Sidmouth Folk Festival 2020

Sidmouth Folk Festival 2020

at Sidmouth Folk Festival

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Please note: Info provided by the Event Organiser

Sadly, Sidmouth Folk Festival has been cancelled.

They look forward to reuniting everyone on our return next year, 30th July to 6th August 2021.


Eddi Reader

Eddi Reader appearing at this event

Eddi Reader was brought into the limelight with Fairground Attraction and their single 'Perfect' and parent album First of a Million Kisses which both topped the British charts. However, it has been her subsequent solo albums which signalled her increasing ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them all very much her own. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings to life all forms of song and what sets Eddi apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance.

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Show Of Hands

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Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are widely acknowledged as the finest acoustic roots duo in England. Knightley, who writes most of their inspired material and Beer, a dazzling multi instrumentalist, have built up a huge following which has seen them sell out the Albert Hall four times and headline at major festivals from Glastonbury to WOMAD. Voted Best Duo in the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (as well as clinching Best Original Song for Knightley's acclaimed Arrogance Ignorance and Greed) the jury is still out on just what kind of music they play. A genre defying mix of rock, roots, blues, country, trad, and often influenced by the music of other countries, it is played out on an array of instruments from slide guitar to fiddle, mandolin to South American cuatro. 'Formidable operators in the roots arena. A class act' (The Independent).

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Eliza Carthy

Eliza Carthy appearing at this event

The daughter of Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson - and the star of British folk playing folk music at its best. Eliza breathes new life into England's traditional folk music with her witty and energetic repertoire.

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Home Service

Home Service appearing at this event

Home Service was formed from the creative nucleus of the Albion Band and received the Best Live Act Award at the BBC R2 Folk Awards in 2012. Now under a refreshed line-up featuring the great musician John Kirkpatrick as front man, joined by Graeme Taylor - Electric Guitar, Vocals, Steve King - Keyboards, Tenor Sax Vocals, Rory McFarlane - Bass Guitar, Vocals, Michael Gregory - Drums, Paul Archibald - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Roger Williams - Trombones and Andy Findon - Saxophones, Flutes.

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Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings

Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings appearing at this event

Jon is one of the most venerated of the younger Brit folk generation both for his work with Spiers and Boden and as a founder member of big band folk revolutionaries Bellowhead. He's performed on Later with Jools Holland and at countless prestigeous festivals throughout the UK.

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Peatbog Faeries

Peatbog Faeries appearing at this event

Based on the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries have been nominated for Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 and described as 'the future of Celtic dance music'. They incorporate many influences which take them from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hiphop, reggae and more. Their inventive and unique approach always brings to their audience a true flavour of traditional Scottish music whilst offering a high octane experience - so be prepared to get on the dancefloor! 'Nothing prepares you for the high octane music of the Peatbog Faeries' - The Scotsman.

See 11 tour dates featuring Peatbog Faeries

The Demon Barbers XL

The Demon Barbers XL appearing at this event

The Demon Barbers are a seven-piece folk-funk-fusion band, combining solid traditional acoustic instruments and songs with the added oomph of a superbly tight rhythm section, making a unique and captivating sound. Since winning ‘Best Live Act’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards The Demon Barbers have been immersed in the development of their Folk & Hip Hop Dance Extravaganza ‘The Lock In’. Following a number of successful UK tours, including high profile shows at Glastonbury Festival and 5 star reviews for their 2 week run at Edinburgh Fringe, The Demon Barbers now bring some of the UK’s most exciting young Clog, Sword, Hip Hop & Break dancers onto the concert stage to create the live folk music & dance spectacular of the year! The Demon Barbers XL features new material from their new album ‘Disco At The Tavern’ a collaboration with Grammy & Emmy Award winners Donal Hodgson and Kipper, best known for their work with Sting. “It’s as if they’ve found the key to unlock the idea of 21st Century folk-rock revealing that these days rock isn’t part of the equation at all. They’re giving folk music its own dance revolution. The music here isn’t the background, it’s the manifesto. And it’s wonderful” Chris Nickson, f’Roots

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Yves Lambert Trio

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Yves Lambert, well known for his charisma and generosity on stage, is considered a reference point when it comes to Quebecois folk music. Certain Quebecois critics even regard him as a guiding light on the whole subject of Quebec’s cultural heritage. Through his long-time association with the band La Bottine Souriante, Yves Lambert was a founding member and pillar of the group from 1976 to 2002. For the past 30 years M. Lambert has been a driving force in giving traditional music the place that it deserves beyond the Quebec and Canadian borders, and now continues to pursue the adventure with his Le Bébert Orchestra and new TRIO! Lambert has a great capacity to give a contemporary sense to the traditional song because his choices are made with the same vital personal concerns and preoccupations. For him the content is essential to keep his music vibrant and not being caught in any one rigid style of expression. Furthermore, he has a great capacity for versatile interpretation ... he can sing rock music, or children’s songs, or more bluesy arrangements - and all the while representing traditional music as one of its leading figureheads. His new trio features: Olivier Rondeau (guitars and voice) a specialist in jazz guitar. He has played with several jazz and pop-rock bands. He contributes to the fundamental band dynamics with his youth, cheerful motivation and his exceptional, inspired and versatile instrumentalist talents. Tommy Gauthier (violin, bouzouki, mandolin, vocals) His versatility and his natural sense of improvisation add a great deal to the band. He plays different styles including jazz, traditional and country music. Yves will always remain the explorer for which his legendary joviality and his genuine nature seals the pact between maturity, finesse and entertainment!

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Talisk appearing at this event

In their five years, Scottish firebrands Talisk have stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including 2018’s Belhaven Bursary for Innovation & 2017’s Folk Band of the Year both at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Consisting of Mohsen Amini (the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year 2018), Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong, the trio seamlessly meld concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a multi-layered, enthralling signature that has effortlessly captivated audiences from the USA to Australia, and throughout the UK. Appearances at world-leading festivals has amassed them a die-hard following, whilst the world’s folk and world music media have also lauded high credits upon the trio. The release of their 2018 second album, 'Beyond', was met with a five-star ‘Top of the World’ review in Songlines, praising the band as “incredibly infectious and endearing… fresh, invigorating, accomplished and playfully frisky.”

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Will Pound

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Will Pound is one of the world’s top harmonica players and has taken the instrument to new places and new music with a style that is completely his own. Will plays both diatonic and chromatic harmonicas and creates sounds not usually heard on this little instrument in styles varying from bluegrass, folk, jazz and Arabic to blues, rock, pop and funk. Will was nominated BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician Of The Year 2012.

See 2 tour dates featuring Will Pound

Magpie Arc

A cross-border, five-piece, folk-rock band, featuring Nancy Kerr, Martin Simpson, Adam Holmes, Tom A Wright and Alex Hunter.

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Daoirí Farrell Band

Daoirí Farrell Band appearing at this event

Pronounced 'Derry', this is a collaboration by three of Dublin's finest young musicians. The trio consists of Daoirí Farrell ( vocals and bozouki), Alan Doherty, ex –Gráda and lead soloist on the Lord of the Rings soundtrack and James Ryan ( Guitar and Tenor Guitar).

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The East Pointers

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The East Pointers are attracting attention across the world for their undeniable ability to get hands clapping, feet stomping, and bodies of all ages bouncing in harmony. Cousins Koady and Tim Chaisson are part of a renowned dynasty of fiddlers and folk musicians from Canada’s Prince Edward Island.

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The Melrose Quartet

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Glorious four-part harmony singing combines with crunchy twin fiddles, majestic melodeon and powerful bouzouki in a set that will leave your heart singing and your feet tapping. The quartet are made up from two duos; Nancy Kerr & James Fagan and Richard & Jess Arrowsmith.

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Trials Of Cato

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The Trials of Cato formed in Beirut in the summer of 2015 and spent a formative year performing traditional music on the Lebanese music scene and developing their sound. Following their debut at Radio Beirut in September 2015, they went on to regularly fill some of Beirut’s foremost music venues. Since returning to the UK, their feet have hardly touched the ground as they are booked up at folk clubs and festivals across the country thanks to a formidable live reputation.

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Fara appearing at this event

Fara are four young female fiddlers/singers from Orkney whose music is starting to make waves. Amongst their ranks they boast Jeana Leslie, winner of the BBC Young Folk Award & Kristan Harvery, winner of Scottish Young Trad Musician. With vibrant and inventive arrangements, energetic fiddle and driving piano, Fara’s live show is an exciting one. With their mixture of self-penned and traditional tunes, as well as songs with rich four-part harmony vocals, the girls combine musical experiences and friendship to produce an exciting and individual sound, already to taking its rightful place in the Scottish folk scene.

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John Kirkpatrick

John Kirkpatrick appearing at this event

An outstanding folk singer/songwriter who has some magnificent songs to his name and who is also probably this country's finest squeezebox player. 'One of the finest squeezebox players in Christendom. An outstanding singer, a notable songwriter... He's in a class of his own for the life he instils into whatever issues from his squeezeboxes' (Folk Roots).

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Mairearad Green

Mairearad Green appearing at this event

A Scottish multi-instrumentalist who is equally talented on the accordion, pipes and piano. Mairearad was in the finals of the BBC Young Scottish Traditional Musician Of The Year 2001 and is a keen composer whose tunes have been recorded by other artists.

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Anna Massie

Anna Massie appearing at this event

Winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2003, Anna Massie is a folk multi-instrumentalist who has been astonishing audiences across the country with her sensational guitar playing and innovative arrangements'. Another wonderful example of how youth embraces and refreshes traditional culture.' – Netrhythms.

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Jack Rutter

Guitar player and folk vocalist.

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Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne

A fine young award winning singer, melodeon and concertina player currently making a name for himself throughout the UK.

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Rosie Hood

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Rosie Hood is a young folk singer from Wiltshire, known for her strong, pure voice and engaging solo performance. A BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 and a 2016 Horizon Award nominee at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, Rosie has become more than purely a traditional singer. Having started learning folk songs at an early age from her family, Rosie has a keen interest in the history of traditional songs, particularly those of her native Wiltshire, where she has spent time researching in the local archives and developing a broad repertoire of local songs.

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Granny's Attic

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Granny's Attic are a folk trio from Worcester, England who met and formed at secondary school in 2009 and have since been regularly playing a variety of gigs including festivals, local events and gigs across the country. They play a range of English, Irish, Scottish traditional music, as well as some of their own compositions. Each member plays a variety of instruments, with the main line-up being melodeon/concertina; guitar; and fiddle/mandolin.

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Frankie Armstrong

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Rachel Hair

Highland harpist.

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An exciting new folk music trio from the Midlands performing a mixture of original and traditional material for concert and dance Moirai is a meeting of the musical minds of Jo Freya (Blowzabella, Token Women, Fraser Sisters), Nicky Pound (Haddo) and Melanie Biggs (All Blacked Up). Having played together many a tune in sessions throughout the country, it was decided to knit together their various talents by forming Moirai. Moirai means 'Spinners of Destiny' and performances weave the trio's instrumental talents with Jo Freya's haunting vocals. The result: enchanting musical arrangements delivered with skill and a healthy dollop of humour.

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Mike Wilson & Damien Barber

Mike Wilson & Damien Barber appearing at this event

Nominated 'Best Duo' on BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2010. Two of the finest exponents of traditional song in the United Kingdom; it is difficult to accept that these relatively young men, have a combined 40+ years experience of performing at Folk venues. Damien and Mike have a rich shared repertoire of traditional songs plus the work of modern folk writers such as Bellamy, Ewan MacColl and Mike Waterson.

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Gadarene appearing at this event

'Gadarene blends obscure traditional English tunes, virtuoso acoustic musicians, combined with funky beats and loads of energy. Gadarene creates a sophisticated and exciting performance, drawing on many diverse musical influences, yet making a sound that is all their own. The band's repertoire focuses on unusual and compelling tunes, carefully researched from Eighteenth and Nineteenth century manuscripts. Gadarene attacks these glorious tunes with the raw energy and verve often associated with the cream of traditional dance musicians.'

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Ruth Notman

Ruth Notman appearing at this event

Folk / roots singer performing original material.

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Ben Paley

Ben Paley appearing at this event

Ben is a fiddler with a penchant for Swedish folk tunes and an ability to turn his bow to any style.

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Christine Kydd

Christine Kydd appearing at this event

One of Scotland's great singers, is a renowned interpreter and champion of the Scots song tradition and is universally respected as a teacher of Scots song and voice work. 'Christine Kydd is a musician who brings warmth and style to her work, and a unique ability to communicate instantly with an audience or workshop group.'

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Nick Dow

A fine repertoire of traditional songs, with an easy velvet voice and sensitive guitar playing.

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Laurel Swift

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Matthew Crampton

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Author Matthew Crampton is a London-based writer and folk singer. Previously, he worked as a speechwriter in London and Hong Kong. Matthew is known in folk clubs for performing traditional songs, monologues and music hall classics. He also sings with the shanty group The London Lubbers.

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Michael Dacre

Winner of the dubious Hodja Cup for Lying, Michael Dacre is one of Britain's most articulate, witty and lively storytellers.

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Andy Clarke

Folk singer and member of the 'Mooncoin Ceilidh Band'.

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The Shackleton Trio

The Shackleton Trio appearing at this event

The Shackleton Trio (formerly The Georgia Shackleton Trio) combine vocals, fiddle, guitar and mandolin to play a blend of old time, bluegrass and self penned material. After studying the highly acclaimed folk and traditional music degree in Newcastle, Georgia has performed in various line ups with an eclectic mix of fantastic musicians. This trio sees her playing alongside Aaren Bennett and Nic Zuppardi on the guitar and mandolin, both seasoned instrumentalists who have played across Europe.

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Tom Kitching

Tom Kitching appearing at this event

Loughborough University Music Scholar and finalist in BBC's Young Folk Musician of the Year.

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Chris Hoban

A diverse sound drawing on influences from British folk roots, Brazilian, Cuban and African music.

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David Jones

'David has an enormous repertoire of folksong from both sides of the Atlantic. He has performed throughout his native Britain and North America at festivals, clubs, and colleges, singing songs from the great days of sail, Music Hall favorites, traditional ballads, and the works of contemporary writers. He sings both a capella and with guitar or concertina accompaniment and involves his audience in refrains and choruses ranging from boisterous to sentimental.' (Royal Oak Folk Club)

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Moira Craig

A superb performer of traditional and written Scottish songs.

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Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall

After less than a year playing music together, Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall have taken the folk scene by storm with their unusual and fresh approach to folk music. Based in South West England, their songs, which are a mixture of traditional and original, follow themes of love and loss; dreams and reflections and struggle and triumph against all odds. Taking inspiration from stories with strong female characters, history, mythology and personal experience, Julu and Heg create evocative songs with a deeply moving and pure sound using the musical line up of vocal harmonies, guitar, flute and piano. Alongside their captivating original folk music, the duo create unique arrangements of traditional songs, often changing the endings to songs where the female characters are less fortunate, allowing the poor heart-broken maids to rise into triumphant heroes. The pair perform their songs with humour and charisma, showcasing their accomplished musicianship and fine artistry. Both Julu and Heg have received praise and recognition individually as musicians; the two now come together for the first time, using powerful songwriting, weaving stories and crisp vocal harmonies to create a beautiful, distinctive sound.

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Wynndebagge The Piper

Lively, humour, have-a-go family show. Troubadour and bard; this is 16th century rock'n'roll!

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George Sampson

George Sampson appearing at this event

Since winning ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ in 2008, George’s career has gone from strength to strength. He went straight onto the stage in the Novello Theatre London as a lost boy in ‘Into The Hood’. After his West End debut, George continued to dance and also began to sing releasing his debut single ‘Get Up On The Dancefloor/Heads Up’. George has been seen on TV screens in ‘Waterloo Road’ as Kyle Stack and in January 2016 joined the cast of ‘Emmerdale’ (ITV) as Ryan.

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Megan Wisdom

Megan Wisdom is a folk musician and singer of traditional songs. Born and bred in Suffolk, Megan has been attending pub sessions for as long as she can remember, which has provided the foundation for a warm, simple style which resonates throughout her performances. She loves to explore the stories which are deeply etched into British folk music, and bring out the voices from the past which are alive within lyrics and melodies. She views folk music not only as a complex and enigmatic genre but as a historical resource, and loves to research the background of each of the songs that she sings and the themes that run through them. Singing mostly unaccompanied, sometimes with a table harmonium,

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Cock And Bull Band

Brilliant, stomping dance music and entrancing concert material performed with the use of pipes, strings, strums, blows and keys as well as the vocal chords of Jean-Pierre Rasle.

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Urban Folk Theory

Featuring Nick Haynes, Cate Banister , Harry Lee, Mark Jolly, Phil Wilcox and Dan Bones.

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Threepenny Bit

This raucous 8 piece band combines a group of diehard folkies with some of the finest young jazz and classical musicians in the south to create an exciting live show you won’t forget!

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Paul Hutchinson

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Paul Sartin

Paul Sartin appearing at this event

As a singer, oboist, violinist, composer and arranger Paul has performed and recorded extensively with BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winners and nominees Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast and Faustus. Editor of the Bellowhead Songbook, and Hampshire Dance Tunes, Paul’s composition commissions include; The Seven Joys of Mary for the Choir of Somerville College, Oxford; The Hartlepool Monkey for Streetwise Opera (nominated for a BASCA award) and Kites, Cars and Cor Anglais, commissioned by BBC Radio 4 for the series Playing the Skyline. His latest publication is Community Choirs Folk, for Faber Music. Since 2001 Paul has directed the Andover Museum Loft Singers, a non-auditioning community choir. He was awarded a First for his Masters in Traditional Music, and in 2007, received a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

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Six-piece melodic folk-rock with traditional roots music. Scintillating but subtle ceilidh music that will make you want to dance.

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Gordon Potts

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Fee Lock

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Sandra Kerr

Sandra Kerr appearing at this event

Well-loved singer and musician with a wide range of traditional and contemporary material.

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John Dipper

John Dipper is a respected and established performer and composer. Steeped in the traditions of Southern England, he has a unique playing style and a deep understanding and passion for indigenous culture.

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Saul Rose

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Emily Askew

Early music artist playing bagpipes, shawm and recorder.

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Ed Rennie

A fine melodeon player in the English tradition who also plays guitar and mandola and has a powerful rich voice too.

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Sarah Matthews

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Jacquelyn Hynes

Jacquelyn Hynes is a freelance London based multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator. She plays silver and wooden flutes, sax, piano and pipes, and also composes

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The Newcastle Kingsmen

Traditional sword dancers.

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Jamie Smith's MABON

Jamie Smith's MABON appearing at this event

Jamie Smith's MABON are Wales' finest exponents of original InterCeltic music. Accordion, fiddle, bouzouki, bass and drums dance through the songs and melodies of Jamie Smith, treading the borders between Celtic heritage and a contemporary sound – experience the energy of jigs and reels; hear a graceful mazurka, an ecstatic muiñera; feel the power of a rousing sing-along tale or a haunting Welsh-language love-song. “If music could fuel engines, Mabon could solve the energy crisis” - Songlines

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The Local Honeys

The Local Honeys appearing at this event

Linda Jean Stokley and Montana Hobbs are The Local Honeys. Born and raised in Kentucky, they have dedicated themselves to the preservation of old music and the creation of new music with the ability to tear into hard driving fiddle tunes, sing the high lonesome sound, and tell a toe-tappingly good story.

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Olcay Bayir

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Inspired by the meeting of Asian and Mediterranean musical traditions, singer, songwriter and composer Olcay Bayir's songs unfold stories of Anatolian love and mystery. Olcay is from Turkey, based in London and is a classically trained soprano with a velveteen voice like no other. Her Western training collides perfectly with her passion for the rich musical heritage of her Anatolian homeland, allowing her to craft intricate and unusual melodic phrases, distinct harmonies and captivating, richly-layered textures. Olcay Bayir is no formulaic folk singer, her songs are uniquely re-imagined via her own inimitable creative style. Her exceptional approach for eclectic, contemporary and mystical sound incorporates elements of classical music, folk and improvisation through her original songs and arrangements of folk songs within the region of Anatolia and its surroundings.

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Windjammer appearing at this event

Windjammer are a contemporary folk trio based in Plymouth. Blending voice, guitar, accordion and percussion, they mix original compositions with reinterpretations of traditional material.

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Bird In The Belly

Bird in the Belly is collective is made up of solo artist Jinnwoo, folk duo Hickory Signals and instrumentalist Tom Pryor. Together they record songs and stories that have either never before been recorded or are rarely recorded - all set to contemporary folk music, in the hopes of reintroducing these songs back into the folk canon. Their sound is raw and bare-boned with “distinctively contemporary and earthy vocalising” (R2 Magazine) – and harks back to the 1960’s Folk Revival sound.

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Honey & The Bear

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British folk and roots inspired duo Honey & the Bear combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with powerful guitar riffs, foot-stomping rhythms and catchy melodies. The multiinstrumentalist pair, comprised of songwriters Jon Hart (guitar, bass, mandolin) and Lucy Sampson (guitar, ukulele, bass, banjo and percussion), have been writing together since early 2014.

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Tim Edey

Tim Edey appearing at this event

Winning both categories in which he was nominated at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, 'Best Musician' and 'Best Duo' (with Brendan Power), Tim Edey is one of the finest multi-instrumental players of his generation in the worldwide Celtic music scene. A virtuoso on both acoustic guitar and button accordion, Tim's incredible musical ear and total technical command allows him to play the most demanding instrumentals and improvise freely in any style you throw at him. His great gifts have led to touring/recording with Sharon Shannon, Lunasa, Michael McGoldrick, Seamus Begley, Mary Black, Altan and Capercaillie - to name a few, and has also appeared on the Jools Holland show. Tim has released four solo albums and had his compositions recorded by Sharon Shannon and other respected Celtic artists.

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Percussive step and clog dancers.

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Brown Boots

Brown Boots! is Will Allen on melodeon and Martin Clarke on fiddle. Their musical background is rooted in playing music for dancing, as well as gaining inspiration from playing with their many talented musical friends at festivals and pub sessions across the country. Will Allen Will is a supremely talented multi-instrumentalist, although his primary focus is as a melodeon player and fiddler. He performs an extensive repertoire of folk dance tunes, mostly from the British Isles. His music takes influences from all corners of Western Europe and he has developed a unique take on traditional tunes. In 2015 he was shortlisted for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Competition. Will is also a proud member of electrifying ceilidh band Urban Folk Theory. with which he has performed at some of the UK’s biggest folk festivals. Martin Clarke Martin is a highly-skilled fiddle player, with musical roots in the North East of England, stemming from his time studying at Durham University. He plays music from across the British Isles with influences from the continent. He also has an interest in North American music traditions. Although originally classically trained, he has a wealth of experience at playing for ceilidhs and for rapper sword dancing. He also plays for Silver Street Ceilidh Band and The Spring Heeled Jacks. All of this contributes to his unique style, producing soaring, lyrical melodies with rhythm that makes the listener want to move!

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Jim Causley

Jim Causley appearing at this event

Jim is a young folk singer/musician from East Devon who performs an exciting mixture of traditional and contemporary songs including many of his own compositions.

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Also Appearing

Edward II, Centralbal, Matt Cranitch, Jackie Daly, Brighde Chaimbeul, Eugenia Georgieva, Fran Foote & Belinda Kempster, Teilhard Frost, Ron Jappy, Dan Keding, Sam Richards, Sidmouth Town Band, Martin Brinsford, Dan Quinn, Ron Taylor, Racker Donnelly, Louise Sherman, The Wilderness Yet, Holly Clarke, Kirkophany, Melrose Quintet, Diatonics, The Pigeon Swing, Contrasaurus, Out Of Hand, Jovial Crew, Nozzy, Mrs Midnight’s Bosun Higgs English Country Dance Band, Jigfoot, The Barber Band, Frog On A Bike, Mollie Koenigsberger, Richard Jones, Brooke Friendly, Nick Walden, Barry Goodman, Hannah Moore, Frances Richardson, Michael Catovsky, The Magnificent Seven, Rhodri Davies, Jane Bird, Emma Wooders, Jeremy Newton, Kitty Greenwood, Bob Ellis, Nick & Mary Barber, Jo May, Terry Mann, Mike Bailey, West Gallery Music Association, Shooting Roots, Stream Of Sound, Ilse Pedler, Avtar Indian Dance, Chloe Middleton-Metcalfe, Helen Richards, Eglamore, Kevin Monaghan, Bridget Flett, Instep Research Team, Norma Mills, Hugh Taylor, Janet Dowling, Boss Morris, Compass Roses, Shropshire Bedlams, Martha Rhoden’s Tuppenny Dish, First Class Stamp, Fool’s Gambit Morris, Lancashire Wallopers, Pig Dyke Molly Dancers, Rumworth Morris, Sheffield Steel Rapper, Sidmouth Mummers, In Helen’s Shoes, Sol Loreto-Miller , Joseph Rowe, Theo Parmakis, Jake Middleton-Metcalfe, Quinie, Silver Street Band, Centralbal, Diatonics

Rated Excellent

Sidmouth Folk Festival

Ham Lane
EX10 8XR

Sidmouth Folk Festival

Ham Lane
EX10 8XR