Due to its week-long duration and wide range of venues, FolkWeek also offers many opportunities to see festival guests on smaller concert stages in more intimate settings.
fRoots-curated Cellar Full of Folkadelia
The popular fRoots-curated Cellar Full of Folkadelia afternoon sessions return with early 2017 guests including: the amazing Dublin-based trio SLOW MOVING CLOUDS combining Nordic and Irish trad roots music with the minimalist and experimental; the show-stopping vaudeville of new kings of old time SHEESHAM AND LOTUS & ‘SON; the fresh-voiced old-time stylings of ALDEN, PATTERSON & DASHWOOD; Irish weirdlore from UNITED BIBLE STUDIES; the distinctive psych-folk of SHARRON KRAUS & NICK JONAH DAVIS, the Haitian, American and British folk influenced musician and songwriter GERMA ADAN and the Anglo-American ballads, sacred harp singing and sparse mountain banjo of CATH & PHIL TYLER.
The Manor Pavilion is a traditional theatre venue, an ideal home for some special shows including: ENGLISH CONCERT PARTY; An Evening with ROY BAILEY and Theatre Ballads presented by HORSE + BAMBOO featuring John Kirkpatrick, Ewan McLennan and Bryony Griffith.
The Woodlands Hotel
The Woodlands Hotel is a great informal setting for traditional music and song events hosted by JOHN HOWSON and DAN QUINN. Guests include: BRYAN O’LEARY & JACK TALTY, SIOBHAN MILLER, SARA GREY & KIERON MEANS, VIV LEGG, JIM & LYNETTE ELDON, PETER & BARBARA SNAPE, HARBOUR LIGHTS TRIO and ALVAR SMITH.
BOB and GILL BERRY will be back to host Folk Arts Acoustic, with plenty of opportunities to sing, say and play.
Eye on the Future
Continuing to shine a light on some of the freshest new talent on the scene is a key part of our booking policy at Sidmouth FolkWeek. Co-curated with EFDSS, the popular Folk Rising Plus concert series in the Bedford Hotel returns with JIMMY ALDRIDGE & SID GOLDSMITH, ROSIE HOOD, THE SAVAGE PRUNES, ELLY LUCAS, BENAMMI SWIFT, EMILY MAE WINTERS, ROSIE & ROWAN and more.
Folk Rising Plus extends beyond the Bedford Hotel with lunchtime and early evening Open Mics and Showcases of emerging artists. We also showcase the recipients of bursaries presented by EFDSS through its Creative Seed Funding programme – KIRSTY MERRYN, GERMA ADAN and KITTY MACFARLANE.
Other guests at smaller venues include: fulsome singer and English squeezebox guru JOHN KIRKPATRICK, award-winning Somerset singer-songwriter ANGE HARDY, classic musical cocktail mixed by Fi Fraser, Pete Bullock and Howard Mitchell in THE OLD FASHIONED; political performance poet ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER; topical singer-songwriter GRACE PETRIE; the riveting voice and guitar of KEITH CHRISTMAS; Irish flautist JACQUELYN HYNES, English folk duo PATTERSON DIPPER and more.
Storytelling is an integral part of FolkWeek. This year we welcome two of the country’s finest exponents’ HUGH LUPTON and URSULA HOLDEN GILL. Look out for Hugh’s spellbinding performances of The Secret Commonwealth and The Mardling Acre and Ursula’s thought-provoking adaptations of traditional folk tales and signature self-penned originals. Then there’s resident storyteller JANET DOWLING with her workshops, “Talks and Tales” and performances and TOM GOODALE‘s Story Circles and Late Night Stories.