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2016 boasts a fantastic line up of music from Blues to Reggae to Jazz.

With a brilliant mix of bands this year we are sure to see you toe tapping, hip swinging and dancing throughout the Spring Festival weekend. The music stage is located inside the biggest pub ever serving over 180 real ales, cider, perry, cocktails and soft drinks; so why not join us for a beverage and boogie – what a better combination!

Friday

            • 7 - 9pm Eddy Gartry and The Werewolves

Saturday

            • 11 - 11.45am Anthony Doyle
            • 12 - 12.45pm Anthony Doyle
            • 1.15 - 2.15pm Fred Skidmore Organ Trio
            • 2.45 - 3.45pm Arcadia Roots
            • 4.15 - 5.15pm Groove City
            • 5.45 - 6.45pm DNR
            • 7.15 – 8.45pm Fabulous Bordellos

Sunday

            • 11.30 - 12pm Anthony Doyle
            • 12.15 - 1pm Anthony Doyle
            • 1.30 - 2.30pm The Endings
            • 3 - 4.30pm The Reggaelators

 

FRIDAY

EDDY GARTRY AND THE WEREWOLVES, 7- 9PM

NEW for 2016, these guys are made of 5 members playing R&B R&R & Blues! Eddy is a veteran of the live music circuit, probably best known as the front man of cult blues bands, Blues State UK and T Bird Rising. Over the years he’s supported and performed alongside the likes of The Muddy Waters Band, Dr Hook, Wilko Johnson and Hubert Sumlin of Howlin Wolf fame. Now with his band The Werewolves of Powys you can be sure to enjoy an entertaining couple of hours which guarantees to draw a crowd!

https://www.reverbnation.com/eddygartry/song/25271365-i-wish-you-would-bbarnold

SATURDAY

ANTHONY DOYLE, 11-11.45AM and 12-12.45PM

Midlands-based Anthony Doyle is an acoustic-singer songwriter who spans a number of genres. His combination of pop, folk and rock is easy on the ear and he’s built up a loyal local following.

Anthony’s repertoire features songs that many of his listeners will be familiar with. He reinterprets songs  from yesteryear and encourages his audience to get involved – singing their hearts out and dancing along. Anthony is a fan of A E Housman and is looking forward to the happy highway that will lead him to Ludlow.

FRED SKIDMORE ORGAN TRIO 1.15 - 2.15pm 

This trio is put together of Fred Skidmore on organ, John Caswell on guitar and Roy Adams on drums.

Fred Skidmore has been a professional musician for 38 years and has worked with numerous blues acts (Connie Lush, Ian Parker, Vincent Flats) as well as top original artists (Pete Williams, Alvin Stardust). He now leads the trio and plays his ‘first love’ which is the mighty Hammond Organ.

John Caswell is a founder member of 70’s band Zoo Q and currently a member of Steve Gibbons band also. He is known well on the Birmingham music scene and now plays in a laid back jazzy style for The Fred Skidmore Organ Trio.

Roy Adams, known as ‘the professional drummer of Birmingham’ is employed by Roy Wood Ruby Turner and Climax Blues Band to name a few. He is a busy guy but makes up the third part of the trio to deliver ‘irresistible groove’.

Performing a mixture of Blues, Jazz, Latin and Soul with occasional vocals.

This band delivers a sound that is hip and a groove that will be sure to get you dancing.

https://soundcloud.com/user-868279836/fred-skidmore-organ-trio-live-sampler


ARCADIA ROOTS 2.45 - 3.45PM

Arcadia Roots are guaranteed to get everyone moving. Drawing on world, dub, dance and roots genres they give nothing but high-energy live performances.

The band features Dave Small on vocals and percussion, Maddie Abbotts on vocals, Tom Callinswood and Danny Gauden on guitars and backing vocals, and Josh Terry on Bass.

They blend traditional African rhythms and instruments which include infectious soul melodies to create a sound and atmosphere that really get’s the audience going! Don’t miss them!

https://soundcloud.com/arcadia-roots/primal-rhythm


GROOVE CITY 4.15 - 5.15PM

If you just can’t beat the sound of the 70’s, these are the band to watch! Their set is made for dancing, playing music from artists such as Chic, Sister Sledge, Stevie Wonder and Daft Punk.

Their line up compromises of drums, bass guitar, keyboards, guitar and vocals.

DNR 5.45 - 6.45PM

"Do Not Resuscitate play reminders of when rock ‘n’ roll made you believe you could change the world" (they do say so themselves)! Grizzled survivors of the punk rock wars of the 1970s, they bring you classic three minute slices of the Sex Pistols, Clash and Buzzcocks amongst others,  along with a bunch of their own souped-up originals. Expect hi-energy,  pogo-inducing nonsense delivered with a healthy dose of DNR’s legendary irreverence and derision for convention. This rare appearance from Ludlow’s local punk heroes will get the castle bouncing and roaring along to songs you’d forgotten you loved.

FABULOUS BORDELLOS 7.15 - 8.45PM

Having formed in 2011, these guys bring you the Mod sounds of the '60s & '70s from The Who, The Jam, The Kinks, The Small Faces and Secret Affair, plus classics and more contemporary hits from the likes of Paul Weller, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Undertones, Blur, Ocean Colour Scene and more.

They have played hundreds of pubs and clubs around the UK and supported top acts such as The Beat, Big Country and Bruce Foxton's from the Jam. Make sure you are in prime position to enjoy this exciting Mod-revival band at the Spring Festival.

SUNDAY

ANTHONY DOYLE, 11.30AM - 1PM

Midlands-based Anthony Doyle is an acoustic-singer songwriter who spans a number of genres. His combination of pop, folk and rock is easy on the ear and he’s built up a loyal local following.

Anthony’s repertoire features songs that many of his listeners will be familiar with. He reinterprets songs  from yesteryear and encourages his audience to get involved – singing their hearts out and dancing along. Anthony is a fan of A E Housman and is looking forward to the happy highway that will lead him to Ludlow.

THE ENDINGS 1.30 - 2.30PM

These guys are a Shropshire based five piece band playing folk-rock with a bluegrass twist.

The band members include
Ciaran Bradley - vocals, guitar, fiddle, Paul Anslow - mandolin, banjo, backing vocals, Sophie Milburn - vocals, fiddle, Verna Ball - drums, backing vocals and Jim Williams -vocals, bass.

This high energy band covers music from The Pogues, The Levellers, The Waterboys and Steve Earl.

https://www.facebook.com/The-Endings-Telford-189926264400643/info/?tab=overview

THE REGGAELATORS 3 - 4.30PM

The Reggaelators are a versatile nine-piece band, playing only the best in reggae and ska. They guarantee to get any crowd moving and grooving. By the end of the night, you'll almost certainly be stomping and jumping too!     

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Festival Pub

With over 200 Real Ales from over 50 brewers from across the SIBA Wales and West region this is beer lovers paradise.

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2016 What's On

A Festival all of it's own - just look what Ludlow Spring Festival 2016 has to offer! The Festival Pub hosts over 180 real ales and a fabulous line up of live music; it's THE place to be! We also have 60 local food and drink producers and around 180 classic cars. Can you really afford to miss it?

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Great Food

The festival focuses on amazing food and drink from across the region and we ae proud of the 60+ producers and 190+ beers we will have on offer throughout the weekend.

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Get Involved

The festivals could not run without its band of merry men & women and it's also a great chance to help a fantastic community not for profit festival - so come and join us!

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Trails

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Other Events We Do...

Three events a year include Ludlow Spring Festival on the second weekend in May, The Magnalonga, second weekend in August and the Ludlow Food Festival second weekend in September. 

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Talks and Tipples

The Talks & Tipples Stage will be busy during the weekend hosting workshops and displays with an 'all drink' focus!

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Trails

With the pate trail on the Saturday and the pudding trail on the Sunday this is a tasty opportunity to explore Ludlow.

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Phone App

The TiCL ap for the festival will help you interact, discover and participate in the event like never before so download to your smart phone before you arrive on site.

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KidzKitchen Cookery Classes

Hands on cookery classes for children aged 5 upwards where the kids will get to be hands on and take their goodies home to enjoy.

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Chef's Kitchen

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Marches Transport Festival

With over 200 classic and vintage cars displayed inside the castle throughout the weekend there is a vehicle for everyone!

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Tokens

Tokens are the currency of the festival and can be used to purchase beer inside the beer tent. No 'real money' is accepted within the festival pub so make sure you stock up!

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'Meet the Brewer'

Friday 13th May 2015 5-9pm will be the chance to meet the brewers behind our fantastic beers and to try the winning brews before they're gone!!

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Know your Beers

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The Team

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Supporters

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Our Exhibitors

With over 60 local food and drink exhibitors you will be sure to find some tasty suprises from goat sausages to real perry.

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Bursary for 16-25 yrs

The Graeme Kidd Bursary is available for young people aged 16 - 25 who want to pursue a carrer in the food industry.

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Ludlow - the Food Town

Ludlow is well known for its fantasic food and drink but throw in the medieval castle, independent shops galore and countryside and views galore - a visitors paradise!

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Get Involved

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Trader Info

Exhibitors are hand picked from the best that the the Marches has to offer and we host over 60 of the most delicious food and drink suppliers, old favourites and new discoveries can all be found!

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Exhibitors Listings

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Trails

With the pate trail on the Saturday and the pudding trail on the Sunday this is a tasty opportunity to explore Ludlow.

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Chef's Kitchen

Chef's Kitchen will give the chance to get interactive and we have some fabulous hearty and scrumptious offerings for 2016. The Pork Pie Making returns along with The Best of the Bar Snacks, Create your own Lunch, Hearty Puddings - delightful Donuts and a Trio of Chocolate Creations. Don't MISS OUT on reserving your space in the Masterclasses this year!

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Know your Beers

If the world of beers appears a bit of a puzzle then this is the place for you to learn the difference between a mild and a porter and everything inbetween.

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KidzKitchen Cookery Classes

Hands on cookery classes for children aged 5 upwards where the kids will get to be hands on and take their goodies home to enjoy.

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Great Food

The festival focuses on amazing food and drink from across the region and we ae proud of the 60+ producers and 190+ beers we will have on offer throughout the weekend.

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Information

The Spring Festival has a whole host of different activities happening throughout the weekend so hopefully this section will answer all of your questions.

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