Shropshire Roots winter/spring season

We’ve unveiled a new line up of gigs that will held in Shrewsbury over the the winter and spring. As well as our patron and Oysterband frontman John Jones, we have Jim Moray, Kieran Goss, Mike Wilson and Damien Barber, and the upcoming young duo Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar. Rising star Emma Sweeney completes the line up. For more details and to book tickets, visit the Shropshire Roots page.

Hope House fundraising

Ukelele players performing outside the Hope House stall at Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2014 - credit Mike Dean


For the past seven years, we have raised money for the music therapy service at Hope House Hospice which supports children with life limiting illnesses and their families. We are really pleased that you helped to raise more than £5,000 during this year’s festival.

This year, the hospice received £5,181 made up of a donation from festival organisers for every adult weekend ticket sold, a collection by the charity’s volunteers at the festival, payments for charging mobile phones and other electrical equipment, a Hope House stall at the festival and direct donations from viewers of the online webcast.

Since our charity partnership began, the festival has generated more than £37,000 for music therapy sessions at the hospice, thanks to your generosity

Festival Director Sandra Surtees said she was delighted with the success of the ongoing partnership.

“Music is at the heart of what we do and it brings great pleasure to so some many people during the course of the weekend. We are delighted that our visitors have taken Hope House and its work to their hearts and continue to support it year on year. We look forward to welcoming Hope House back in 2015.”

Hope House Fundraising Manager Vanessa Thomas said: “We are so grateful for the support of Shrewsbury Folk Festival as it helps our music therapy service continue. Music benefits children in many forms and can sometimes be an important way for children to make themselves heard.

“We want to thank everyone who has supported us with a donation – their money makes a real difference and helps to enrich the lives of the children who use the music therapy service.”


UK Festival Awards nominations

We’re delighted to be nominated in the UK Festival Awards for a second year in a row. We’re in the ‘Best Family’ and ‘Best Small’ festival categories. We’d be very grateful if you could show your support and vote for us by clicking below:

UK Festival Awards

Everyone who votes will be entered into a draw to win two tickets to all the winning festivals  – what a 2015 that would be!