It’s hard to believe that we’re at the end of another Sidmouth FolkWeek. And what an incredible week it has been! In between the rain clouds, the sun has shone through…with festive spirit and a joyous atmosphere winning the day. Venues around town have been packed out for a diverse range of events, full to the brim with audiences enjoying the finest music, dance, song, talks, storytelling, Children’s Festival and much more.
Amongst the sensational highlights have been some firm favourites –superstar Barbara Dickson; musical icons Ralph McTell & Wizz Jones; dancefloor-filling Seth Lakeman and Highland flinging Peatbog Faeries amongst them – and some glorious new musical discoveries for many – from the mesmeric beauty of Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita to the high-stepping antics of Sheesham & Lotus and ‘Son, from the glorious playing of Jenn Butterworth & Laura-Beth Salter to the warm glow of Alden Patterson & Dashwood.
Today we have some great acts to bring the festival to a finale: a Grand Workshop Showcase shows off the fruits of a week’s worth of some of major workshop series at The Ham (12pm); a final Dance Spectacular with a range of display teams at Connaught Gardens at 2.30pm; and evening events at 7.30pm including a final night Eurodance at roots party venue The Bulverton with Moirai and friends, a final concert at The Ham with O’Hooley & Tidow, Jim Causley Trio and The Drystones and a tribute to the great Irish singer Margaret Barry: She Moved Through The Fair with another great Irish singer Cathy Jordan, from Dervish, and narration from Colin Irwin. All this is followed by a spectacular finale, as the traditional Torchlight Procession makes its way down the Esplanade from 10pm and a Firework Display brings the week to a close.
Festival director John Braithwaite says: “It’s been great to see such a wide age range – from tiny tots to young people and upwards – enjoying the diverse range of music and dance. There has been a lot of positive feedback about festival goers making special memories to take away….and hopefully drawing people back next year.”
Next year’s Sidmouth FolkWeek runs from 3rd – 10th August 2017.