Sidmouth FolkWeek has a wide range of small venues offering many opportunities to see festival guests on concerts stages in more intimate settings.
The Manor Pavilion offers a perfect theatre setting for special shows whilst the Woodlands Hotel provides a great setting for traditional music and song events.
The popular fRoots-curated Cellar Full of Folkadelia afternoon sessions – with sounds from all corners of tradition – return with 2018 guests including: harmony-rich, mellow-toned Irish sibling duo YE VAGABONDS, African-Canadian old time talent KAIA KATER, leftfield London folksters TIM JONES & THE DARK LANTERNS, innovative singer and multi-instrumentalist from Seattle ELI WEST, an eclectic fusion of international and Greek musicians PLASTIKES KAREKLES, emotive and expressive new music from guitarist TOBY HAY, punk-influenced mandolinist Alex Vann’s new project ROCK OF EYE, Kora maestro DIABEL CISSOKHO, tripped back arrangements of traditional songs for solo voice and bass from THOM ASHWORTH, adventurous accessible music from MIKEY KENNEY & DAMON KILCAWLEY, self penned tunes and folk tales from KIT HAWES & AARON CATLOW and impressive young singer and box player COHEN BRAITHWAITE-KILCOYNE.
Co-curated with EFDSS, the popular Folk Rising Plus concert series returns to the Bedford Hotel with ALDEN, PATTERSON & DASHWOOD, JACK RUTTER, GEMMA KHAWAJA, GEORGIA LEWIS, MATT QUINN, COUNTER’S CREEK, MEGAN WISDOM, COHEN BRAITHWAITE- KILCOYNE, ROWAN GODEL and more.
It extends into Betsy’s Lounge at the Bulverton Marquee with Open Mics and Showcases of emerging artists. We also showcase some of the recipients of bursaries presented by EFDSS including TOM MOORE & ARCHIE CHURCHILL- MOSS, INDIA ELECTRIC CO. and ROWAN PIGGOTT.
The Manor Pavilion hosts Will Pound’s Through the Seasons – The Music of Morris and Folk Dance. Will Pound, Benji Kirkpatrick and Ross Grant showcase beautiful arrangements of traditional dance tunes and songs, in an innovative and playful style, bringing all the joy of a summer’s festival through to the thrill of a winter’s fireside rapper sword-dance. Storyteller Debs Newbold weaves in tales to bring the traditions to life.
LIVING BY THE SEA – A vocal voyage through communities afloat and ashore. Backed by their own community on stage – a passionate choir of Sidmouth townsfolk and festival goers – storyteller Matthew Crampton and choir director Paul Sartin take us on a trip amidst those whose lives are governed by the sea. This show re-unites the creative pair behind the current adaptation of The Transports, together with two other musicians from that remarkable production, Benji Kirkpatrick and Saul Rose. Like the Radio Ballads, Living by the Sea is a feast of word and song, diving between ports and ships across Britain and the world. Expect intimate tales, stark ballads and heart-pounding shanties – all revealing the fierce hold the sea keeps upon those who live by it.
Magpie Lane present To Every Thing A Season featuring songs of love, dancing, drink and death: a favourite selection from Magpie Lane’s repertoire as the band celebrates 25 years together.
“The Life and Songs of Edward Capern – The Postman Poet with Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll and Liz Shakespeare. Journey in the footsteps of this Victorian postman of North Devon, renowned by authors and politicians of the time for his poetic verse. A fascinating life story and forgotten history illustrated in song, music, book readings and poetry.”
Other guests to be seen in the smaller venues so far include: JOHN KIRKPATRICK, MARTIN CARTHY, JIM MORAY, THE RHEINGANS SISTERS, ROISIN WHITE, HECTOR RIDDELL, GREG RUSSELL & CIARAN ALGAR, ALDEN, PATTERSON & JOSIE DUNCAN & PABLO LAFUENTE, JEZ LOWE, THE ROWSOME FAMILY, STEVE TILSTON, PETE COE, GEORGIA LEWIS, RYAN YOUNG with JENN BUTTERWORTH, NICK DOW, JACK RUTTER, JACQUELYN HYNES, PAUL DOWNES & FRIENDS, WILL NOBLE, RACKER DONNELLY, KATIE HOWSON & MARTIN BRINSFORD, JO FREYA, LIZ GIDDINGS & ROGER DIGBY, MEGAN WISDOM, THE DOLLYMOPPS, ROWAN PIGGOTT, MARY HUMPHREYS & ANAHATA and ANNIE WINTER.
JOHN HOWSON and DAN QUINN host Traditional Nights Out in the Woodlands Hotel.
BOB and GILL BERRY will be back to host Arts Centre Acoustic in the Kingswood Hotel, with plenty of opportunities to sing, say and play.
The afternoon Themed Singarounds take place in the Royal Glen again with new poetry sessions in the mornings.