A huge number of acts have been announced for the 65th edition of the newly renamed Sidmouth Folk Festival - previously Sidmouth Folk Week - which is eight days filled with folk music, singing, dancing, pub sessions, concerts, and cream teas, focused in the centre and sea front of Sidmouth, Devon from Friday 2nd to Friday 9th August 2019.
At the largest seated venue, The Ham, the evening concerts include a solo acoustic sho3w from Richard Thompson, The Spooky Men's Chorale, Steve Knightley & Friends in 'Fifty Shades of Sidmouth' tracing Steve’s musical journey from apprentice to patron, Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, Flook, Le Vent du Nord, Lisa O'Neill, Lady Maisery, and Belshazzar's Feast. There are also pre-Festival special concerts from Lindisfarne, and Ralph McTell.
Daytime concerts at The Ham include The Young 'Uns: 'The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff', Martin Simpson, Sam Sweeney’s 'The Unfinished Violin', Hannah James' Jigdoll Ensemble, and duo Nancy Kerr & James Fagan. Other highlights over the week include Peatbog Faeries, Seth Lakeman, Topette, Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys, and Blackbeard's Tea Party. For the details including many more acts please see the line-up page.
There's a wide range of small events offering opportunities to see festival guests on concert stages in more intimate settings – from special shows at The Manor Pavilion to the English Folk Dance & Song Society co-curated concert series featuring emerging young artists; traditional music and song events at The Woodlands and new sounds from fRoots magazine-curated Cellar Full of Folkadelia afternoon sessions. There's also a line-up of leading ceilidh bands and callers from around the country including: Whapweasel, Token Women, Banter, The Committee Band, Threepenny Bit, Out Of Hand, Kirkophany, The Gloworms, Tautas Roks and Blackbeard's Tea Party, plus 200+ Workshop Events.
An all-in-one ticket costs £314, with a weeks camping £64 extra. Many other ticket options are available, including weekend and day tickets, and tickets to the pre-Festival concerts.
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