Folk at the Farm

Folk at the Farm is at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm Museum on July 20th 2019 from 10am until 7pm.

Folk at the Farm Logo

Folk at the Farm is a Shropshire Folklore Story and Music Festival. There will be a Folklore Trail celebrating Shropshire words.

There will be be music in the meadows, beer in the barn and activities that all the family can get involved with around at Folk at the Farm.

There will be traditional crafters demonstrating their skills and selling their wares. Their will be have ago sessions as well.

Whalebone with Jean Atkins will be performing Understories, a fusion of music and poetry.

Men from Off, Janie Mitchell and Free Born Rising will provide more music and some performers will be wandering  round and providing entertainment.

Storytellers will telling stories for young and old, these include Cath Edwards, Andy Harrop and Sal Tonge.

There will be dancing from Ledbury Morris and poetry from Kate Innes and Carol Forester.

Folk at the Farm is a great chance to celebrate our diverse, music, poetry, storytelling and much more.

Advance bookings for adults are £15 and a Family ticket is £30. Information and tickets available at or

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Beardy Folk Festival 2019

Beardy Folk Festival at Hopton Court near Cleobury Mortimer, is on 21st until 23rd June 2019 over the Solstice weekend.

Beardy Folk Festival 2019 Logo

This festival has a great line up for its second year. Skerryvore, 3 Daft Monkeys, Urban Folk Quartet and Martin Joseph are among those performing.

A poster shwoing the Beardy Folk Festival line-up

There are two stages at the Beardy Folk Festival, the main stage and Accoustic.

New this year is the Beardy Arts Tent which will be hosting workshops. These including singing , Morris Dancing, melodian playing, poetry and the spoken word.

There is a Trade Village, food stands and a beer tent selling real ale. If gin is your tipple there will be a Gin Bar hidden in the Walled garden.

The Enchanted Wood has walks for you to explore. There are woodland activities and lots of children’s entertainment.

Best prices the earlier you book, £99 with £15 for camping. There are day tickets available too.

If you feel you need an energy charge there is yoga at 10am each morning.

Let’s hope this Festival goes from strength to strength.

The images used in this post are copyright Beardy Folk Festival and used with their kind permission.

Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2018

The annual Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2018 starts on Friday 24th August and continues through Bank Holiday Monday 27th August.

Saturday August 25th offers a rare appearance of the legendary guitarist Richard Thompson with his Electric Trio. Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of top 20 Guitarists of All Time, the former founding member of folk legends Fairport Convention will be headlining on the Bellstone Stage.

Richard Thompson - Guitarist

The festival prides itself on the eclectic line-up of performers from across the UK and features:

  • four main music stages
  • a dance tent with ceilidhs, workshops and dance shows
  • a craft fair
  • a food village
  • real ale, prossecco and cocktail bars

Amongst the performers this year:

  • Steeleye Span
  • Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band
  • BBC Folk Award winner Daoirí Farrell
  • Scottish folk rockers Skerryvore
  • Irish super group Usher’s Island
  • The Remnant Kings
  • American singer songwriter Gretchen Peter

You can find more information at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival Web site.

The image at the top of this blog post is copyright Shrewsbury Folk Festival and used with their kind permission.

The image of Richard Thompson is from Wikimedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share 3.0 Unported license.

Folk Down the Track December 2016

The Heart of Wales Line

The Heart of Wales Line

The December Folk Down the Track is on the 15th at the Castle Inn Knucklas.

The train times have changed. The train leaves Shrewsbury at 18:24 pm, it will arrive at Church Stretton at 18:42 pm.

It will leave Craven Arms at 18:54 pm arriving at Knucklas at 19:25 pm. Leaving to come home will be at 21:50 pm, some one kind will go round to let you know when to walk back up to the station.

Christmas hats are to be worn to make it a jolly trip down the Heart of Wales line.

Merry Christmas

Folk Down the Track

The Heart of Wales Line

The Heart of Wales Line

The Folk Down the Track takes the Heart of Wales line to the Castle Inn, Knucklas. Enjoy a train journey with beautiful views (in Summer) and real ale and live music. Trains to get there leave Shrewsbury at 18.25pm calling at Church Stretton, Craven Arms, Broome, Hopton Heath, Bucknell and.Knighton. Catch the train from Ludlow at 18.17 pm then change at Craven Arms.

The Castle Inn hosts the Folk Music session in three rooms showcasing local bands and singers with a ‘session’ anyone can join in. There is real ale handed out over peoples heads in jugs so you don’t have to keep returning to the bar. There is also food available at the Castle Inn.

The train back from Knucklas leaves at 21.50 but don’t worry you won’t miss it, a call will go up giving you time to finish your drink and head off up the hill to the station. Don’t expect a quiet journey home, song sheets will be handed out at the station and once the train is under way the sing along starts. You will know many of the songs but I can’t remember them presently.

Next trip for Folk Down the Track will be on October 20th 2016, with a pre-Christmas  session on December 15th 2016.