Acoustic stage announced for Sugnall Jazz & Blues Festival

L-R Andrew Wilson (Sugnall Walled Garden) and Derrick Gask (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre)
L-R Andrew Wilson (Sugnall Walled Garden) and Derrick Gask (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre)

Sugnall Jazz & Blues Festival, which takes place at Sugnall Walled Garden between July 22-24, has teamed up with Eccleshall-based Fish Records to provide an additional acoustic stage within the estate’s woodlands.

The Roots in the Woods stage will showcase some of the UK’s brightest young stars including BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners Luke Jackson and Blair Dunlop – alongside acclaimed artists Jess Morgan, Robert Lane, Sunjay and My Girl The River – with support from local talent Pistol Pete Wearn and Brisbane-born Darcy.

Andrew Wilson, from Sugnall Walled Garden said;

“I’m delighted that we’ve partnered with Fish Records to expand our musical offering at this year’s festival. Having artists such as Blair Dunlop, who are more accustomed to the big festivals like Glastonbury, playing at Sugnall is very exciting.”

Blair Dunlop
Blair Dunlop

Owned by Peter Morgan, Fish Records has been trading the best in contemporary folk, roots and acoustic music through its online store worldwide for more than 15 years and also promotes regular gigs at venues such as Stafford Gatehouse Theatre and The Hive, Shrewsbury.

Peter Morgan said;

“It’s great to have a festival of this kind on our doorstep and for a venue like Sugnall to make the brave move and host this type of event in Staffordshire. It will provide a great platform for the artists that Fish Records represent to showcase their talent.”

Alongside Fish Records, the festival is also supported by Granvilles Brasserie & Music Bar, Stone, in association with Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, who will provide the stage, lighting and sound. Derrick Gask, Artistic Programme Manager for Stafford Gatehouse Theatre said;

“Fish Records has hosted a number of successful acoustic nights at The MET Studio of which we are proud to support and look forward to supporting this unique event which I’m sure will become a regular fixture on the county’s cultural calendar.”

Forthcoming Fish Records events include an Americana double-header with Amanda Pearcy plus Lynne Hanson and the Good Intentions on July 4th and expatriate New Yorker Richard Shindell on August 23rd at The Hive, Shrewsbury.

Sugnall Jazz & Blues Festival takes place between 22nd – 24th July 2016 and includes more than 25 bands across two stages. Adult day tickets cost £25 Friday, £35 Saturday and £30 Sunday. Children aged 5-16 cost £7.50 per day whilst under 5s are free. Family tickets are also available.

For more information on tickets, hospitality or VIP packages call Andrew Wilson on 01785 850 820 or visit