Get ready for the Sidmouth Folk Festival 2022

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Published:
12:32 29 June 2022



Updated:
13:38 29 June 2022

With the Sidmouth Folk Festival a month away, organizers promise to bring the town to life with music, dancing and other entertainment.

Last year’s festival was a scaled down event due to Covid restrictions, but this year it returns with a full schedule.


Otter Morris during the Sidmouth Folk Festival 2021
– Credit: Kyle Baker Photography


The frightening choir of men

The frightening choir of men
– Credit: Archant

Throughout the week of the festival – from Friday 29th July to Saturday 6th August – there will be performances all over the city, in venues large and small, and along the waterfront. the Ham marquee include Kate Rusby, Show of Hands, The Spooky Men’s Chorale, Eddi Reader, Spiers and Boden, the Yves Lambert Trio, Fara and Jez Lowe. There will be pre-festival concerts by Steeleye Span on Thursday July 28 and The Fisherman’s Friends on Friday July 29, as well as afternoon concerts in the Ham Room, including a performance in honor of the late Norma Waterson . In addition to music and dance, the festival features storytelling, poetry and comic verse.


The Bulverton.  Image: Sidmouth Folk Festival

The Bulverton. Image: Sidmouth Folk Festival
– Credit: Sidmouth Folk Festival

Returning for the first time since 2019, the Bulverton at the top of the city will host dance parties every night from 7pm until the early hours. Acts include Highland and Island heroes Peatbog Faeries, rocksteady beats of Edward II, European dance sounds of Blowzabella, Firebrand singer-songwriter Grace Petrie, Australia’s Bush Gothic, Sheelanagig, Joshua Burnell & Band and Kirkophany. The Silent Ceilidh with Urban Folk Theory promises a fusion of groovy folk melodies and contemporary dance beats, bass lines, pads and sounds.


Edward II

Edward II
– Credit: Sidmouth Folk Festival

Daytime events at the Bulverton include workshops featuring Blowzabella, The Spooky Men’s Chorale, West African Dance with Batch Gueye, Bhangra and Salsa dancing. For the first time, you’ll have the opportunity to learn new artistic skills during Bulverton’s creative crafting sessions, producing large-scale decorations including green woodworking, kinetic carving and cold metal forming .


blowzabella

blowzabella
– Credit: Sidmouth Folk Festival

The Children’s Festival moves to a new home in the beautiful Peacock Lawns where the marquees will host a mix of workshops, activities and evening family shows. The Shooting Roots program also returns with workshops for 12 to 17 year olds in dance, orchestra, theatre, crafts, storytelling and singing with Stream of Sound.


Relaxing on the ham during the festival.  Image: Sidmouth Folk Festival

Relaxing on the ham during the festival. Image: Sidmouth Folk Festival
– Credit: Archant

For full details of all events and ticket options – including concessions for 18-25 year olds and children – visit the Sidmouth Folk Festival website.


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