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About Us

Well, if you ever plan to motor (south) west
Jack, take my way, it’s the highway, that’s the best
Get your kicks at Sidmouth no. 66!

Did we mention it was our 66th festival in 2020?!

Proudly championing traditional music, dance and song for all these years, The Sidmouth Folk Festival looks forward to building on our 65 years of success with growing audiences, greater diversity in the programme, great in-town folk dance venues and programming and an addictive, welcoming atmosphere which is classed by visitors and artists alike as ‘life-changing’.

2020 sees a focus on programming some extra special events and artists across the many different areas of the festival, to ensure that festival goers get the best quality programming for their specific interests. Diversity and community is what sets us apart for so many of our visitors…

It’s the diversity and community spirit that sets Sidmouth apart from other festivals – it has, as it says, an ear to the past and an eye on the future – it is steeped in tradition which is a most important part of Sidmouth – but not in a stuffy way, it keeps in touch with current stuff too. There is a community tradition/vibe you don’t get at other festivals – so much different stuff going on that any two people can go to The Sidmouth Folk Festival  and have a completely different festival experience. The ad lib stuff like songs & tunes on the bus, busking in the bus shelter, rapper dance in the bars in town etc (part of the community spirit) is all part what makes Sidmouth special. You have to go to Sidmouth Folk Week to get it, and when you do best to stay for the whole week to get the whole Sidmouth experience.”

Join our very special community created in a week for some showstopping headline concerts with Eliza Carthy Restitute Live and Home Service with John Tams amongst many favourites; the very best in Irish tradition with Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly; the hottest new talent (with our eye on the future, as ever) in Brighde Chaimbeul, Jack Rutter, Rosie Hood, Cohen BraithwaiteKilcoyne and more; the very best French Dance band, Centralbal for Euro dancers or the most varied array of dance workshop styles and so much more in each area of the festival.