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Big Nights Out At The Bulverton

by James Garrett • July 19, 2017

What do Highland party-starters Peatbog Faeries, Dartmoor fiddle-singer hearthrob Seth Lakeman, the mighty Oysterband in their 40th anniversary year and Welsh indie-folkers Rusty Shackle all have in common? There’ll be amongst the dance floor filling acts at this year’s Bulverton at Sidmouth FolkWeek. The Bulverton is a buzzing hub of activity each night from 7pm through […]


Q & A with Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

by James Garrett • July 14, 2017

On the main concert stage, the beautiful and virtuosic sound of two world harp traditions is sure to be a favourite. Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita are magic-weaving master harpists – Catrin from the Welsh tradition and Seckou from the Senegalese griot line – come together to make delicate, beautiful and thrilling instrumental music.  We […]


Car Sharing: Life’s a journey – share it!

by James Garrett • July 13, 2017

At this year’s Sidmouth FolkWeek we are committed to making the festival as green as possible and ask you all to consider your environment and the effect your travel has on it. Therefore we have teamed up with the friendly peeps at GoCarShare to help encourage as many of you as possible to share car […]


The Best in Irish Music, Dance & Song at Sidmouth FolkWeek

by James Garrett • July 10, 2017

Irish music and dance has always played a big part in Sidmouth FolkWeek, with the Rory O’Connor Dancers being the very first international team invited to perform at the event in 1964!! In 2017, the 63rd Sidmouth FolkWeek, recently awarded the prestigious Blue Plaque award for its cultural contribution to the region, continues to showcase the […]


Full Programme Now Available!

by James Garrett • July 7, 2017

The moment you’ve all been waiting for! The 2017 Festival Programme is now available to download here and the Children’s Festival Programme can also be found here. Highlighters at the ready to pick out your favourite events. What events, from the 700+ programme, are on your hit list? Some events are already approaching sell out […]


A Grand Day Out! Aardman Animations at Sidmouth FolkWeek!

by James Garrett • July 3, 2017

There’s a guarantee of many ‘Grand Days Out’ at Sidmouth FolkWeek this summer. As well as all of the headline concerts, roots dance parties, dance displays, ceilidhs, folk dance, traditional sessions, special shows, Children’s Festival events and more, there is a brilliant opportunity for many ‘now for something completely different’ moments! Amongst them is a […]


Sea-Themed Treats at FolkWeek!

by James Garrett • June 30, 2017

Celebrating connections with the sea, this year FolkWeek is delighted to be working with Sidmouth Coastal Community Hub, organisers of Sidmouth Sea Fest to present the Sidmouth Sea Fest Community Choir and Sidmouth Fishing Heritage Film Working the Sea at the Manor Pavilion (7th August) as well as bringing back the ultimate shanty crew Fisherman’s Friends […]


Barbara Dickson Q & A

by James Garrett • June 27, 2017

A Star Turn at Sidmouth FolkWeek Scottish singing star Barbara Dickson sets a classy tone for Sidmouth FolkWeek (4th – 11th August 2017) with a fantastic acoustic pre-festival concert with Nick Holland (plus support from Dorset favourites Ninebarrow) on Thursday 3rd Aug at 8pm. “I love Barbara Dickson…. she’s just a one off.”  Billy Connolly Emerging from […]


The Sounds Of Modern Scotland

by James Garrett • June 23, 2017

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 […]


Sidmouth FolkWeek honoured by BBC Radio Devon as 47 Blue Plaques are awarded as part of BBC Music Day

by James Garrett • June 14, 2017

Sidmouth FolkWeek honoured by BBC Radio Devon as 47 Blue Plaques are awarded as part of BBC Music Day BBC Local Radio, BBC Asian Network and The British Plaque Trust announced today (Wednesday 14 June) 47 new Blue Plaques commemorating people or places that have influenced the musical landscape across the country. BBC Radio Devon’s […]