Shropshire Roads Folk Sessions

I’ve just received updated information from Clive Grainger about these sessions. (Thanks, Clive.)

“Hi David, could you include the following on the Sabrinaflu listings, pleasde? We are not quite in the Severn Valley, but close to a couple of tributaries in the Newport area! Firstly, you list an Open Mic or a session in the Lion at Edgmond. The pub is closed, permanently, we believe, sadly, but the sessions still run under the title
Shropshire Roads Folk Sessions.
We meet every week, and normally get between about 8 and 15 people at a session.

Shropshire Roads Folk Sessions:

  • first Wednesday – New Inn, Newport TF10 7LX
  • second Wednesday – Three Horseshoes, Sambrook TF10 8AP
  • third Wednesday – Red Lion at Sutton TF10 8DQ
  • fourth Wednesday – Three Horseshoes at Sambrook TF10 8AP
  • fifth Wednesday – Red Lion at Sutton TF10 8DQ.

All sessions start at around 8.30pm . Everyone welcome, from beginners to professionals. Plenty of tunes and songs, and everyone who wants to, gets a turn. Expect mainly folk, but also a bit of blues, roots, or even country. For more info email Clive at”

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Animal charities fundraiser CD

Dave Hughes tells me that he is trying to secure some advance orders to offset production costs for a CD called ‘Quantum Entanglement’ he has compiled as a fundraiser for two animal charities:

The two-disc CD is expected to contain 32 tracks, and artists whose tracks have been contributed include Julie Felix, Fairport Convention, Dr. Strangely Strange, Mike Absalom, Keith Christmas, Daevid Allen, and Gryphon.

The early cost is £5 plus p&p. When the CD is released in October, the cost will be £8 plus p&p.

Please contact for more details.

David Harley

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CD review: KAREN MARSHALSAY – The Road to Kennacraig

Another review for Scottish harp music much influenced by pibroch. I really like it.

KAREN MARSHALSAY – The Road to Kennacraig (Cramasie Records CRCD001)

David Harley

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Folk trio Doggerland at Hellens, in Herefordshire

This is an event that sounds interesting at Much Marcle near Ledbury on 12th July: Sounds interesting, including Swedish and Norwegian dance tunes and sea songs. You can get directions to the venue here:

David Harley

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Castlefields session change of venue – further news.

News from Roger Drummond about the 2nd Friday session formerly at the Dog & Pheasant in Castlefields, Shrewsbury.  (Previously mentioned here.)

For our June session we moved from the Dog & Pheasant to Castlefields Community Hall.  This proved to be a successful evening, our usual format of songs, tunes, stories, poems, news etc. plus a little dancing!!  Everyone seemed to enjoy it and it was good not to have the background noise.  Some brought their own drinks and the pub next door was happy to serve us to carry out to the hall.

All finished looking forward to next time which should be 12th July but unfortunately with work and family commitments it is proving impossible to run that evening so can we call on everybody’s good nature to make the next session, 9th August, a really good one. ” 

David Harley

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Grey Wolf & Deborah Rose in Ludlow

Here’s a gig in Ludlow I’ll be sorry to miss: June 20th at the Ludlow Brewery. Grey Wolf with Deborah Rose and friends, as part of the Fringe Festival. More info/tickets here.

Lots of other events worth a look, too.

David Harley

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2nd Friday session at Dog & Pheasant trying new venue

News from Roger Drummond. The 2nd Friday event currently held at the Dog and Pheasant in Shrewsbury will be trying out a different venue this month (14th June 2019), the Castlefields Community Hall, from 8pm for 8.30pm start until 11pm.

“Tea and coffee will be available if required or you can bring your own wine and beer or even pop next door to the Telegraph…we are suggesting a £3 per person donation to cover expenses … We will have plenty of space, in a quiet room, to play tunes, sing songs, tell stories, recite poems and even fit in a dance or two if you want. Lets give it a go, it could have a lot going for it…”

I’ve always enjoyed the evenings I’ve spent there, so I hope it works out well for them. I’ll try to keep you informed.

David Harley

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