Like many festivals, the Sidmouth Folk Festival had to tread carefully in 2020, moving to a smaller scale outdoor and online event. Now the Sidmouth Folk Festival is proud to return in style in the summer of 2022 (July 29 to August 5, 2022), bringing back a joyous feast of music, song and dance to the beautiful seaside town of Devon for the 68th year in a row.
The Sidmouth Folk Festival is set to return in 2022 with a top eclectic lineup of artists who will host evening performances in Ham’s Main Hall, including England’s most popular folk singer. Kate rusby of which 2020 Hand me over cover album, a celebration of all the music transmitted, caused a sensation with the press and the radio.
The famous Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader is enough to brighten up any scene. His latest studio album, Rider, released in 2018, was a featured album of the month on Folk Radio and also marked his 40 years as a performer.
Devon folk heroes and festival patrons Show of hands released their most comprehensive collection to date with Battlefield dance floor in 2019, another of our featured albums of the month. In his review, Danny Neill couldn’t be holding back his praise when he said it was one of the most cohesive, diverse and persuasive ensembles of their entire career.
Great, daring Australian band singers The Scary Men Choir return to Sidmouth, undoubtedly bringing voice and humor in equal measure. A duo that will feature high on the list of participants will be the violin and melodeon giants and the folk radio artist of the month for September Spiers and Boden. This year they made a surprise comeback with Fallow, their first album of new material in 13 years. In his review of the album, Billy Rough concludes:
At the heart of the album, however, is the utter joy of two friends making music together. Throughout, the melodeon of Spiers and the violin of Boden dance with delight. It is a rare indulgence to hear new songs and tunes from Spiers and Boden and join them as they revel in the fun of their duo. Fallow Ground is a joyful, exciting, and beautifully produced release. It’s great to find them.
They also gave a brilliant in-depth interview, talking about the album and making music together. here.
Canadian Root Trio Eastern pointers will put the dancefloor to the test if their past performances are reliable, just like the Quebec rock outfit Yves Lambert trio.
Granny’s attic delivered an excellent album this year with Brickfields, which Folk Radio’s Peter Shaw commented on here and concluded: “They have secured their place as one of the most exciting and accomplished English folk groups on the scene in this regard. moment.” Another sure favorite is the exceptional British folk singer Jez Lowe whose songs have rich storytelling value, as he so aptly demonstrated on his Crazy Pagan 2020 album, examined here.
Two pre-festival heavyweight concerts with folk legends it of steel (Thursday evening July 28) and the inimitable Cornwall brass band The fisherman’s friends (the afternoon of Friday July 29) should heat up the stage and the city for fun and games to come.
Regular festival goers will be delighted to see the Bulverton return to the top of town, the high-energy hub for ceilidhs, vibrant root shows in the evening, eating, drinking, having fun and relaxing after hours. Highlights include Scottish dub funk folksters Bog fairies, plus the ska and squeezebox maestros Edward II, young frank balladeer Grace petrie and European-style folk arrangements by Sheelanagig.
Tickets for all major individual titles, as well as all song, dance, all week and weekend season tickets, are on sale now from sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk.
Check out the full lineup announced so far here: https://sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/lineup/