Shrewsbury Folk Festival heralds second wave of performers


Shrewsbury Folk Festival has released the second wave of artists appearing at the festival this summer.

An aerial view of Shrewsbury Folk Festival at night. Photo: DroneRangers

Scottish sensations Skerryvore, George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Britain and The Unthanks lead the latest line-up announcement with a special concert by Oysterband’s John Jones and special guests performing his Rising Road show.

Police Dog Hogan make their festival debut with the Sam Sweeney Band, Track Dogs, the new duo of Miranda Sykes & Hannah Martin, the Julie July Band present the Sandy Denny Experience, Fire & Dust – the story of Woody Guthrie in a song by Reg Meuross, the Julie July Trio and solo shows by Miranda Sykes, Reg Meuross and Dan Walsh are added to the line-up.

They will join international stars such as folk legend Judy Collins, bagpiper Carlos Núñez, Canadian rockers Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Grammy-nominated all-female string band Della Mae at the August 26-29 festival. Show of Hands, Black Umfolosi, Moonlight Benjamin, Stephen Fearing and The Sentimentals, The Roaring Trowmen and solo exhibitions by Colin Linden and Tom Wilson.

Director Sandra Surtees said: “As always, we combine the best of British folk with a fantastic roster of international artists to deliver an eclectic lineup that covers everything from traditional music to folk rock, bluegrass, l ‘Americana and World Music. And we haven’t revealed any big names yet, so it’s shaping up to be a really good festival.

“Mix it all up with an extensive dance program including indoor and outdoor ceilidhs, children’s and youth festivals, workshops and singing and you’ll never be bored.”

The festival retains an outdoor stage after its introduction last year and there will be two indoor music stages and the outdoor village stage. The Festival Dance Tent will return, providing a covered venue for ceilidhs, dance performances, workshops and exhibits.

There’s also on-site camping and glamping, a foodie village and festival shop, craft fair and real ale, wine and cocktail bars.

Day and weekend tickets for the 2022 festival are on sale now.

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