Ham Marquee Afternoon Concerts

The first names from the 2018 line-up will be announced and Super Early Bird Tickets will go on sale on Monday 11th December. Stay tuned!

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

Download the 2017 Full Programme here.


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.


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.

Week, Weekend and Day season tickets give access to all events except the Ham Marquee Evening concerts for the period of your ticket. Season tickets give considerable discounts for Ham Marquee Evening concerts. Event tickets are on sale now.

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