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BBC Folk Awards Nominees for new 'Uptown Folk' season

Following the success of the first ‘Uptown Folk’ gigs at the Hive in autumn 2016, we are now ready for its successful funding bid to Arts Council England the Hive in Shrewsbury is pleased to announce an exciting new season of folk music concerts, jointly called ‘Uptown Folk’, featuring some of the world’s best known folk musicians.

The season starts on the 25th February 2017 with the UK artist Jim Moray who has recently published his new album to some positive reviews. Jim’s gig will be followed by Kris Drever in March, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar in April, and two gigs in May with Martin Simpson and Jack Harris & Kitty Macfarlane. The season will finish with a rare duo performance from Nancy Kerr & James Fagan in June.

Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar will also be hosting a free workshop on the theme of ‘Arranging songs for performance’ on the 22nd April.

Kris Drever and Nancy Kerr have both been nominated for BBC Folk Awards, with Jim Moray having 2 nominations next to his name.

The CEO of the Hive Salla Virman says: “Our first season of ‘Uptown Folk’ was a success with some gigs sold out. As a charity, these performances will also support the valuable work we do with children & young people, so we really do hope that the spring season will also get audiences moving. The Hive is a nice space for gigs as audiences can get more ‘up-close’ with the artists – this is what makes us special.”

Tickets to the gigs start from just £12 and performances will normally start at 7:45pm with doors at 7pm, it is however advisable to check timings when booking tickets. The arranging workshop with Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar is free, although audiences must book in advance as places are limited. Tickets can be booked through the Hive website, by calling or visiting the Hive box office during opening hours, Tue – Fri 9am to 5pm.

Greg Russell says:   "Really excited to be back in Shrewsbury. A pretty place and home to one of my very favourite folk festivals. Especially looking forward to playing The Hive, and being part of a fantastic season of shows in a wonderful venue with an intimate and warm feel."