Sidmouth FolkWeek honoured by BBC Radio Devon as 47 Blue Plaques are awarded as part of BBC Music Day

BBC Local Radio, BBC Asian Network and The British Plaque Trust announced today (Wednesday 14 June) 47 new Blue Plaques commemorating people or places that have influenced the musical landscape across the country.

BBC Radio Devon’s Blue Plaque will commemorate Sidmouth Folk Week. The blue plaque honouring Sidmouth FolkWeek will go on a wall at The Ham in Sidmouth where the festival sets up each year in the first week of August.

The plaque will be unveiled on BBC Music Day tomorrow (Thursday 15 June). Sidmouth Folk Week’s Music Day Blue Plaque will be unveiled by Steve Knightly and Phil Beer from Show of Hands who are patrons of Folk Week.

Mark Grinnell, Editor of BBC Radio Devon says: “Every year Sidmouth Folk Week transforms the town into a diverse and vibrant festival, attracting thousands of visitors and music lovers.  It’s great to honour the hundreds of organisers, volunteers and musicians who since 1955 have worked to make Folk Week a truly international event attracting the best names in folk music and putting Devon firmly at the forefront of the folk music scene.”

Sidmouth Folk Festival started in 1955, Britain ’s oldest festival has gone through many transitions but Folk Week is still held in the first week of August and attracts thousands of visitors to Sidmouth to experience the broad range of events. The festival highlights range from major concerts, emerging talent, ceilidhs and folk dancing, family entertainment, workshops and dance displays.

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Unveiling of the plaque event – Thursday 15th June:

The plaque will be unveiled in Connaught Gardens at 12:45pm. There will be a celebration of Folk Week at the Bandstand from 11:30am – 1:30pm. Featuring artists such as: Show of Hands, Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater and Jim Causley. BBC Radio Devon’s Richard Green will be broadcasting live from Sidmouth and BBC Spotlight TV will also be filming the celebration. The event is free for people to come along and enjoy. Connaught Gardens is where Folk Week started in 1955.  After being unveiled the plaque will be mounted at The Ham in Sidmouth.