Sidmouth FolkWeek has a wide range of small venues offering many opportunities to see festival guests on concerts stages in more intimate settings.
The Manor Pavilion offers a perfect theatre setting for special shows whilst the Woodlands Hotel provides a great setting for traditional music and song events.
The popular fRoots-curated Cellar Full of Folkadelia afternoon sessions – with sounds from all corners of tradition – return with early 2018 guests including: harmony-rich, mellow-toned Irish sibling duo YE VAGABONDS, African-Canadian old time talent KAIA KATER, leftfield London folksters TIM JONES & THE DARK LANTERNS, an eclectic fusion of international and Greek musicians PLASTIKES KAREKLES, emotive and expressive new music from guitarist TOBY HAY, punk-influenced mandolinist Alex Vann’s new project ROCK OF EYE, stripped back arrangements of traditional songs for solo voice and bass from THOM ASHWORTH and impressive young singer and box player COHEN BRAITHWAITE-KILCOYNE.
Co-curated with EFDSS, the popular Folk Rising Plus concert series returns to the Bedford Hotel and extends into Betsy’s Lounge at the Bulverton Marquee with Open Mics and Showcases of emerging artists. We also showcase some of the recipients of bursaries presented by EFDSS through its Creative Seed Funding programme.
The Manor Pavilion hosts Will Pound’s Through the Seasons – The Music of Morris and Folk Dance. Will Pound, Benji Kirkpatrick and Ross Grant showcase beautiful arrangements of traditional dance tunes and songs, in an innovative and playful style, bringing all the joy of a summer’s festival through to the thrill of a winter’s fireside rapper sword-dance.
LIVING BY THE SEA – A vocal voyage through communities afloat and ashore. Backed by their own community on stage – a passionate choir of Sidmouth townsfolk and festival goers – storyteller Matthew Crampton and choir director Paul Sartin take us on a trip amidst those whose lives are governed by the sea. This show re-unites the creative pair behind the current adaptation of The Transports, together with two other musicians from that remarkable production, Benji Kirkpatrick and Saul Rose. Like the Radio Ballads, Living by the Sea is a feast of word and song, diving between ports and ships across Britain and the world. Expect intimate tales, stark ballads and heart-pounding shanties – all revealing the fierce hold the sea keeps upon those who live by it.
Storyteller Debs Newbold weaves in tales to bring the traditions to life.
Magpie Lane present To Every Thing A Season featuring songs of love, dancing, drink and death: a favourite selection from Magpie Lane’s repertoire as the band celebrates 25 years together.
Other guests to be seen in the smaller venues so far include: JOHN KIRKPATRICK, JIM MORAY, ROISIN WHITE, GREG RUSSELL & CIARAN ALGAR, JOSIE DUNCAN & PABLO LAFUENTE, JEZ LOWE, THE ROWSOME FAMILY, STEVE TILSTON, PETE COE, SAM CARTER, GEORGIA LEWIS, RYAN YOUNG with JENN BUTTERWORTH, NICK DOW, JACK RUTTER, JACQUELYN HYNES, PAUL DOWNES & FRIENDS, WILL NOBLE, RACKER DONNELLY, KATIE HOWSON & MARTIN BRINSFORD, JO FREYA, LIZ GIDDINGS & ROGER DIGBY, MEGAN WISDOM, THE DOLLYMOPPS, ROWAN PIGGOTT.
BOB and GILL BERRY will be back to host Arts Centre Acoustic in the Kingswood Hotel, with plenty of opportunities to sing, say and play.