees following a short illness. It was Alan’s vision and passion, along with that of his wife Sandra, which turned the idea they had 20 years ago of a folk festival for Shropshire into the major event that we […]