Ham Marquee Evening 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 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.


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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