A celebration to mark 50 years of one of the UK’s most original bands tops the latest group of artists to be added to the line-up of Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Jethro Tull’s guitarist Martin Barre will bring former band members Dee Palmer and Clive Bunker to the event at the West Midland Showground, which runs from Friday 23 to Monday 26 August.
Other confirmed artists include internet sensation Jiggy, American activist Rev Sekou, Kate Rusby, Grace Petrie, Steve Knightley and the Phil Beer Band. Weekend tickets are selling fast and only a handful of Saturday and Sunday tickets remain.
Director Sandra Surtees says, “We’re over the moon to be hosting Martin Barre’s special celebration of Jethro Tull as it’s a band that spans generations and genres. We always look to bring a diverse mix of music to the festival and we’ve developed a reputation for programming some of the most exciting Americana and world music alongside traditional folk.
“With four main stages, there’s always lots to choose from and our visitors love to discover music that’s new to them – that’s part of the joy of the festival.”
The festival includes a dance tent, children and youth festivals, workshops, craft fair, food village, real ale, cocktail and gin bars and on-site camping and glamping; pubs in town will also be hosting fringe events, and there’s the traditional parade on Saturday afternoon. Visit shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk/booktickets/ to get your tickets.