Alan Surtees Trust Benefit Gig Tickets

The Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury
Friday 10th Jan 2020 7:00pm
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Support the trust at a one-off show with music from John Jones & friends, Steve Knightley (festival patrons), Grace Petrie and Hannah James at The Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury, on January 10. All profits will go to the Alan Surtees Trust.

All funds from compilation CDs Resound 2017 and Resound 2018 go to the trust – buy yours now from Roots Records or the merch tent or online:

Grace Petrie
Grace unique take on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which it is delivered, has won over an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes. She’s toured with Billy Bragg and Frank Turner. Her last album ‘Queer As Folk’ was released in September 2018. She’s the urgent, pulsing, compassionate talent this world desperately needs.
She first exploded onto the national protest scene in 2010 with the emotive anthem Farewell to Welfare, which captured perfectly the spirit of the new wave of dissent in austerity Britain. Since then, she has written, recorded and toured relentlessly and she has quietly become one of the most respected and prolific songwriters working in the UK today.

Hannah James
Hannah is a veteran of the folk festival and club circuit and it was during Hannah’s frequent appearances at SFF that she and Alan became friends.
With Kerfuffle, Hannah has released five albums and was a finalist in the BBC Young Folk Awards. When Kerfuffle split Hannah continued to perform with fiddle player, Sam Sweeney, and released the acclaimed album Catches and Glees. As a champion clog dancer, she was heavily involved with the development of Demon Barbers Roadshow Time Gentlemen Please. In 2015 for Songs of Separation Hannah joined nine other female folk artists on the Isle of Eigg recording works which reflected on the issue of ‘separation’ in its many forms, through traditional song.
Alan asked Hannah to be lead artist for Shrewsbury Folk Festival’s ‘All Together Now’ project, this was two years of work, involving ten Primary Schools and six different percussive world dance disciplines. The project culminated with a magnificent main stage premiere entitled ‘They Shall Not Pass’ in 2016.
Further, Alan championed Hannah’s concept work, Jig Doll, which she brought to premiere at Shrewsbury Folk Festival.
Hannah is the founding Trustee of the Alan Surtees Trust, which enables young, emerging musicians to benefit form financial support. Hannah feels this is a special way of saying thank you to Alan for his support of her work as an artist, and a way to continue his work as a legacy.

John Jones
Born in Aberystwyth, Wales, and brought up in Meltham, Yorks. Dad rarely spoke Welsh, maybe because they called him Taffy, which he hated. Mum's family came from Castleford and had a coal-mining background. Parents were Labour supporters, grandparents were Communists, so there was no shortage of political argument in the house. My grandad, Edward Longley ("Red Ted"), was the greatest influence on my life when young. From him I got radical politics, the sense of injustice, a love of nature, a love of lurchers, hatred of the Tory way of mind, the sense of history, and a short temper.
Went to grammar school; was made aware of what selection in schools does to people. Survived school thanks to good teachers and was the first of my family to go to university. After football, music was my big love, particularly Northern Soul. Became the first mod in Meltham. Learned piano, thankfully.
Went to Exeter University: a revelation, it was so middle-class. Took Politics and Sociology (people did in those days). Fell in love with British traditional music and all things English - learned melodeon, morris-danced, wore collarless shirts, and generally tried my best to become an old man before my time. Arrived in Canterbury, Kent, via London, and met afro-haired, bespectacled guitarist and severe short-haired Scottish fiddle-player (among many others in a truly amazing local music scene). Was an English teacher for some time and became a year-head in Canterbury's only comprehensive school. I was a lazy teacher but a good year-head - I think.
Helped form Oyster Ceilidh Band, which in its prime was the best ceilidh band, anywhere, ever. Took on the role of singer, went full-time into music, never looked back. Now I live on the Welsh border and am struggling to learn Welsh.

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