About Us

Proudly championing traditional music, dance and song since 1955, The Sidmouth Folk Festival continues to build on its many years of success in creating an inclusive music community which embraces variety – celebrating tradition in all its many forms, including the rich diversity of folk arts in the UK, from the grass roots to the cutting edge.

2022 sees us return to a full live festival. Things have changed – but hopefully for the better, with a focus on audience welfare as we return to community gatherings, as well as a fresh-faced programme including special events and artists ranging across the many different areas of the festival. 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 this special Sidmouth Folk Festival community for some memory-making headline concerts in 2022 with Kate Rusby, The Spooky Men’s Chorale, Eddi Reader and Spiers & Boden amongst established names; the very best of Irish tradition bearers, Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly; the brightest beacons of the future folk, Brìghde Chaimbeul, Jack Rutter, Rosie Hood, Cohen BraithwaiteKilcoyne and more. And some out-and-out gratuitous party fun at Bulverton with Peatbog Faeries, Edward II, Sheelanagig and Joshua Burnell & Band, plus showstopping songwriting icon Grace Petrie, and the opportunity to ‘get you Euro on’ with Blowzabella. Look out too for top French dance band Centralbal. 

Keep an eye open for news of exciting developments across the whole Bulverton site over the next few months, as it becomes the place to be, all day and much of the night And celebrate now with a much improved Bulverton In One Ticket!


4 August – 11 August 2023 | 2 August – 9 August 2024