A huge number of acts have been announced for Sidmouth Folk Week, which is eight days filled with folk music, singing, dancing, pub sessions, concerts, and cream teas, focused in the centre of Sidmouth, Devon and on the sea front from Friday 3rd to Friday 10th August 2018.
Leading the names are Fairport Convention, The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain, Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band, Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes, Cara Dillon, Karine Polwart, Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening, Blowzabella, McCusker/Drever/Woomble, John Doyle, Gigspanner Big Band, False Lights,and Elephant Sessions.
And there's Gordie Mackeeman and His Rhythm Kings, Alistair Anderson & Northlands, Steve Tilston and Jez Lowe, Stick in the Wheel, Edgelarks, The Rheingans Sisters, Kaia Kater, Blackbeard's Tea Party, Police Dog Hogan, Les Barker, Peter Knight & John Spiers, Ye Vagabonds, Pete Coe, Narthen, John Kirkpatrick, The Emily Askew Band, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Naomi Bedford, and Sandra Kerr.
There's also Ryan Young with Jenn Butterworth, Magpie Lane, Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente, National Youth Folk Ensemble, Debs Newbold, Jim Causley, Will Pound's Through The Seasons, Patrick Ryan, Nick Dow, Paul Downes & Friends, Georgia Lewis, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, Tim Jones & The Dark Lanterns, Rock Of Eye, Jack Rutter, and Out of Hand.
Plus there's Old Swan Band, Playford Liberation Front, Polkaworks, Vintage Cock And Bull Band, Banter, Whapweasel, Monster Ceilidh Band, Diatonics, The Valiant Dance Band, Threepenny Bit, Lasair, Vertical Expression, Contrasaurus Stradivarious, Bowjolie, Limehouse Cut, Polka Pests, Mrs Midnights, and Sea-green Incorrigible Music.
As well as these: Roisin White, The Rowsome Family, Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp, Racker Donnelly, Liz Giddings & Roger Digby, Katie Howson & Martin Brinsford, Annie Winter, John Howson, Dan Quinn, Bob & Gill Berry, Rachel Shapiro Wallace, Gordon Potts, Jo Freya, Emma Wooders, Nick Walden, Hannah Moore, Fee Lock, Barry Goodman, Sue Coe, Martyn Harvey, Madeleine Smith, Val Knight, Kerry Fletcher, Megan Hatto, Daisy Black, Lynne Render, Ann Hinchcliffe, Charlotte Rich, Michael Catovsky, Jane Thomas, Beryl Jukes, and Mike Boston.
And finally there's John Dipper, Saul Rose, Phillip Henry, Jo May, Jacqueleyn Hynes, Will Lang, Ed Rennie, Bob Ellis, Kitty Greenwood Terry Mann, Nick & Mary Barber, Canaan's Land, Lost Sound Chorus, Mike Bailey, West Gallery Music Association, Janet Dowling, Shooting Roots, Stream of Sound, and Frances Watt & Chris Walshaw.
There'll also be dancing teams, including Hammersmith Morris Men, Sussex Junction Morris, The Outside Capering Crew, Wreckers Border Morris, Chiltern Hundreds Clog Morris, Belle D’vain Northwest Morris, Camden Clog, Feet First Appalachian Cloggers, Flag & Bone Gang, Whip The Cat Rapper & Clog, Thrales Rapper,Gog Magog Molly, After Dinner Clog, Sidmouth Steppers North West Morris.
An all-in-one 8-day ticket costs £295. Many other ticket options are available
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