Ham Marquee Concerts

The centrepiece of concerts at the festival, the Ham Marquee provides a comfortable seated-venue for three first class concerts each day.

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Ham Marquee Evening Concerts: 8pm (except Fri 11th Aug 7.30pm)

Fri 4th August

Coope Boyes & Simpson and Roy Bailey (Video)

Coope Boyes & Simpson deliver a final appearance at Sidmouth as part of a series of farewell concerts after 25 years as the foremost exponents of a capella English roots singing. Much-loved performer Roy Bailey is the master of compassionate, political song.

Sat 5th August

The Spooky Men’s Chorale plus Jacquelyn Hynes Trio (Video)

A gift that keeps on giving, festival favourites Spooky Men’s Chorale, a mighty wall of voices renowned for its Visigothic bravado, absurdist humour and eye-moistening tenderness.

Sun 6th August

Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes and Lost Sound Chorus plus Geoff Lakeman

Celebrating 25 years as the West Country’s finest export, Show of Hands are back for their regular Sunday night slot as Festival Patrons.  The acoustic multi-instrumental giants, songwriting legends and folk national treasures are joined by regular collaborator Miranda Sykes. Dartmoor musical patriarch Geoff Lakeman, in the wake of his long-overdue debut album, delights with his concertina playing and song repertoire.

Mon 7th August

Lau plus Siobhan Miller Trio (Video)

Exciting musical adventurists and thrilling perfomers, Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) make a welcome return to Sidmouth. The Siobhan Miller Trio, led by one of the finest singers to emerge from Scotland over the past decade, offer up a repertoire of soul-stirring traditional song.

Tues 8th August

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita plus Slow Moving Clouds (Video)

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. Drone-based Dublin trio Slow Moving Clouds combine roots in Nordic and Irish traditional music with minimalist and experimental influences.

Weds 9th  August

Ralph McTell & Wizz Jones plus Sheesham and Lotus & ‘Son (Video)

A rare and long-awaited recent duo album, About Time, may have been about 50 years in the making, but it was worth it! These two musical icons have long been friends and musical allies, and their joint music-making is a masterclass in easy going intimacy and natural skill. Wondrous old time stylists, Sheesham and Lotus & ‘Son deliver a showstopping performance – a modern-day Mississippi Sheiks.

Thurs 10th August

Dervish plus Daoiri Farrell (Video)

Sligo-based septet Dervish have been game-changers in the Irish trad. music scene with their driving rhythm section, soaring fiddle and button accordion, beautiful vocals, energy and talent. Daoiri Farrell, three times Folk Award nominated, is a fine Irish singer proving to be a force to be reckoned with.

Fri 11th  August

O’Hooley & Tidow, Jim Causley Trio, The Drystones (Video)

A winning finale formula featuring popular duo with powerful songwriting O’Hooley & Tidow, local hero and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Singer Of The Year nominee-led Jim Causley Trio and energetic young Somerset duo The Drystones.

Ham Marquee Afternoon Concerts: 3.15pm

Sat 5th August

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker plus Alice Jones

Four time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker infuse ageless stories of love and loss with a blast of fresh air. Josienne’s pure glass voice and Ben’s exquisite command of many instruments provide a bedrock for interpreting words centuries old or Clarke’s own lyrics, allowing the song centre—stage. West Yorks-based Alice Jones is “a seriously impressive singer of traditional songs.” (fRoots)

Sun 6th August

Chris Wood plus Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose songs reveals his love for the unofficial history of the English-speaking people. His latest release So Much To Defend conveys his contemporary parables with gentle intelligence, wit and profound musical soul. Support comes from fine singers, multi-instrumentalists and storytellers Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith.

Mon 7th August

Breaking The Spell of Loneliness – George Monbiot & Ewan McLennan

A remarkable collaboration between writer George Monbiot and musician Ewan McLennan, seeking to use music and word to open up the issue of loneliness and bring people together. “A powerful, poignant set” **** Guardian

Tues 8th August

Duncan Chisholm plus Brighde Chaimbeul and Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail

Duncan Chisholm is one of Scotland’s most recognised and accomplished fiddle players and composers. Fiddle playing at its best, Duncan’s feather-light handling of dynamics and ornamentation, allied with his pure-distilled tone, lend his characteristic spine-tingling magic to his music. Brighde Chaimbeul, piper/whistle player from the Isle of Skye, won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2016.

Weds 9th August

Yves Lambert Trio plus Jenn Butterworth & Laura-Beth Salter

Yves Lambert is a pioneer in Quebec folk music. His 35-year music career reflects a taste for risks, adventures and challenges – notably with La Bottine Souriante, long-time Sidmouth favourites. Two vocals, mandolin and guitar, Jenn and Laura-Beth perform an eclectic mix of folk music – from UK, Scandinavia and America and beyond – with watertight rhythms and closely blended voices.

Thurs 10th August

The Furrow Collective plus Rachel Newton

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Group nominees, the Anglo-Scottish Furrow Collective  – Lucy Farrell (fiddle, viola, saw, voice), Rachel Newton (harp, fiddle, voice), Emily Portman (banjo, concertina, voice) and Alasdair Roberts (guitars, voice) – are drawn together by a shared love of traditional song and balladry and an open, intuitive approach to collaboration. Scots Trad Instrumentalist Of The Year and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Musician Of The Year nominee Rachel Newton supports.

Fri 11th August

Martin Carthy & Sam Sweeney plus Alden, Patterson & Dashwood

Fiddler Sam Sweeney and singer/guitarist and musical icon Martin Carthy are two of the most vibrant of the English folk scene’s performers, from two different generations, meeting in a rare and exciting duo collaboration. Fantastic young Norwich based folk/Americana trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies.

Ham Lunchtime Concerts: 12noon

Sun 6th August

Sing Like A Bloke Workshop with The Spooky Men’s Chorale

Stephen Taberner and his trusted henchmen share secrets from the spooky lexicon, including getting in touch with your inner 22 stone tribal chieftain, how to sob like a man, and how to look good in profile.

Mon 7th August

Crows plus Peter & Barbara Snape

Return of 80s folk favourites Crows with new line-up Mick Ryan, James Patterson, Dave Bordewey and Paul Downes, taking over from the much-missed Ralph Jordan. Plus Lancashire-based traditional British folk music duo Peter & Barbara Snape.

Tues 8th August

Cream Of Cornwall: The Changing Room plus Didjan

Original folk music from Looe-based folk band The Changing Room (Sam Kelly and Tanya Brittain), delivering award-winning songs in English and Cornish Language. Didjan (Richard Trethewey and Becca Applebee) sing, play fiddle and mandola and Crowdy Crawn (Cornish drum).

Weds 9th August

Leveret plus Rosie Hood

Leveret features three of England’s finest folk musicians in an exciting collaboration. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and, together, their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Plus young traditional folk singer Rosie Hood.

Thurs 10th August

Zulu Tradition plus Luascadh

From KwaZulu Natal, Zulu Tradition show the vibrancy of Zulu culture and heritage through traditional drama, song and dance. Plus Irish music, song and dance performance group based in the Midlands.

Fri 11th August

Festival Workshop Showcase

A chance to see the fruits of some of the week’s workshops.

An All-In-One gives you access to all events and workshops for the whole festival, including Ham Concert Marquee evening concerts at a considerable discount. You can also get to the two Pre-Festival concerts at seriously reduced prices.

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