The Alan Surtees Trust is a grant giving organisation that supports performers whose work is rooted in, or influenced by, traditional music and arts.

It was set up 2017 in memory of Alan Surtees, the co-founder and director of Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

Our aims…

  • Making grants to young and emerging artists whose work is influenced by or rooted in folk and traditional music and art forms.
  • Making grants to established musicians to create new work, which promotes the understanding and development of different musical cultures.
  • Making grants to educational music and arts activities that promote the understanding and development of different musical cultures.

Applications for grants for 2018 are currently closed


Qualifying Criteria

Applicants for a grant from the Alan Surtees Trust should be aged between 16 and 30 at the time of applying. They must live in the UK and not already have significant financial backing.

What we will fund

  • Mentoring and tuition from experts in the genre
  • Hiring of rehearsal and creative space
  • Costs towards new instruments and equipment
  • Recording and production of a debut album
  • Production of promotional materials
  • Project research and development expenses such as artist fees, travel expenses.

What we won’t fund

  • University tuition fees
  • Purchase of buildings
  • Purchase of or expenses relating to cars or other vehicles
  • Any other items or activities, which the trustees believe are not in keeping with the aims and objects of the trust
  • Expenses for activities which have already happened.

Applications for 2018 grants are currently closed.

Resound CD

A musical tribute to the life and spirit of Alan Surtees

About the Album

The folk scene is still relatively small and often feels like a big family. Alan was definitely seen as an important member of the family by many artists. He and Sandra have supported hundreds of musicians, right from the beginnings of their careers, and have always had an eye for spotting potential.

Not only that, they have also given opportunities to more established artists to create new works for the festival, whether they be new collaborations between artists, new dance shows, or new repertoires of songs. Shrewsbury Folk Festival continues to support and contribute to the ongoing evolution of our music. If we want this music to thrive, this is exactly what organisers of festivals need to be doing and it’s what makes this festival particularly special.

This is why I have been moved to create this album – all profits from which will raise funds for a new trust which will give out grants and support to young and emerging musicians and new projects. As someone who has benefitted from the generosity of Shrewsbury Folk Festival, I want to take the baton and keep some of this support and momentum going. It seems like a very fitting way to serve Alan’s memory.

With huge love and respect for Sandra and the team.

Hannah James
Chair of the Alan Surtees Trust

Track Listing

The tracks on this album are all from artists who have had strong links with the festival and some are songs which we know were favourites of Alan’s. We hope this album will capture some of the spirit of the festival and the passion that Alan had for this music.

Track 01: Bright Morning Star – Oysterband

Track 02: Aubade – Jon Boden

Track 03: Thugainn – Patsy Reid

Track 04: Song For Lola – Lucy Ward

Track 05: Raggle Taggle Gypsy – Fay Hield

Track 06: Indignados – Kefaya

Track 07: Ranzo (The Wild Goose Shanty) – The Demon Barbers

Track 08: They Shall Not Pass – Grace Petrie

Track 09: The Lincolnshire Song – Miranda Sykes

Track 10: Bagpipers – Leveret

Track 11: Vanished Birds – Jack Harris

Track 12: Neil Gow’s Lament – Dodo Street Band

Track 13: Tuulikki’s Tune – Hannah James

Track 14: Order & Chaos – Lady Maisery

Track 15: We’re All Leaving – Karine Polwart

All profits from this album will go to the Alan Surtees Trust which will give grants to young and emerging musicians and new musical projects.

Album Artwork

All photographs taken at Shrewsbury Folk Festival
Cover photo – Mike Dean
Drone photograph – Virtual Shropshire www.DroneRangers.co.uk
All other photos – Alan Cole folkfestivalphotos.co.uk
Design – Alan James at Rendition Graphics

A huge thank you to all the artists who have donated their music and photography to this album free of charge and to Andy Bell for doing the technical stuff.

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