6:00 a.m. on December 15, 2021
Main stage headliners and two pre-festival concerts have been announced for the 2022 Sidmouth Folk Festival, which runs from Friday July 29 through Friday August 5.
Evening performances in Ham’s Main Hall will feature England’s most popular folk singer Kate Rusby, famous Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader, Devon folk heroes and Show of Hands festival patrons, singers from Australian harmony The Spooky Men’s Chorale, violin and melodeon giants Spiers et Boden, Canadian roots trio The East Pointers, rocking Quebec group Yves Lambert Trio, as well as young guns Granny’s Attic with the excellent songwriter – British performer Jez Lowe.
There will be pre-festival shows from Folk Legends Steeleye Span on Thursday July 28 and The Fisherman’s Friends on the afternoon of Friday 29.
The Bulverton is expected to make its return to the top of town, providing a venue for ceilidhs, evening root shows, food and drink, and after-hours entertainment and relaxation. Highlights include Scottish dub funk folksters Peatbog Faeries, as well as ska and squeezebox maestros Edward II, young ballad Grace Petrie, and European-style folk arrangements by Sheelanagig.
Tickets for all major individual titles, as well as all week and weekend season tickets, are on sale now at the festival. website.
Last year the festival switched to an online program in response to the Covid pandemic, and this year there was a scaled-down festival with outdoor concerts on ticket only in the evenings as well as virtual events. . However, there was plenty of daytime entertainment in the city center and along the waterfront.
Organizers predict the 2022 festival will “be in full swing” with hundreds of individual events. To ensure everyone’s safety, there will be well-ventilated indoor locations, plenty of outdoor activities, and a flexible attitude to accommodate all current Covid guidelines.
There will also be a wide range of workshops with highly experienced teachers, musicians and dance leaders. The Children’s Festival, Youth Festival, Morris Dance Shows, and Blackmore Gardens dance sessions will also be back for 2022.
There will also be storytelling, family entertainment, and youth-centric sessions, along with a craft market and plenty of food and drink stalls.