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Plans are coming together for a memorable Online Sidmouth Folk Festival.
Central to it will be four hour ‘live’ shows from a secret location in Sidmouth on Saturday 1st August and Sunday 2nd August 5-9pm.
Hosted by Matthew Crampton and Kitty Macfarlane, the shows will feature live appearances by Steve Knightley and Jim Causley and specially recorded performances by Martin Simpson, Brighde Chaimbeul, Jez Lowe, Talisk, Yves Lambert, Ewan McLennan, Jackie Oates & John Spiers, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne and many more.
Look out for special contributions from Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Blowzabella, Rachel Hair and Jon Boden.
Then there’s the ever popular John Gasson Jig Competition, the legendary Sidmouth Folk Festival Horse Trials, Folk on Foot, Folk Dance, Storytelling, Poetry, Mummers Plays and so much more.
Lots of activities for Children too and Shooting Roots and Stream of Sound are back with a strong Youth programme.
Please note: All live stream events are subject to change. Not all events listed are live performances by the artist - they also include archived concerts, DJ sets, masterclasses, Q&As and more.
Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo Show of Hands as well as a fine singer and musician. From a rock background, Knightley is known for his strong narrative songs (many inspired by people and places in his native West Country) and cogent, inventive lyrics. His rock style rant Country Life and anthemic rally call Roots were both nominated for Best Original Song in the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, whilst Show of Hands have won the categories Best Live Act and Best Duo. At the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Steve won the coveted Best Original Song category with his topical and widely acclaimed song aimed at bankers and MPs – Arrogance Ignorance and Greed. Steve's 2010 solo appearances include Glastonbury and Larmer Tree festivals. 'Bleak, witty and finely observed' (The Guardian).
See 13 tour dates featuring Steve Knightley
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.
See Jim Causley tour dates
Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin Simpson's interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. His own song writing has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic Love Never Dies, to the profoundly moving Never Any Good. His career includes collaborations on stage and record with June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon and many more. Simpson is a very regular nominee in the BBC Folk Awards and received Musician of the Year in 2002 and 2005.
See 14 tour dates featuring Martin Simpson
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Singer/songwriter Jez is an enchanting performer with an engaging North-Eastern wit. His songs are mainly written in a traditional style, accompanied on guitar, cittern and harmonica. Jez was nominated for 2008 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Singer of the Year. He has built an enviable reputation as a songwriter and performer in the world of acoustic sounds with more than a dozen albums and countless live performances around the world.
See 4 tour dates featuring Jez Lowe
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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2011 BBC Folk Awards 'Horizon' award winner and a fast-rising young Folk star, Edinburgh-born Ewan has been making headlines over the last year, performing at festivals, clubs, and concert halls across the country. He combines traditional music from around Britain and beyond with his own earthy, self-penned songs, creating a unique and compelling sound. He has a gorgeous, lilting voice, a quietly assured and commanding presence and some smart guitar arrangements.
See 5 tour dates featuring Ewan McLennan
Jackie Oates is a rising star who was a BBC Young Folk Award finalist in 2003 and has since had a MOJO top 10 album, numerous gigs and festival appearances as well as tours with the legendary Show of Hands.
See 10 tour dates featuring Jackie Oates
John is undoubtedly one of the best melodeon players of his generation. Over the past decade or so he has straddled the line between the traditional and contemporary, performing under the guise of Spiers & Boden and with folk super group Bellowhead.
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Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are a multi-talented duo who have become one of the most popular folk / Americana acts to have emerged on the British music scene in recent years. They present a unique and intimate show of American roots and English folk music. Huddled around a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar. Fleetingly, they may evoke a memory of Gram and Emmylou, Shirley and Davey, but their warm distilling of influences from both sides of the Atlantic produces a refined sound that is decidedly their own.
See 3 tour dates featuring Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
A fine young award winning singer, melodeon and concertina player currently making a name for himself throughout the UK.
See Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne tour dates