Oysterband front man and the festival’s co-patron John Jones brings a special show to Shrewsbury for 2022.

JJ writes:

“I am really pleased to be performing at Shrewsbury Folk Festival this year, bringing a show I am calling ‘Rising Road’, reflecting 10 years and 1,000 miles of rambling and singing across this beautiful country and featuring some of the wonderful musicians who shared the journey with me.

“It will be great to share the stage again with ex-Oysterband members Ray Cooper [Chopper] and Dil Davies, who – with Al Scott and Boff Whalley – were the original Ramblers who set off to walk across England from the Welsh border. Add to that the musicianship, voice and energy of Benji Kirkpatrick, the stand-up bass of Lindsey Oliver and the sublime fiddle of Tim Cotterell and you have a great Travelling Roadshow. We will have fun.

“Sadly , the one performer who will not be with us is Rowan Godel whose untimely death this year robbed us and the wider folk world of a golden voice and gorgeous personality. She will be with us as we sing.

“My big thanks to Sandra and the team for giving me the opportunity to put this on. I will feature a new song for the occasion.”