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A Different Thread

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Farmer Phils Festival

Ratlinghope, Shropshire


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A Different Thread




British-Americana band: Our original songs are inspired by the music that has crossed and crisscrossed the Atlantic over the decades in true folk fashion.

A Different Thread’s original songs are inspired by the music that has crossed and crisscrossed the Atlantic Ocean over the generations in true folk fashion, from the rolling hills of Staffordshire to the Appalachian Mountains. Robert Jackson from Lichfield, England and Alicia Best from North Carolina, USA weave together elements of country, Piedmont blues, and bluegrass with traditional English folk, taking additional inspiration from the folk revival movement of the 70's.

Jackson's mournful harmonica, stirring guitar, and distinctive voiceblend with Best's tight harmonies, impulsive fiddle licks, and the drivingbeat of her suitcase drum kit to create what they call 'British-Americana'.Since they formed two years ago, they have been touring, recording,and collaborating with different musicians throughout the UK, USA,Ireland, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Guatemala.They are currently recording their first full-length album in NorthCarolina before touring the UK this summer with cellist Maya McCourt.

Inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash + June Carter, Doc Watson, Joni Mitchell and Bert Jansch, as well as more contemporary artists such as Willy Mason, Gillian Welch, The Cranberries, Fleet Foxes and Rhiannon Giddens + the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Farmer Phils Festival

Venue Type



We are a family friendly music festival complete with on-site camping, two stages featuring over 50 outstanding live acts, three bars, children's entertainment, highest quality food vendors catering for all tastes, hot showers and clean toilets - all for an affordable entrance price (which includes FREE camping!).

2018 will see us host the 20th Farmer Phil's Festival. We have some really exciting plans, so don't delay and order your tickets before they sell out!

Farmer Phil's Festival is a musically diverse annual event that originally started in 1998 in a corner of one of Farmer Phil's fields near Shrewsbury in Shropshire. The main stage was simply a marquee, with an outside bar serving beer off the back of a 40ft flatbed trailer. As the festival has grown, so has the stage, line up and the entire infrastructure of the event. We welcome around 2,000 music lovers every year.

In 2007, a second stage was brought into the festival arena, followed by an additional comedy stage. We've increased the amount of workshops, children's entertainment and stalls. Most recently the arena, along with the legendary rotating stage, have been moved to a new location, overlooking a fishing lake and woodland. The arena has undergone extensive groundwork and has full drainage, so that surface remains stable regardless of the weather! Our second stage - a solid structure built by Farmer Phil's team - is now situated within the woodland on site.

With the annual event now established as a popular boutique festival, Farmer Phil does not wish for it to grow any further. All future plans are focused on maintaining the extended family atmosphere between our returning festival goers, traders and all of the hard working volunteers who bring the event together year after year.

We welcome our weekend ticket holders to come and camp for a full week's holiday. With a huge area of open National Trust moorland on the doorstep, there is plenty to see, do and explore. This year camping from 6 - 12 August is INCLUDED in ticket price!

Near Gatten Farm,




SY5 0SN.

07828 785219

ParkingChild FriendlyDog FriendlyBarFood Served

Admission Fee: Festival Ticket Required

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