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:
Sat 5th August – An Evening with Roy Bailey and special guests.
Ever-popular singer with a repertoire of compassionate political song.
Sun 6th August – Theatre Ballads presented by Horse + Bamboo
Historic ballads arranged and performed live alongside puppetry and simple illustrations, drawing out tales before your eyes, featuring Bryony Griffith, Kate Locksley, Ewan McLennan and John Kirkpatrick.
Monday 7th August – English Concert Party
Variety Night with Proper English, Harbour Lights Trio, English String Band, Peter & Barbara Snape, Jim & Lynette Eldon.
Tues 8th August – Stories and Ballads
with Martin Carthy, Hugh Lupton, Ursula Holden Gill, Siobhan Miller.
Wed 9th August – No Voices Concert
An Evening of Instrumental Music with Leveret and Purcell’s Polyphonic Party.
Thurs 10th August – No Petticoats Here presented by Louise Jordan
No Petticoats Here tells the stories of remarkable women of the First World War through song.
(A limited number of advance event tickets are available for each of the above shows).
Friday 11th August – She Moved Through The Fair
The Legend of Margaret Barry in Music, Words and Song presented by Colin Irwin and Mary McPartlan.
The Bedford Hotel
Afternoon shows at The Manor Pavilion include:
Sunday 6th August – Wren Music Choirs Concert
Monday 7th August – Working The Sea and Kin and the Community. A special event drawing together two coastal communities with SIDMOUTH SEA FEST COMMUNITY CHOIR, FEIS ROIS CEILIDH TRAIL and DUNCAN CHISHOLM.
Tuesday 8th August – Wren Music Youth Concert.
Wednesday 9th August – Coat Tails Flying. JOHN KIRKPATRICK record launch.
Thursday 10th August – Shooting Roots Showcase.
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, THOMAS MCCARTHY, SIOBHAN MILLER, SARA GREY & KIERON MEANS, VIV LEGG, JIM & LYNETTE ELDON, PETER & BARBARA SNAPE, HARBOUR LIGHTS TRIO, MARY MCPARTLAN, ALVAR SMITH, MICHAEL HEBBERT, BARRY LISTER, MARIANNE MCALEER, KATIE HOWSON, GAVIN AND JULIE ATKIN, HECTOR CHRISTIE AND CHRIS EDWARDS and BILL CRAWFORD.
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 GRANNY’S ATTIC, JIMMY ALDRIDGE & SID GOLDSMITH, KELLY OLIVER, ROSIE HOOD, THE SAVAGE PRUNES, ALICE JONES, ELLY LUCAS, BENAMMI SWIFT, EMILY MAE WINTERS, ROSIE & ROWAN, TOM EVENS 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: 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; English folk duo PATTERSON DIPPER, MOIRAI, BRYONY GRIFFITH, WILL POUND & EDDY JAY, KAELA ROWAN BAND, CHRIS FOSTER, FUNI, IAN A ANDERSON, MARC BLOCK, AGAINST THE GRAIN, AMY KAKOURA & ANDREW SHARPE and VICKI SWAN & JONNY DYER.
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.