Ceilidhs at Sidmouth have a proven track record for fun-filled nights of wild dancing and great, driving dance music!
That’s what on offer daily at our energetic ceilidhs and dances at the welcoming Blackmore Evening Ceilidhs as well as the after-hours knees-ups at Bulverton Late Night Extras and more, at the Anchor Gardens and beyond.
A line-up of leading dance-floor fillers includes:
OLD SWAN BAND, the one and the only, play the ultimate dance music with driving fiddles, percussion, piano, sax and trombone.
PLAYFORD LIBERATION FRONT play 17th-century English country dance music for 21st-century audiences
BANTER, “the world’s smallest big band” bring a fresh sound to English music with pop beats and ridiculously danceable tunes.
POLKAWORKS: Musicians who have played in many of the most significant English ceilidh bands over the last forty years, influencing the shape and sound of traditional English dance music in the twenty first century.
THREEPENY BIT: byword for a fun filled night of wild dancing, good company and great music
WHAPWEASEL: One of the country’s leading ceilidh bands who have been delighting and exhausting folk dance enthusiasts for the past 20 years with their unique, exhilarating and fantastic music style
DIATONICS: A lively and energetic band playing an eclectic fusion of folk dance music creating a distinct style to ensure that the dancing will be at its best.
LASAIR: Young South West-based and fast rising English ceilidh boasting an exciting tune section of fiddle, melodeon and mandolin backed by a funk-driven rhythm section of drums, bass and guitars.
MONSTER CEILIDH BAND: A band whose pioneering mix of drum ‘n bass with traditional folk has filled many festival dancefloors.
RELENTLESS CEILIDH BAND An unmatched driving force featuring the virtuosic 3-time Folk award Nominee Will Pound and energetic twin fiddles of Rosie Butler-Hall and Manny Grimsley.
OUT OF HAND are a young, vibrant and energetic six-piece ceilidh band who have made a big impression over the last couple of years.
STUMPY OAK present a rhythmic, frenetic performance of tunes from across the British Isles.
THE VALIANT DANCE BAND continues the tradition of distinctive English ceilidh bands from the Eastern counties, the band features Katie Howson (melodeon), Liz Giddings (fiddle), Roger Digby (anglo concertina), Rob Neal (cello) and John Howson (banjo).
MRS. MIDNIGHT’S from Exeter bring us their tried and tested big, stompy, rhythmic acoustic tunes for dancing.
JIGFOOT play traditional dance tunes with energy, inventiveness and specialise in tunes from southern English sources.
Callers so far include: GORDON POTTS, NICK WALDEN, JO FREYA, SUE COE, BARRY GOODMAN, FEE LOCK, MARTYN HARVEY, HANNAH MOORE, MICHAEL CATOVSKY.
Tuesday Night Special in Blackmore Gardens Marquee
The Next Step’ – A collaboration between the Valiant Dance Band and Instep, with five of the finest innovative step dancers in England: Jo Harmer, Simon Harmer, Toby Bennett, Kerry Fletcher and Jenny Read. The step dancers will dance with the band, creating dynamic percussion throughout the evening. This is a ceilidh with one of the most rhythmic traditional dance bands in the country playing an eclectic and unusual repertoire of dance tunes with dances called by our festival favourite – Barry Goodman. A one-off night not to be missed, for dancers and all lovers of traditional dance music!