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More Names Announced for Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Mar 6, 2024

South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo, singer songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman  (USA) and Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle are among the new names just revealed for the Shrewsbury Folk Festival August Bank Holiday line-up.
Beth Neilson Chapman
Grammy nominated Mary Gauthier (USA), Kathryn Tickell & The DarkeningThe Wandering HeartsThe Hello Darlins’ (Canada), The Pleasures (Australia), and solo sets from Suntou Susso, Anthony John Clarke and Al O’Kane have also been added to the roster for the August 23rd to 26th festival.
Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening  – Photo by Georgia-Claire
Shrewsbury’s diverse line up of folk, Americana and world music also includes Mary Black (Ireland), Eric Bibb (USA), Ward ThomasMànran, Le Vent du Nord (Canada), The Sentimentals (Denmark) with friends, Dream in Colors, The Longest Johns, El Pony Pisador (Spain), Suntou Susso Band, Ranagri, Joshua Burnell Band, Nati, The HunchRosie Hood BandJoli BlonJames Delarre & Saul Rose, Winter WilsonThe 309s, The Lost Notes and Patakas.
Shrewsbury’s dance line-up is led by a rare ceilidh performance from acclaimed folk duo Spiers & Boden with ceilidhs and other social dances from Abrevyn and Bagas FellyonBanterCri du CanardClub DébrisCrowdy KitEFDSS Ceilidh Band, James Delarre, Saul Rose & Dave DelarreMonster Ceilidh Band, Tom Moore & Archie Churchill-Moss, Steamchicken and The Oakstone Trio
Entertainer Dan the Hat, who has performed at festivals worldwide, will also make his Shrewsbury debut with scheduled and impromptu shows across the weekend. 
Director Sandra Surtees said: “We are over the moon to have enticed Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Shrewsbury – it’s a real coup. They’ve been on our wish list for a very, very long time. Their sound is instantly recognisable from Paul Simon’s Graceland album and will add an extra dimension to the world music acts on our line-up.
“We pride ourselves on the variety of music we offer from around the world and pleased to have secured two fabulous American singer songwriters with Beth Nielsen Chapman and Mary Gauthier along with two more festival first time visitors – The Hello Darlins from Canada and The Pleasures from Australia.
“Closer to home, we know festivalgoers will be delighted to see Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle and Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening on the bill along with The Wandering Hearts and more names. Our 2024 line-up really does have something for every music taste and there’s still more headliners to come!”
As well as music across four stages, Shrewsbury offers a dance tent for ceilidhs, shows ad workshops; dedicated festivals for children and young people, including music, dance, crafts and circus skills; and workshops form yoga to crafting, rambles, singarounds and music sessions.  Concerts from its main stages are broadcast with views tuning in from across the work to watch the live performances.
There’s also on-site camping and glamping, a food village and festival shop, craft fair and real ale, wine and cocktail bars with the festival spilling out in Shrewsbury town centre and local pubs.
Day and weekend tickets are on sale at, starting from just £43 with carer concessions and a three-month payment plan available.
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