We are honoured to have John Jones (Oysterband) and Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) as our festival patrons.
John Jones on 2020 postponement
It is sad to see this announcement but perhaps it had become almost inevitable given the domino effect that has taken festivals throughout the summer. It is very difficult to struggle with that awkward balance of hope and anxiety as a festival plans and builds with no guarantee that people will feel safe enough to be there when it actually happens.
Sandra and the team have struggled with this behind the scenes for some time now and my heart goes out to them, the committee, volunteers and all those for whom Shrewsbury Folk Festival is a landmark event in their year.
These are unprecedented times and within the folk world and the loss of a major event like Shrewsbury is a heavy price to pay, for everyone.
That combination of music and togetherness on a beautiful site is the oxygen of our lives and we will need it even more in 2021.
In the meantime, support live music, support venues and support each other.
Love and respect, JJ.