Shropshire

Shrewsbury Folk Festival opens to public

Shrewsbury Folk Festival in 2009
Image caption The folk festival moved from Bridgnorth to Shrewsbury in 2006

One of England's most popular folk festivals has got under way in Shropshire.

Shrewsbury Folk Festival sold out in May, with some 6,500 visitors expected to attend the four-day event at the West Mid Showground on Berwick Road.

The headliners include The Imagined Village, Show of Hands, Bellowhead, Oysterband and Chris Wood.

The annual festival started in Shrewsbury in 2006, after running for nine years in Bridgnorth.

Festival organisers estimate the event now brings in £3.7m annually to the local economy.

More than 60 acts will perform over the weekend, including traditional dancers. A video stream on the festival's website will also broadcast the event.

This year's festival also features a series of new commissions, inspired by the work of Cecil Sharp.

One of the country's leading folk music collectors, Sharp was largely credited with the early 20th Century folk revival.

The works, by eight prominent musicians, have also appeared on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4's Front Row programme.

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