Sally Phillips is a comic actress and writer instantly recognisable as one of the forces behind Channel 4’s award-winning comedy sketch show Smack The Pony. From I’m Alan Partridge, to Hippies, Green Wing, Miranda, Parents and Veep, Sally has been a near-constant comic presence on British television. She has also starred in three Bridget Jones films and The Decoy Bride, which she co-wrote.
Wildfire was formed by Lichfield Arts as a Youth Ensemble to play music as it should be played - with enthusiasm, energy and style! Created as part of the Lichfield Arts Folk Arts project, Wildfire started off as a one off workshop and was so immensely popular that it quickly developed into a band in its own right with regular rehearsals and performances all over the country.
Since then, the band have gone from strength to strength - they have a demanding and varied repertoire and are performing across the country at a range of events such as Chester Folk Festival, Upton Folk Festival, the Acoustic Festival of Great Britain and more! The group consists of over 20 members between the ages of 12 and 25, and offers a unique chance to play folk music in a contemporary way, learning to arrange, write, and perform.
Wildfire is bustling with great young talent and a fantastic sound - think raucous brass riffs against a lively tune on flutes and fiddles, grounded by funky percussion rhythms, a show not to be missed!
Shrewsbury Youth Gospel Choir
Shrewsbury Youth Gospel Choir sings a unique mix of gospel-inspired songs from a range of genres. We specialise in combining traditional and modern gospel, throwing in some pop hits and African spirituals along the way. Guaranteed to give you a lift!
The ‘Above My Head’ Puppet Company was formed just over ten years ago after watching an inspirational Christian puppet group at Spring Harvest. The team are all members of All Saints Church, Wellington, and whilst the composition of the team has changed over the years their aim has always been to encourage a mix of age groups to join them, from teenagers to retirees!
They are occasionally invited to perform presentations in All Saints following the service theme, but most of their ministry is to churches and organisations elsewhere, ranging from Causeway/Prospects groups to Old People’s Homes.
The Goat Roper Rodeo Band
With just an upright bass, two old guitars and a bucketful of aching harmony, THE GOAT ROPER RODEO BAND are preaching ‘Country Blues’ like you never heard… It’s up, it’s down, it’s soft and loud, it’s dark and lonesome too, there’s hurt and shame and some mean old pain but there’s love in what they do! There’s a hint of Gram, a sniff of Dylan and a twist of Waylon’s blues. Simply put, it’s exactly what it says on the tin.
"The Goat Roper Rodeo Band build on what The White Stripes began in finding the perfect fusion of original blues and indie folk … What Nirvana did to punk rock, I sincerely believe The Goat Roper Rodeo Band can do to indie folk….. The Indie Folk Music Review (USA) Wonderfully executed acoustic country blues with two guitars, a double bass and plaintive striking harmonies, a musical landscape driven by old timey sensibilities …there’s a lot to like about the Goat Roper Rodeo Band" – R2 Magazine
Named after a road running through the Chicago Suburbs, Rue Royale developed from Ruth and Brookln’s transatlantic relationship. With Ruth being brought up on brit-pop and northern soul and Brookln on American folk and southern gospel the pair cite influences as Mark Kozelek, Radiohead, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Wilco and Air creating a contrasting array of threads from which Rue Royale formed their distinct tapestry.
With their previous releases receiving numerous BBC 6Music and XFM plays as well as a huge interest in blogs worldwide the pair have showcased their unique brand of indie folk taking in festivals, house shows, club gigs and industry showcases across Europe and the US.
Anam Caras are a musical folk style trio who write and play all their own material. They were formed in 2003 after being initially commissioned by the Celtic Christian author, Ray Simpson, to write a series of songs based around his Celtic Prayer Book. To date they have produced five cds of their original music and they play around the country free of charge, they have played in cathedrals and sheds full of goats. Their 'act' includes music, humour and testimony. They are Terry Braithwaite , Terry and Jackie Mills. They have a Facebook page and samples of their songs are on YouTube.
The Junk Orchestra is a super sonic recycled collection of objects, rescued & re-invented from the urban sprawl.
Throughout the day, they will be running informal drop in sessions for the whole family to make great music!