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What's on in Shrewsbury this Weekend? January 26th – 28th
24 Jan 2024

Some great live gigs are happening all over town this weekend. Pictured: Ego Friendly who return to Albert’s Shed on Friday and then play at the Loopfest fundraiser on Saturday.

On All Weekend

Giovanni Pernice comes to Theatre Severn

Giovanni Pernice returns to Theatre Severn for three performances. There are just a few more tickets left to watch the Strictly star in action, along with a cast of professional dancers and West End performers.

Friday, January 26th   

Guitar-playing poet-singer, Vincent Whyte will be performing at Albert & Co Frankville. You can hear this master of droll, Anglo chansons sing tracks from his new album Terrapin Singtank, released this month and packed with comedy, tragedy and musical prowess. The gig is supported by Warren Duke.

Watch "The Welsh Springsteen" at the Walker Theatre. Martyn Joseph has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show-stopping voice. Tickets are £22, but there aren’t many left!

The Quiet Girl is showing at The Hive

The Shrewsbury Film Society is showing The Quiet Girl (12) at The Hive at 8pm. It tells the story of a neglected young girl who is sent to live with her countryside relations and starts to discover their secrets and learn the importance of family in rural Ireland.

At Gindifferent at the Market Hall, they’ll be focussing on Scottish gins for their Burns Night Gin Therapy special. The tasting includes six gins, three cocktails, nibbles and a fully trained Gin-ologist to guide you through your gin therapy.

Boutique has a grand opening from 9pm with complimentary entry and a drink to tempt you in. They have rebranded from being Fever & Boutique before Christmas.

A poster for the My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy tribute night at The Buttermarket

The Buttermarket has an Emo special with a double tribute billing of My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy. Bands The Black Charade and Fell Out Boy will be playing all their hits. Doors open at 6pm, live music from 7.30pm, followed by an EMO after party.

Down in the cellars at the Buttermarket, Eternity Road will be rocking out live with tracks from Skunk Anansie, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Queen, Iron Maiden, and Nothing But Thieves. There are a limited number of free tickets currently available on the website.

More Gigs:
  • The Condor on Wyle Cop has a vinyl night from 6pm. Emerald & Oak will be pouring the cocktails and Chuck Life will be providing the vinyl.
  • DJ: Beatmouse with world, old school, funk and more at Oil from 8pm-11pm.
  • Shropshire indie rock/pop band, Ego Friendly, are playing at Albert’s Shed at 9pm. 
  • The Ronaldos are playing at Ashleys Bar at 9pm.
  • Guttersnipe are playing at The Bull Inn at 9pm.
   

Saturday, January 27th

To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, Shrewsbury Abbey has poetry readings by Jean Boase-Beier and Angela Jarman. Some of these poems were written by people held by the Nazis in camps and prisons during the Holocaust in Europe in the 1940s. 10.30am – 12pm. St Chad’s will have silent prayer for Holocaust Memorial Day led by Rev’d Sam between 10am - 10.30am.

 A poster for Loopfest's fundraiser

There is a LOOPFEST fundraiser at The Wheatsheaf in Frankwell from 12.30pm until late. There will be live music from Kate Rose Rainford, Jay Weller Pritchard, Dave Busby, Mr Black, Softboys, Ego Friendly, Cartoon Violence, and Bakra Beats playing a mix of genres. £5 on the door.

Albert & Co Frankville has a Play Your Own Vinyl Night where you can put your name down for a 30 mins slot. From 8pm onwards.

More Gigs:
  • Manchester-based DJ: Dave the Ruf will be upstairs at Oil from 7pm-11pm.
  • Alt-Rock band Chasing August are playing at Albert’s Shed at 9pm with support from Preston’s House of Wolves. 
  • The James Brothers are playing at the Coracle Inn from 9pm.
  • Boutique has the Kevin & Perry UK Club Tour in the building from 9pm.
  • The Buttermarket is hosting Bongo’s Bingo.
 Sunday, January 28th

There's another brilliant concert from Shropshire Music Trust at 3pm with Simon Callaghan and The Carducci Quartet at The Maidment Auditorium, Shrewsbury School. Tickets £20. Simon performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician and is a recording artist of the highest order and the Carduccis are an internationally renowned Anglo-Irish string quartet. Together, they'll play Haydn, Shostakovich and Schumann!

 Simon Callaghan and The Carducci Quartet

Theatre Severn will be going back to the 80s with Calling Planet Earth. The New Romantic Symphony will perform songs from Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, The Human League, Ultravox, Tears For Fears, Depeche Mode and more. Tickets are £27.50.

Albert’s Shed has live music from Gauche and Jess Payne from 6pm – 9pm, followed by a jam night. From 9am – 12pm

Roar Martial Arts has an open day at their new studio at Battlefield Enterprise Park where you can find out more about their classes - or if that sounds a bit hectic, SM&AG has a Quiet Hour from 11am – 12pm!

Exhibitions        

This Saturday a new exhibition opens at Mrs Jones Art Shop & Gallery in Coleham. Simple Truths features nine contemporary artists with an exhibition to refresh the mind and gladden the heart. Featuring Cailzie Dunn, Christine Vandenhaute, James Milichamp, Jane Pickworth, Linda Brett, Rachael Walker, Sam Reece, Stephanie Eufemia and Tricia Crowther. Until March 2nd.

James St Clair Wade's Shrewsbury Streetscape Project exhibition at Halls Fine Art has been extended until Friday. It's a wonderful showcase of his superbly detailed, architectural drawings of Shrewsbury's historic streetscapes. Read our interview HERE

You can still catch…
  • Canal Boat Lives in the Shut at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery until January 31st.   
  • The Wildlife Photographer of the Year (2023) exhibition at the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery until February 18th. 
  • See Me at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery by Ming de Nasty. Until April 14th.  
   
Coming Up… 

Wild Tracks with Steve Bate MBE

Paralympic gold medal-winning cyclist Steve Bate MBE shares the incredible journey of riding to ascend the iconic mountain of Kilimanjaro at the Walker Theatre on January 30th . Wild Tracks explores themes of challenge, diversity and human potential. Tickets are £17.50.

SY.Gigs’ series of alternative music gigs continues with harpist and singer, Cerys Hafana on January  31st at 6.45pm in the Unitarian Church on the High Street. Cerys Hafana is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who mangles, mutates, and transforms traditional music.

       

Further Afield 

Britain’s Got Talent Winner Richard Jones brings his Soldier of Illusion magic show to Festival Drayton Centre in Market Drayton on Saturday with his mix of magic, mind-reading, and illusion.