We are honoured to have John Jones (Oysterband) and Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) as our festival patrons.
Here we go again! Another great SFF is on the horizon. After last year’s understandable all British line-up it is great to have an international dimension back.
I saw Judy Collins deliver a consummately professional and riveting performance at Wickham Festival a few years back. Timeless. Carlos Núñez is just a master musician and great performer and has brought the wild sound of the Galician pipes and whistles into the mainstream of Celtic music.
Add to that the infectious rhythms of John Peel favourite Kanda Bongo Man and the energy of Black Umfolosi and you have dance heaven out there under Shropshire skies.
All that and the best beers around. Meet you there.
One of the highlights of last summer’s festival season was to play on Shrewsbury’s new open air stage. To look out and see a host of lights moving like ships at sea during ‘Cousin Jack’ will be a memory that will stay with me for a long time.
Indeed the whole event seemed to go up another gear and the new site layout was a real hit with both newcomers and regulars alike. And what better way to relax between the incredible music could there be than to sample the delights of the cocktail bus or the singing and real ales of the mighty Berwick Bar! As ever Sandra and the team have assembled the season’s best festival line-up in what now must be Britain’s premiere folk and roots event.