‘Understories’ is a brush with the new folklore of Shropshire, featuring award-winning musicians and poet Whalebone and Jean Atkin. Here are urban – and rural – myths, and tales just out of living memory. They are the common uncommon.
Discover Shropshire’s last wolves and cloggers, its haunted roundabouts, pigs, railway lines and oak trees, not to mention the boy who burrowed under a church.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Unreserved seating.
LET’S ROCK SHREWSBURY, THE UK’S BIGGEST AND FAVOURITE RETRO FESTIVAL
Let’s Rock Shrewsbury was added to the widely successful and incredibly popular series of retro festivals in 2017 and the second year did not disappoint, celebrating all things pop and 80s. What a day it was with a sell-out crowd! An Amazing day was had by all and we cannot wait to be back for 2019.
Let’s Rock Shrewsbury returns on Saturday 13th July 2019.
With a fabulous line-up of artists bringing you the very best of the 80’s and an action-packed day of retro madness, there is plenty to do for everyone at this family friendly festival.
VIP was a complete sell out in 2018 after we launched our upgraded CLUB TROPICANA and TIKI enclosure, which went down a treat. Tickets include fast track entry, luxury loos, meal and welcome drink, PLUS exclusive celebrity DJ sets. Sit back and relax in this exclusive area with comfy seating and chairs and a full bar serving quality brands and 80’s cocktails. Table service is also available if required and we would strongly advise booking in advance if there are more than four of you.
Let’s Rock Shrewsbury is aimed at the whole family, with entertainment for everyone. Children can enjoy complimentary activities within the Kids’ Kingdom area with an interactive circus, face painting, inflatables and more. Children aged 12 and under also have FREE ENTRY. There will also be multiple bars, plus of course the all-important posh luxury loos, essential at any festival!
Let’s Rock has been leading the way for quality, action packed, family – friendly 80s music festivals since 2009. For further details and to book tickets, visit www.letsrockshrewsbury.com
The annual Ludlow Green Festival, the biggest event of its type in the region is taking place on Sunday July 14th. This year’s theme ‘21 Years and counting’, inspired by the 21 years that Ludlow 21,the organising body has been in operation. The Green Festival has invited schools and youth groups to get involved with their idea of what the world will look like in 21 years from now. Other activities on the day include a mega swap of clothes and toys, craft activities, cookery demos and ‘bee bomb’ making workshops and an environmentally-conscious market, along with hot food, live music and local beer. Plus also don’t forget the highly inspiring Wrigley Field Allotments being open to members of the public from 11 until 4pm, just a short walk away.
Monaco Boys Choir, “Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco”, is one of the world’s leading youth choirs and is celebrated internationally for its repertoire of classical and traditional works. The choir will be performing at All Saints’ Church in Baschurch for one night only, as part of the choir’s tour of England and Scotland. Tickets in advance or on the door.
In association with Forge and the Jazz West Midlands we are thrilled to announce that Josephine Davies will play live at The Wakes.
This event will include a supper
Josephine Davies is a solo artist at the forefront of the UK contemporary music scene, pushing the boundaries of jazz with her current main artistic project Satori – a sax/bass/drums trio with an emphasis on extended and collaborative improvisation. It is a project that combines her seeking of freedom of expression with her interest in Japanese philosophy and lifestyle.
Originally from the Shetland Islands and now based in London, UK, Josephine’s writing and playing continues to be infused with a Nordic quality, notably in her use of traditional folk music elements, and her haunting tone reminiscent of the late great tenorist Bobby Wellins.
As a saxophonist she is known for her melodic focus, versatility and unique style which has been described as “consistently inventive” (Jazzwise Magazine), “strong and authoritative” (The JazzMann) and “gifted and imaginative” (All About Jazz).
Deeply influenced by the American composer Maria Shneider, Josephine has been resident composer and tenor player for the London Jazz Orchestra since 2011 and is now embarking on a big band project of her own.
In 2016 Josephine was privileged to be a featured soloist on veteran saxophonist and composer Pete Hurt’s jazz orchestra recording A New Start, which was released to wide acclaim and came second in the British Jazz Awards Best New Album.
Tickets are 15.00 per person includes ticket and jazz supper. Supper will be a single course and will include a choice from 3 dishes all freshly cooked on the evening – examples NOT-SO-CAJUN SHRIMP (Pasta and Shrimp in a Cajun cream sauce): JAMBALAYA (Chicken and Smoked Sausage in savoury rice)
NEW ENGLAND CORN CHOWDER; (Creamy sweetcorn broth with crusty bread). Tickets go on sale at The Wakes on the 1st March
Licensed bar open on the evening serving in addition sweet desserts, a wonderful range of gins, specialist coffees (inc. Espresso Martinis and Irish Coffees) along with a Jazz House cocktail.
This wonderful contemporary jazz evening is bought to you through a joint partnership of Forge Urban Revival and the West Midland Jazz Network
Join us on the 19th July at Forge at The Wakes for an amazing evening of ‘dining for dementia; and delight in live lounge music. A great way to enjoy yourself and raise money for a cause we are all touched by.
For just £15 a ticket you will receive a gourmet burger with burger accompanients and be entertained by International musician Josephine Davies and band Satori . £5 of your ticket price will be given to Dementia UK as part of its Dine for Demential campaign support.
To reserve your place at the table for Dine for Dementia then simply register on this site (then pay on the evening). Follow link to reserve your place at the table https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dine-for-dementia-tickets-64691573237
Event starts at 7pm /7.30pm for supper and music from 8pm -11pm. Your gourmet burger includes a choice of meat, fish or vegetarian burgers all freshly cooked in our kitchens along with burger accompaniments/chutneys.
A great night and raise for money for an amazing and essential charity at the same-time.
A collaboration between award-winning acoustic trio Whalebone and award-winning poet and author Kate Innes, Flocks of Words is an immersive, hypnotic blend of music and poetry exploring landscape and the human soul. Grounded in the Shropshire Hills where the artists live and work, the sounds and language quickly become the audience’s own and the themes universal.
10th Annual Party in the Park
Saturday 20th July
Bishops Castle, Shropshire SY9 5DD
Gates Open 12 noon
Music starts 12.30 – 10.30
Come and celebrate the 10th year of ‘Party in the Park’ on 20th July 2019.
Organised by AMP (about music project) which aims to give opportunities to young musicians in Bishops Castle and the surrounding areas.
Party in the Park is AMP’s big annual summer showcase with many local bands performing along-side invited artists from further afield.
There will be continuous music from some very talented bands and musicians varying both in age and experience, but all with a link to the AMP ethos.
This year’s line-up includes: –
Local favourites: Fight the Bear, BC All Skas, Nuclear Weasels, Without Warning and Adrenaline Rush.
From Mid Wales: Smoke Like a Fish.
Shrewsbury: The Beth Prior Collective
West Midlands: Cantaloop
Oxford/London: The People Versus (previously known as Five Fathoms Deep)
Church Stretton/Bridgnorth: Bohmen
You can follow AMP on the links below and keep an eye out for some surprise guests!!
Party In the Park: https://www.facebook.com/events/281266679489982/
This is a truly fun day out with plenty for all the family including food stalls, Vintage tea tent, children’s activity workshops and so much more.
Bring a rug, a picnic, your dog and enjoy life the ‘Bishops Castle Way’
£8 Tickets – in advance from ticketsource.co.uk/about-music-project
£10 Tickets – on the day at the gate
(under 11’s go free)
A festival in a day! Celebrate Folklore, stories & music at the wonderful Acton Scott Historic Farm (Famed Victorian Farm BBC TV) nestled within the Shropshire hills landscape. Tranquillity, farm animals, storytelling, folklore, folk music, folk art exhibition, stalls, food, bar, family activity paddock, pop up entertainment spots, Chill & get in touch with nature area. This is a low impact, mostly acoustic, traditional festival celebrating Shropshire and its neighbouring borders.
Advance Adult £15
Advance Under 16 £5
Advance OAP £9
Advance Family Admission (2 adults & up to 3 children) £30
Ticket online booking: tickettailor.com
Visiting from their French home town of Toulouse
Four musicians : Marie-Emilie Gauffre (flute and vocals), Hélène Colin (flute and vocals), Fabien Vinues (flute and vocals) and Bertrand Gibert (guitar)
Their music is a creative and colourful blend of instruments and voice bringing together earthy and vibrant tones. Their compositions are inspired by jazz and world music.
Pale Fire Music and Forge Urban Revival present Kornastone, with Ivor Rowley, at The Wakes. Kornastone are Wolverhampton and Shropshire based musicians Dave Lawrence, Jamie Davey, Martin Ratcliffe, Keith Allen and Stuart Ward.
Kornastone released their debut album “Oh My Days” in 2018.
Gavin Monaghan (Magic Garden Studios) commented: “Drawing on classic folk, Country, Trad Rock and Americana influences – Fans of beautiful songwriting will enjoy Kornastone”
Kornastone can be sampled at www.kornastone.com or by visiting the band’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/kornastoneuk
OFFA EVENTS present their SUMMER SHOW! featuring
Phoebe Rees – Scottish fiddler and singer
Vicky Turrell – author and columnist in the Advertizer
Peter Cartlidge and Cathy Andrew – singing duo from Ellesmere
Hermon Chapel, Chapel Street, Oswestry. Friday 26 July. 8pm. Tickets £10.
Phoebe Rees – Scottish fiddler and singer
Phoebe Rees grew up in Scotland and it was in the North-West Highlands that she began learning the fiddle. Influenced and inspired by her early years in the Highlands and also by her travels throughout the rest of the British Isles, Europe, Brazil and India, she includes her own compositions along with interpretations of material by musicians close to her heart. Phoebe accompanies herself on the fiddle, viola and guitar.
Vicky Turrell – author and columnist in the Advertizer
Vicky is an author and journalist. She grew up in rural Yorkshire on a farm in the 1940s and 50s. She writes the ‘Nature Notes’ column in the Advertizer and has published two popular books based on her column – ‘Robin on my Teacup’ and ‘Ducklings on my Doorstep’.
Peter Cartlidge and Cathy Andrew – singing duo from Ellesmere
Peter and Cathy are well-known in the local folk and music scenes. Both are members of the popular Ukey Monster. Peter is also a member of the excellent ceilidh band Five Speed Box. Peter and Cathy will sing a number of well-known songs and invite you to sing along!
To order tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01691 650293. Tickets will also be available direct from Hermon Chapel’s website.
Very special guest appearance by the Shropshire Boatmen at the Castle on Saturday 27th July at 7.30pm.
Come and listen to the history of our local canals and waterways in song. Tearoom open and also a bar.
Book early to avoid disappointment. Join us for a lovely evening.
Why not come in fancy dress or period costume?
On Sunday 11th August between 3pm and 7pm, Iscoyd Park, the private country house wedding and events venue, will be hosting an Afternoon Tea with The Mercia Ensemble, a celebrated chamber music group. Tickets for the event are £42, which includes a glass of Champagne on arrival, and decadent afternoon tea.
The highly anticipated event takes place in the historical venue of Iscoyd Park with guests welcomed by a chilled glass of the house champagne on the terrace, followed by a decadent afternoon tea and immersive Opera from The Mercia Ensemble, a brilliant chamber music group comprising of prize-winning pianist Petra Milarová, Claire Wild, Soprano, and Emma Pountney, Clarinet.
The performance will be followed by an indulgent afternoon tea served on the terrace overlooking the gardens, prepared by Iscoyd’s Michelin trained Chef, David Cox, formerly head pastry chef at one of London’s finest Michelin restaurants, La Trompette.
From prawn with homemade mayonnaise and honey roast ham sandwiches to sausage rolls with hand-crafted puff pastry and Welsh sausage meat served with a pickled walnut puree and black pudding scotch eggs, the menu is a true homage to the art of afternoon tea.
Once the savoury course has been devoured, guests can look forward to a myriad of cakes and pastries, including a selection of plain and apple and raisin scones alongside the Head Chef’s signature pastries, involving choux buns, raspberry cheesecake trifles and fruit tartlets…
Director of Iscoyd Park, Phil Godsal, comments: “The team has been working tirelessly to put together this highly anticipated event and we’re so looking forward to welcoming The Mercia Ensemble to Iscoyd. The kitchen team have put together a quintessentially British afternoon tea menu but one like you have never tasted before. Now we just can’t wait for guests to come and enjoy the afternoon.”
Much in demand as individual artists, the trio formed the Mercia Ensemble in 2015 and have travelled globally with their vast repertoire of operatic arias, classical music and modern songs.
Afternoon Tea with The Mercia Ensemble will take place on Sunday 11th August between 3pm and 7pm with tickets available to purchase for £42. The price includes a glass of Champagne on arrival, as well as afternoon tea.
For more information on Iscoyd Park’s Afternoon Tea with The Mercia Ensemble or to book, visit: https://iscoydpark.com/2019/05/the-mercia-ensemble-supper-club/
7pm from Llangollen Station
Join us for an evening of live Jazz music in our function coach. An on-train bar will be available throughout the journey. Advance booking is essential.
Live music will be performed on the train by the Tuxedo Jazz Band
BBQ food may be purchased on the platform at Llangollen Station before departure
ADVANCED – Tickets are £20 per person.
ON THE EVENING – Tickets are £22 per person.
Special concert. Four organists, David Ivory, David Lobban, Alec Walters and Cameron Lloyd will play Wurlitzer theatre organ at The Buttermarket in Shrewsbury when the Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust pays tribute to founding members Tony Byrne, former chairman, and Geoff Cartwright who held many roles on the Trust who both sadly passed away at the end of last year. There will be raffle, sales table and refreshments available. We hope to see people who knew Tony & Geoff, our regular supporters and people who are perhaps experiencing a theatre organ concert for the first time, to enjoy a variety of live theatre organ music.
The concert is open to all and admission is FREE. No advanced tickets needed. Doors open at 1.30pm for a 2.30pm concert start.
The 2019 Shrewsbury Folk Festival takes place from 23-28 August 2019 and will provide four days packed with fantastic music, dance, and entertainment all on a centrally located site in the heart of Shrewsbury.
There’s four music stages, a dance marquee with acclaimed ceilidh bands, dozens of workshops, a craft fair, well stocked real ale & cocktail bars, Pandemonium! – our children’s festival -and Refolkus for 12 to 25-year-olds – with on-site camping for weekend ticket holders.
See latest information at www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk