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EDDI READER CELEBRATES ‘40 Years Live’

by James Garrett • December 5, 2019

We’re very excited to welcome the wonderful Eddie Reader to Sidmouth in 2020. Eddi is perhaps Scotland’s greatest living female voice. In 2020, she celebrates her 40th year on stage with a ‘40 Years Live’ tour. From her earliest years playing the folk clubs of western Scotland and learning how to street sing across Europe […]


STEELEYE SPAN RETURN FOR 2020

by James Garrett • December 5, 2019

As one decade ticked over another, 1970 would prove to be an historic year for music and the world at large. For Steeleye Span it would mark a major milestone with the release of their debut album Hark The Village Wait. Five decades years on and the band, led as ever by the iconic vocals […]


Sing, Dance, Play on the 2020 GARDEN STAGE at The Sidmouth Folk Festival!

by James Garrett • November 25, 2019

An exciting opportunity to perform on the Garden Stage, in Blackmore Gardens, at  Sidmouth Folk Festival. The Garden Stage is managed through the Sidmouth Folk Festival Children’s Festival who are keen to promote young and aspiring performers to family audiences of all ages. Could this be you, or do you know someone who might like […]


Sidmouth Town Band win National Finals Silverware

by James Garrett • September 20, 2019

Sidmouth Town Band took part in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in Cheltenham last weekend and were thrilled to be awarded third prize, in a competition involving the best second section bands from England, Wales and Scotland. The band qualified for the National finals after winning the West of England second section […]


Sing a Song of Sidmouth Winners

by James Garrett • September 11, 2019

We had a great response to our Sing a Song of Sidmouth competition last month with over 75 entries. Sandra Kerr (workshop leader of Festival Choir) judged the final selected entries. Winners were Trish Santer (Adult), Arlo Jallands (Child) and Mac McKay (Multi-verse song). The winning songs were sung at the Grand Workshop showcase with […]


Thank You

by James Garrett • August 14, 2019

Wow! What an amazing time we had at The Sidmouth Folk Festival last week – celebrating our 65th birthday in style – despite the impact of the whirlwind weather on planned finale events. Thanks to all of YOU who came along and made it such a special event. And thanks to both audiences and volunteers […]


Venue Changes for Friday 9th August Events

by James Garrett • August 8, 2019

STATEMENT FROM THE SIDMOUTH FOLK FESTIVAL Due to the forecast weather conditions, the whole Ham area will be closed on Friday. The following events have been relocated in the interests of public safety. Grand Workshop Showcase moved to the Manor Pavilion. 12.30 – 2.15pm Concert with The Shee and Amythyst Kiah moved to The Bulverton. […]


Torchlight Procession and Fireworks

by James Garrett • August 8, 2019

STATEMENT FROM THE SIDMOUTH FOLK FESTIVAL Due to the forecast weather conditions, The Sidmouth Folk Festival has, with regret, cancelled Friday’s torchlight procession and fireworks, in the interests of public safety.


32nd John Gasson Jig Competition

by James Garrett • August 6, 2019

What an amazing competition! The variety, depth and interpretation of the jigs of the different traditions was great to watch. It was a journey through the ages; the youngest entrant was 15 and as the dancers progressed in years it was wonderful to see how they had matured, taking on board judges’ comments over the […]


Sidmouth Horse Trials 2019

by James Garrett • August 5, 2019

What a cracking turnout for the 4th Sidmouth Horse (and Beast) Trials at The Sidmouth Folk Festival.Twenty six horses and beasts of disguise competed for the highly coveted Aardman Trophy and Sidmouth Horse Trials rosettes. Papier Mari was finally selected as ‘Horse Of The Year’ in a hotly contested event, with special mention for two […]