New world dance and music programme

Free street ceilidh to be held

Name our new workshop venue

Workshop yurt

This amazing yurt from Shropshire will be our dedicated workshop venue this year. But the impressive 42ft handmade structure needs a name! We will give the winning suggestion* a free bag of merchandise and a meal on us (food vouchers to be redeemed at the festival). So send your ideas for the name for our workshop venue to before May 31.

* A winner will be picked at random and notified via email. Please remember to include your name and a contact number.

More Friday tickets released

Announcing Dawes

Top 10 summer festival

We are delighted that for the 5th year running Songlines magazine has named us as one of the top 10 summer festivals for people to experience in 2015.  It’s a great honour and we think it reflects the wide mix of music you can enjoy at our festival from traditional and contemporary to North American and world music.

This year’s line up promises some real gems including Folk Nations that features British and Asian artists, Catrin Finch and Seckou Kieta, Calan, and Amadou Diagne not to mention the legendary La Bottine Souriante amongst others.


Richard Thompson Electric Trio confirmed

After months of negotiation, we can confirm the Richard Thompson Electric Trio as our final Sunday night headliner!

Richard has been to Shrewsbury several times to perform solo acoustic sets but this is the first time we have persuaded him to give us a full-on electric performance.

Rolling Stone voted him one of the best 20 guitarists of all time, his piecing, delicate, guitar work brought him MOJO magazine’s Les Paul Award; his equally gripping songwriting earned him the 2012 Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Britain’s coveted Ivor Novello Award. We are very proud to bring Richard’s rare and exceptional talents to Shrewsbury.

Featuring Michael Jerome on drums and Taras Prodaniuk on bass/vocals, it is going to be immense!

Top 10 dog friendly festival

Thanks to the folk at Gigs and Festivals who’ve named us as one of their top 10 dog friendly festivals – you can read the whole list here. It gives us the chance to gratuitously post a few nice pics too!


Dog tired!


It’s not just dogs we like at Shrewsbury!

Festival dog chilling backstage

The festival dog chilling backstage (note artist wristband!)

Design the festival t-shirt and tea towel competition – deadline extended

For 2015, we’re offering you the chance to get creative and design the festival’s commemorative t-shirt.

Open to 2015 ticket holders only, the prize will be a free 2015 t-shirt and a free ticket to SFF in 2016 as well as that warm, fuzzy feeling you’ll get when you see people wearing the top you designed!

Email your design to, clearly marked ‘T-shirt competition’ by March 31 – it needs to be in a Word or PDF format.

All we ask is that no more than 3 colours are used and that the words Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2015 feature somewhere. Don’t forget to include your name and telephone number in case we need to contact you.

Children’s competition 

If you’re looking for something to keep the kids amused, this could be the answer! We’ll be selling a Shrewsbury Folk Festival tea towel this year and would like our younger visitors to have a hand in designing it.

As with the t-shirt, fewer colours and a simple design work best for reproduction but we would like them to design a tea towel that reflects what they enjoy about the festival. The prize will be the chance to enjoy a free meal on us (meal vouchers for up to a family of 4), a selection of free festival merchandise and the child’s name on the finished product.

Please send entries to, clearly marked ‘Teatowel competition’ by March 31 in a Word or PDF format.

Again, use no more than 3 colours and the design should feature the words Shrewsbury Folk Festival somewhere. Don’t forget to include the name and age of the child and contact details for an appropriate adult in case we need to get in touch.

* The winners of both competitions will be notified by email and publicised in a future emailout and on social networks.