The Sidmouth Folk Festival is underway

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The Sidmouth Folk Festival is heating up now, and today you can catch plenty of events – Fisherman’s Friends (Pre-Festival Concert), Jez Lowe, Granny’s Attic, Sheelanagig, Cock & Bull Band, Emily Portman and Rob Harbron, The Pigeon Swing, Paul Downes, Peter and Barbara Snape, Annie Winter and more.

With such good weather, you can also go outside to Up popped the crab: “A Story of Cromer Now and Then” – A charming puppet story showing a day at sea with the Cromer crab fishermen of North Norfolk. To music by Bob Roberts, Tony Hall and Percy Brown with puppets from Gemma Khawaja.

We’ve already shared with you some of our recommendations for the week ahead, including Eddi Reader, Ryan Young and David Foley, Freehand, Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage, Spiers and Boden, Bryony Griffith and Alice Jones, Kate Rusby and Jack Rutter who we wrote about here.

Folk Radio UK also features a number of artists across the Vault of the Folkadelia concert series that continues to open the door to a new world of possibilities inspired by tradition. Learn more here.

We’ve put together new mixes, which you’ll hear between performances at The Ham and Bulverton venues. Don’t forget that The Ham offers three daily concerts – lunchtime, afternoon and evening – with some truly outstanding live entertainment and a great party atmosphere, food and drink at The Hub.

The afternoon shows maintain the pace and quality with the inimitable Martin Simpson, Anglo-European Masters blowzabellabeautiful singer from dublin Daoiri Farrellthe moving social commentary of Chris Wood and a very special tribute to the mighty oak of the English tradition, Norma Waterson directed by Martin and Eliza Carthy (this special event is included in the weekly and daily subscriptions available now on www.sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk). You can find event tickets here.

Among the many special shows on this year’s program at the Manor Pavilion are by Jim Causley Cream of Devon show from the county’s finest performers, Matthew Cramptonit’s heartbreaking No matter the antics and an impressive celebration of step dancing, Instep in time. Click here for more details.

Big rock nights in Bulverton are brought to life by the rocksteady beats of Edward IIthe Highland grooves of bog fairiespowerful writing Grace Petrie and more. Don’t forget the fun Live Silent Ceilidh. Folk Radio UK also presents Joshua Burnell and his band and Gadarene Sunday July 31. Tickets and more details here.

Folk dancers have so much to enjoy, including The Magnificent Sevena collection of some of the UK’s most exciting new generations of counterdancers, as well as English dance, Irish ensemble, Scottish country and Danish dance. More details here.

For ceilidh dancers, get the latest moves in the New Callers Showcase events and dance on The Cock & Bull Group, the Melrose Ceilidh Group, Kirkophany and Lasair.

Or, if you’d rather just watch, marvel at the spectacular dance performances that take place throughout the week throughout the city.

If you really want to get stuck in, how about taking part in the all-comers event for Leisure horses and disguise beasts in the Sidmouth Horse Trials…all competing to win the Aardman Prize presented by Peter Lord. Or participate in One Man Band Contest, or, not for the faint-hearted, ghost walks with Sidmouth Mummers.

And that’s just the smallest flavor of a week-long feast of incredible music in Sidmouth. There’s an action-packed week for families at the Children’s Festival, exceptional storytelling events, fascinating talks, John Gasson Jigs Contest…and more. Download the program here

We’ll see each other there!

More information: https://sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/

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