The chairhouse presents was delighted to be involved in Shrewsbury’s 2017 Big Busk event. A lovely £815 was raised by the evening gig at the Morris Hall which we were able to hand over to Karen Higgins on behalf of The Big Busk team, who do so much to support the work at Shrewsbury Ark homelessness project. On the bill were Beth Prior, The Flatlands and Garage Flowers and headliner Martin Stephenson. The evening was a triumph, not only because the gig raised money for such a worthy project, but also the spirit of community and positivity engendered by the audience and promoted by the artists. The evening culminated with a wonderful collaboration on stage between Martin and the youngsters of The Flatlands band which brought the house down.

We are local promoters Mel Draycott, Chris Taylor and Barry Tench and it is our mission to put on edgy, eclectic and exciting music and spoken word events in Shrewsbury. To keep the ticket prices low and affordable we take no profit from the gigs they put on. We are always on the lookout for acts we are excited about ourselves. It’s all about community, we grew up in Shrewsbury and recall some of the amazing gigs we’ve seen here over the years, we want to put something back in to the cultural life of Shrewsbury.

Chairhouse presents would like to pay special thanks to the artists on the day, Martin, Beth and Flatlands, but also Izzy from Rocket Fuel who provided all sound and lighting, Paul Fuller our photographer and also the Morris Hall Trustees for letting us have a special discount on hiring the building.

As we write this we are putting the finishing touches to another sold out gig; the poetry legend Dr John Cooper Clark, who we have been lucky enough to persuade to come to Shrewsbury”. And there is much more to come, including on 6th May – Tiny Leaves at St Alkmunds church and 15th June – Luke Wright at St Nicolas bar. For more details check out our website


Chairhouse crew