Free songwrititing workshop for young, part of Shrewsbury Folk Festival

April 14th, 2018 by Sandy

A free song-writing workshop will be hosted at Shrewbury, under the Room for All programme, as part of the Shrewsbury Folk, on 20th May (Sunday). Festival. Greg Russell, the award-winning musician will run it, aimed to get more young people involved in traditional music. He won in 2013, the Young Folk Award, of BBC Radio-2, and with Ciaran Algar, the Horizon Award too. The 5-hour workshop session in Belmont, at The Hive, is for those 14 to 16 years old.

The intensive workshop will have Greg talk about his approach and share songwriting tips and advice. It will be followed by Greg and the participants in a short gig and also Greg singing his songs. The Room for All project aims, as part of its educational outreach arm, to promote cultural diversity, plus introduce different traditions of music and dance to a new audience, as it had done for schools in Staffordshire and Shropshire.

The programme is supported by Arts Council England, with an investment of £95,000 and also Shropshire Council’s Arts Revenue Grant of £1,000. Joy Lamont, manager for Room for All project, said Greg, a very talented singer songwriter, will inspire and encourage to develop the song writing art of other young musicians. To attend the free workshop, apply before 4th May, with name, date of birth and contact details, by email to A consent form has to be completed by those attending without a carer or parent.