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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.