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Sidmouth Folk Week 2014

It's a big one this year!

August 1st - 8th 2014!

Take a look at last years gallery here.

Keep up to date with the latest news from Sidmouth Folk Festival Week.

What goes on?

There is a huge amount to do during the spectacle of Sidmouth Folk Week. A lot of the action is focused in particular areas of which are listed below. But don't panic as there is always something going on around town!!

  • Blackmore Gardens
  • Connaught Gardens
  • The Ham
  • The Esplanade
  • Bulverton Hill (and main campsite)

The Folk Festival 2014 Line Up can be found on the official website here.

Ticket details can be found here.

The Festival Bus Service to and from Bulverton campsite

The festival will be running a regular bus service from the campsite to the Esplanade and back. The timetable and prices will be published shortly before the festival. During the day for shoppers, and in the evening for the start and end of events at Stowford Rise Community Centre, some buses will be routed via Waitrose (Stowford Rise, EX10 9GA).

Let's get our folk on!!

August 2nd - 9th 2013!

Check out the 2013 gallery here. We hope everyone keeps sending in their photos so we can share them with everyone!

Keep up to date with the latest news from Sidmouth Folk Festival Week.

Sidmouth Folk Festival has been enjoyed by thousands since 1955 and is still going from strength to strength. Focused mainly in the Town itself the week of events fill the area with entertainment, dancing, trade stands and of course, the local shops and restaurants

Sidmouth Folk Week


Sidmouth Folk Week


Sidmouth Folk Week

The Busy Esplanade

What goes on?

There is a lot to see, hear and do during Folk Week. You can walk anywhere in the town and find an event, stalls, music or even take part in dances and crafts. There are some main areas in the town where the festival is focused...

  • Blackmore Gardens
  • Connaught Gardens
  • The Ham
  • The Esplanade
  • Bulverton Hill (and main campsite)

However there are many little places in and around waiting to be discovered and there's a whole week to find as much as you can!

The Folk Festival 2013 Line Up can be found on the official website here.

Ticket details can be found here.

The Festival Bus Service to and from Bulverton campsite

The festival will be running a regular bus service from the campsite to the Esplanade and back. The timetable and prices will be published shortly before the festival. During the day for shoppers, and in the evening for the start and end of events at Stowford Rise Community Centre, some buses will be routed via Waitrose (Stowford Rise, EX10 9GA).

Sidmouth Folk Week

A huge array of music

Sidmouth Folk Week

Trade stands along the esplanade

Sidmouth Folk Week

Performances all over the town

It's going to be a cracker - Sidmouth Folk Week 2013!

2012 Milestone Year For Local Folk Heroes

2012 is a milestone year in the UK in many ways. One of Devon’s greatest success stories, folk icons Show Of Hands, mark a career milestone this year, their 20th anniversary, including a headline date at Sidmouth FolkWeek - the annual celebration of music, arts and dance which takes place in the stunning seaside resort from 3rd – 10th August 2012. Show of Hands

Triple BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winners, the dazzling duo of singer songwriter Steve Knightley and multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer have forged one of the most successful ever partnerships in acoustic roots music, already scoring three sell-out shows at the world famous Royal Albert Hall in London.

In addition to these popular ambassadors for folk music, other festival headline news includes appearances from local hero singer/songwriter Seth Lakeman; the storming 2012 multi-BBC Folk Awards winners June Tabor & Oysterband and legendary guitar maestro Martin Simpson who featured recently on Sky Arts’ First Love, mentoring actor/comedian Stephen Mangan in his challenge to play guitar live on stage with Richard Thompson.

Book for Sidmouth FolkWeek now at recession-beating prices for glorious sunshine-filled days and star-filled nights - whatever the weather!

2011 Ticket Prices held for 2012! No Booking Fee! Book online now - Early Bird Tickets available until 31st March 2012.

Best ever value season tickets are now on sale for Sidmouth FolkWeek. Made unique by its sensational seaside setting, the annual celebration of music, arts and dance comes to town from 3rd – 10th August 2012.

Times being tight, the festival organisers want to help make the festival affordable for all by offering Early Bird tickets at 2011 prices and abolishing the 4% booking fee, guaranteeing sunshine-filled days and star-filled nights – whatever the weather!

Festival Director, John Braithwaite says: “We see our job as giving our loyal customers a wonderful festival experience at best possible prices. So, lower prices and an even better line-up than last year; that's our answer to the economic gloom. A ray of sunshine from lovely Devon!”

Already shaping up to be the essential 2012 music event, Festival Artistic Director, Alan Bearman is back at the helm, assembling an already stellar cast of artists!

Early line-up announcements range from Devon’s local hero Seth Lakeman to folk favourites June Tabor & Oysterband to show-stopping international dance spectaculars from Zimbabwe’s high-stepping Black Umfolosi. All tastes are catered for.

To book now at recession-beating prices, contact Sidmouth Tourist Information Centre: 01395 577952 or visit for tickets and full festival details.

16 DECEMBER 2010

Sneak a Peek at the 2011 Sidmouth FolkWeek Lineup

Sidmouth FolkWeek 2011 is set to be another great Festival, packed with the best singers, musicians and dancers, while retaining its intimate, friendly atmosphere. Starting on 29 July, the festival runs until Friday 5 August 2011 in the East Devon
town of Sidmouth.

At this stage, only a fraction of the guests and events have been arranged, and further announcements will be made at regular intervals on the new, exciting website

Headlining the Ham Concert Marquee is Kate Rusby, who has recently sung on BBC TV's Songs of Praise, and provided the signature tune for the popular television drama Jam and Jerusalem.

No less popular will be Show of Hands: From the Heart of Devon, when the award-winning duo will be joined on stage by Devon-based musicians - some familiar faces and some brand new talents.

The Spooky Men's Chorale are once again joining us from the Blue Mountains of Australia, with hilarious songs and that inimitable Spooky vibe.

The Writing on the Wall will feature veteran politician, Tony Benn, and the ever-popular singer, Roy Bailey, in a show exploring political songs and the historical happenings that inspired them.

High-energy Quebecois music and song will come from Genticorum.

Sidmouth FolkWeek will be staging a brand new performance of Peter Bellamy's classic folk opera, The Transports, with an all-star cast to be announced very soon.

Other guests at the Ham Concert Marquee and elsewhere will include Peggy Seeger, Karine Polwart, Lady Maisery, Nancy Wallace, O'Hooley and Tidow, Sam Carter, Sam Sweeney & Hannah James and Walsh and Pound.

Bulverton, the high-energy evening venue, followed by the famed Late Night Extra Ceilidhs, will feature Moishe's Bagel, Nidi D'Arac, The Privateers, The Unusual Suspects, and The Yiddish Twist Orchestra.

And after last year's Sunday night Christmas in August theme, follow us down the rabbit hole for The Mad Hatter's Tea Party Silent Ceilidh & Silent Folkin' Disco!

There's a new venue for 2011 - the cellar cafe at Kennaway House will be transformed each evening into Kennaway Cabaret, a cheeky venue for performance and seaside larks.

Strictly Folk Dance enthusiasts will be able to dance throughout the day and evening. There are ceilidhs at lunchtime, late afternoon, evening and late into the night, with such bands as Random and Glorystrokes. The Festival is rejuvenating its social dance programme with more workshops and some great guests, who will be announced soon on the website.

The Family and Young Sidmouth programme will be centred on the Blackmore Gardens, with plenty to do during the day - music, song, dance and craft activities - plus Family Concerts and early evening Family Ceilidhs. Festival headliners Roy Bailey and The Spooky Men's Chorale have special concerts in store just for families.

The workshop programme is always popular, and this will be extended to include more multi-session workshops so that festival-goers will really be able to extend their skills.

There will be further improvements to many of the Festival's venues, including the Official Festival Campsite.

Sidmouth FolkWeek tickets go on sale on Tuesday 4 January 2011. Online from Or by post and telephone from FolkWeek Box Office, Sidmouth TIC, Ham Lane, Sidmouth, EX10 8XR. Tel: 01395 577952.

9 JUNE 2010

Lively FolkWeek Programme at the Bulverton Marquee

One of the main venues for Sidmouth Folk Week is the Bulverton Marquee. Situated on the edge of the town, and near the official festival campsite, the Marquee is the venue for the evening Festival Clubhouse events, including the famous Late Night Extra. The theme at the Bulverton Marquee is lively and high energy events, giving a contemporary, fresh vibe.

Top of the bill at the Bulverton Marquee is the eleven-piece, award-winning folk band Bellowhead (Wednesday). Winners of several BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Bellowhead also featured as the main band at the BBC Proms Folk Day in 2008 the concert was broadcast live on BBC television. They also hosted a sea-faring themed New Year's Eve party on London's Southbank in 2009.

A real scoop for the festival is the reunion concert of Cordelia's Dad (Tuesday). This American-based punk-tinged band, led by fiddle-player Tim Eriksen, was much sought after in the 1990s, but later disbanded. This reunion gig is their only appearance in the UK.

Celtic music comes from the Edinburgh-based acid-croft band, Shooglenifty (Thursday), who combine fiery and infectious Scottish traditional music with modern dance grooves; as well as from Diamh (Saturday), who combine Scottish, Irish and Cape Breton traditional music led on the pipes and fiddle. Ace Irish folk musician, Michael McGoldrick, brings his Trad Collective to the Bulverton Marquee on Monday traditional Irish music fused with Afro-Cuban rhythms, flamenco, samba, reggae and hiphop! A heady cocktail of musical styles that will have the audience dancing all night long.

On Sunday evening, last year's highly popular Silent Disco is being extended with the addition of a Silent Ceilidh. The audience dances to the music on headphones, and there’s a Christmas theme to the whole event!

The final night, Friday 6 August, sees Scottish and Latin American fusion band, Salsa Celtica take the stage in a display of virtuosity and energy.

Following each of the evening Clubhouse events, there is the Late Night Extra where the country's top ceilidh bands lead the dancers in an energetic ending to each day's events. Among the bands featured are London's The Committee Band, Bedlam from Sheffield, Shropshire's All Blacked Up and Tickled Pink in their 21st birthday year. Blowzabella will bring their special Euro-sounds to the event.

Sidmouth FolkWeek runs from July 30 to August 6, and a Taster Programme containing many of the major events is available from the website

Tickets for all the Bulverton events (except Bellowhead) are available in advance from the Sidmouth Tourist Information Centre, Ham Lane, Sidmouth, EX10 8XR. Telephone 01395 578627. Or online from the festival website Week, weekend and day season ticket holders do not need a separate ticket for Bulverton events.

Sidmouth FolkWeek also announced this week that local brewer, O-Hanlon's Brewery, is to become the Festival's first official brewery sponsor.

Based locally at Great Barton Farm in the village of Whimple, O-Hanlon's Brewery is an award-winning family business, brewing top quality ales. The business started in London, but in 2000, Liz and John O-Hanlon relocated to Whimple, and since then the brewery has gone from strength to strength.

O-Hanlon's Brewery will be supplying the beer to the FolkWeek bars in the marquees at the Ham, Bulverton and in the Blackmore Gardens.

Festival Director, John Braithwaite, welcomed OHanlon's as a major sponsor and festival supplier, saying: Wherever possible, we want to source our supplies from local businesses.

John O-Hanlon said, We are proud and delighted to be supporting such a high profile local event which, in addition to bringing tourism and revenue to the area, also provides so much fun and enjoyment to a great number of people.

Sidmouth FolkWeek has a range of sponsorship packages for local and regional businesses, and there is also the opportunity to advertise in the festival programme. To find out more about sponsorship and advertising call John Dyson on 01395 512416, or Barry Lister on 0781 2486362 or Steve Thompson on 01395 577394. Or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

21 MAY 2010

Folk Week Taster Programme Now Available

The brand new Sidmouth FolkWeek Taster Programme is now available from the Sidmouth Tourist Information Centre and on the FolkWeek website.

The Taster Programme gives details of all the events in the Ham Marquee (lunchtime, afternoon and evening) and Bulverton Marquee (Festival Clubhouse and Late Night Extra), as well as a selection of the main events in the Manor Pavilion, Bedford Hotel, Methodist Church, Blackmore Gardens Marquee (evening ceilidhs) and Anchor Garden (lunchtime and afternoon ceilidhs).

Advance Tickets are available for many of these events from 1 June – details are in the Taster Programme. Advance tickets are available at the discount prices until 25 July. Festival Director, John Braithwaite, urged anyone interested in buying tickets not to leave it too late. “Advance tickets are limited in number, and we confidently expect that we will sell out of some of the quotas well before 25 July!” John explained.

Amongst the Ham Marquee concert acts that are expected to be especially popular are local award-winning duo. Show of Hands (Saturday 31 July), folk super-group Blue Murder, comprising FolkWeek Patron Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson, their daughter Eliza Carthy and Coope, Boyes and Simpson (Monday 2 August) and accordionist Andy Cutting and Friends, who will include the singer June Tabor, Blowzabella and ace guitarist Martin Simpson (Thursday 5 August).

At the Bulverton Marquee, high-energy Festival Clubhouse events include Shooglenifty (Thursday 5 August), Salsa Celtica (Friday 6 August) and Bellowhead (Wednesday 4 August).

The Taster Programme also includes details of the workshop, social dance, ceilidh, dance display, Sidmouth traditions and storytelling areas of FolkWeek. There is a page in the Taster Programme devoted to events for Families and Children and another to Folk Week’s new-look youth programme, called Folk-a-Cola.

20 MAY 2010

Pre-Folk Week Jazz and Comedy at the Ham Concert Marquee

Two pre-festival events were announced this week as a warm-up to Sidmouth FolkWeek.

On Thursday evening, 29 July, John Shuttleworth, star of the popular BBC Radio 4 series The Shuttleworths and BBC TV’s 500 Bus Stops, will bring his hilarious songs and deadpan wisdom to the Ham Concert Marquee.

John Shuttleworth has achieved a devout following with such songs as Pigeons in Flight, I Can’t Go Back to Savoury Now and Eggs and Gammon. Accompanying himself on his legendary (and sometimes hilariously temperamental) Yamaha keyboard, John will be certain to have the Ham Marquee audience rolling in the aisles!

On Friday 30 July at 2pm, The Temperance Seven will fill the Ham Marquee with their famous syncopated jazz rhythms and legendary humour.

The Temperance Seven achieved international fame with such hit singles as Home In Pasadena and You, You’re Driving me Crazy. An afternoon of good-time jazz as it used to be – musical skill with a great sense of fun.

Joan Crump, Artistic Director of Sidmouth FolkWeek which is promoting the two concerts, said this week: “These two concerts will attract a wide cross section of residents in East Devon and beyond, as well as visitors and holiday-makers before FolkWeek itself gets off the ground. With Pam Ayres in 2009, we really tried to cater for a local audience, and these two events are just the same. As with Pam, we are anticipating bumper audiences. Both John Shuttleworth and The Temperance Seven are seasoned and well-loved performers who always deliver a great show.”

Tickets for both concerts will be available from Sidmouth Tourist Information Centre on Ham Lane from Tuesday 1 June. Tickets can be booked by phone on 01395 578627, or bought online through the website, Discount ticket prices (£15 for John Shuttleworth and £12 for The Temperance Seven) are available until 25 July. (These events are separate from the Festival, and are not included in the FolkWeek season tickets.)