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Wailin' Jennys' Cara heading to Shrewsbury

TransAtlantic folk stars The Wailin' Jennys feature prominently on the wishlist for visitors to Shrewsbury Folk Festival – and one of their founding members will return to the county town on June 16.

Going solo – Cara Luft from the Wailin’ Jennys

The trio are one of the country's most popular female folk groups and one of their founding members, Cara Luft, will be in Shrewsbury on June 16 at the Hive in Belmont for one of the monthly folk gigs, organised by Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

Since leaving the trio, Luft has wowed audiences and critics across North America and Europe with her solo performances and her engaging style and delicious sense of humour.

A UK tour is a rare thing for the Juno award-winning performer who was born in Calgary but is now based in Winnipeg.


Her third solo album Darlingford is a tapestry of personal life experiences interpreted and told through music – giving audiences and listeners a taste of her life!

Securing an appearance in the county town is a coup for organisers and Festival director Alan Surtees said he was thrilled.

"Cara is hugely engaging and a wonderful musician. We're so pleased she is coming to Shrewsbury on this tour and there is no doubt that it will be a brilliant show.

"Our aim is to bring quality folk music to Shrewsbury audiences and Cara certainly fits the bill."

The 2013 to 14 Folk at the Hive season kicks off with Richard Shindell on August 1, then Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts on September 15, Rhiannon Giddens and Leyla McCalla from the Carolina Chocolate Drops on October 5, Chris Wood on November 10 and Belzhazzar's Feast on December 15.

Tickets for all concerts, which start at 7.45pm, are available from The Hive on 01743 234970.

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