Sidmouth FolkWeek is delighted to showcase a mighty range of diverse talent from north of the border for its 63rd event, thanks to funding from Creative Scotland. FolkWeek is thrilled that these sounds of modern Scotland contribute to the broad spectrum of over 700 events at over 40 venues during the eight day festival.
Over the week, the festival features a platinum-album selling singing superstar Barbara Dickson, innovative musical wizards Lau, dynamic trad stars Ímar and RURA, Folk Award winners Rachel Newton and The Furrow Collective, exhilarating party starters Peatbog Faeries, exciting young piper Brighde Chaimbeul, exquisite Highland fiddler Duncan Chisholm, youth squad Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail players, superb guitarist and singer Ewan McLennan, soulful singers Kaela Rowan and Siobhan Miller and monster instrumentalists Laura-Beth Salter & Jenn Butterworth.
Amongst the many special shows at the Manor Pavilion during FolkWeek, is a specially commissioned collaborative sea-themed event with a performance from the local Sidmouth Sea Fest Community Choir plus film Working the Sea, following the story of well-known Sidmouth fishing family, the Bagwells, followed by a live soundtrack from Feis Rois and Duncan Chisholm to Kin and the Community, a film about one of the last Gaelic speakers in the seaboard villages of Easter Ross.
More intimate concert sets around the festival’s many venues during the week include the likes of mesmerising young piper from the Isle of Skye, Brighde Chaimbeul, the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winner in 2016, lynchpins of Glasgow’s thriving folk-session circuit and exciting instrumentalists and singers Laura-Beth Salter & Jenn Butterworth and Gaelic Singer of the Year nominee Kaela Rowan Band presenting songs from her critically acclaimed 2016 release The Fruited Thorn.
For those wanting to get stuck in themselves, Kirsty Cotter, whose own fiddling is focused on the music of Scotland, particularly collections of tunes from the 18th and 19th centuries, leads a series of fiddle workshops and masterclasses as part of the 200+ workshop programme.
Revel in the sounds of modern Scotland, and the wealth of folk music talent from around the British Isles and beyond at this year’s Sidmouth FolkWeek. Advance tickets for festival events are now available.