Shrewsbury Folk Festival announces first acts for its 20th event

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Grammy award winning American singer songwriter Rosanne Cash – the daughter of country singer Johnny Cash, folk rock band The Levellers, Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band, singer songwriter Tom Robinson, and world music star Raghu Dixit are among the

Others include Dervish & guests, Show of Hands, Treacherous Orchestra, John McCusker Band, Andy Irvine, folk reggae group Edward II, Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson, Shooglenifty, Sheelanagig, The Urban Folk Quartet, Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra, Galleon Blast, The Boondock Hippy, Amadou Diagne & Modou Cissokho, Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow, Dila V and The Oddbeats, Medicine Creek, Gnawa, Roaring Trowmen, and the Andy May Trio. As ever, the festival will feature a number of overseas artists including the return of American singer songwriter Richard Shindell and folk bluegrass band Barnstar!. Young Canadian trio Ten Strings and a Goatskin, which took this year’s festival by storm, will be returning. Further names will be revealed throughout the run up to the festival.

The event takes place annually at the West Mid Showground over the Bank Holiday weekend - this year runs from August 26 to 29.

It will be a celebratory year for the festival that marks its 20th event in the county – it began life as Bridgnorth Folk Festival in 1997 before expanding to Shrewsbury in 2006.

Tickets go on sale on December 1 and organisers have introduced a new tiered pricing system, with the first group of adult weekend tickets held to the same price as 2015. Day tickets start from £35.

The festival has also released a promotional film, produced by Shrewsbury filmmaker Painted Life Productions, from the 2015 festival.

Festival Director Alan Surtees said: “2016 will be a very special year for us and we are aiming to recreate some of the best gigs we’ve ever had with our line up to mark our 20th festival. We’ll also be bringing one or two special treats to our audience with acts who’ve wowed the festival before.”

The festival has four music stages, a dance tent, more than 100 workshops, children and youth programmes, onsite camping, a craft fair, real ale, wine and cocktail bars, and a food village.

Published on 30 November 2015 by Ben Robinson

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