STOP PRESS: Folk Awards Winners at Sidmouth FolkWeek

by James Garrett • April 6, 2018

What a great night at the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards on Wednesday at the Waterfront, Belfast! Great performances and a great opportunity to celebrate the wealth of talent in the contemporary folk scene. Congratulations to all the winners, but we are particularly delighted to be celebrating the success of Singer Of The Year, Karine Polwart, […]

Dancing in the Streets

by James Garrett • March 23, 2018

OK, so we may have been premature in our forecast for the weather improving…but the clocks going forward this weekend definitely herald a new season. Honest! And as the sap begins to rise, our thoughts turn to dancing: dancing the days and nights away by the seaside at Sidmouth FolkWeek (3rd – 10th August). Grab those […]

‘In Conversation’ events with Billy Bragg and Peggy Seeger

by James Garrett • March 15, 2018

Now that the ‘Beast From The East’ has cleared off, we are turning our attention to sunnier times and warmer climes with the ‘Best Of The West’ at Sidmouth FolkWeek from 3rd – 10th August 2018. A festival with a view: nestled in majestic red cliffs and green valleys, the seaside town offers a unique setting for eight full days […]

Sidmouth Horse Trials 2018

by James Garrett • February 14, 2018

Sidmouth Horse Trials are back! An all-comers event for Hobby Horses, Unicorns, Goats, Morris animals and other Beasts of Disguise. Canter along to the Hub for a bit of horseplay. A splendid new trophy has been created and donated by Aardman Animations, home of Wallace & Gromit, Shaun The Sheep, Morph and more, to be […]

Folk Award Nominations

by James Garrett • February 8, 2018

The BBC Radio Two Folk Awards nominations were announced on 7th February and we’re pleased to be at the vanguard of taste-making in 2018, with nominated acts including Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band (Best Group/Best Album), Cara Dillon (Singer Of The Year) and Karine Polwart (Singer Of The Year/Best Album); Elephant Sessions (Best Group); […]

Roger McGough + Other Line-Up News

by James Garrett • January 30, 2018

We have some exciting new line-up announcements including an amazing pre-Festival afternoon show with iconic Merseybeat poet Roger McGough & LiTTLe MACHiNe for Thursday 2nd August – with a show of vintage, classic & surprising poems set to music – adding to the already fabulous pre-Festival shows with Fairport Convention and The Ukulele Orchestra of […]


by James Garrett • January 26, 2018

Musical children (8 years and over) who play any musical instrument are being encouraged to participate in the The Sidmouth Seaside Stompers Ceilidh Band Workshop. This gives an amazing opportunity to be part of a real ceilidh band and playing for a very special event as part of the Sidmouth FolkWeek programme. Workshops run every […]


by James Garrett • January 11, 2018

We have been approached by two of our popular fringe venues. One wants to re-energise their free evening hotel bar acoustic sessions with new hosts, playing lively music and providing opportunities for others to participate in a welcoming and accessible free entry session. We are likely to share the eight evenings between two duos or […]


by James Garrett • January 10, 2018

Some great new additions to the 2018 line-up, including solo concerts from Jim Moray and Sam Carter, and a brand new show, Living By The Sea: a vocal voyage through communities afloat and ashore featuring a passionate choir of Sidmouth townsfolk and festival goers. This show, a feast of word and song, diving between ports […]


by James Garrett • December 14, 2017

THE GARDEN STAGE AT SIDMOUTH FOLKWEEK  OFFERS YOUNG PERFORMERS THE CHANCE TO SHOW CASE THEIR TALENTS. The Garden Stage is managed through the Sidmouth FolkWeek Children’s Festival and is seeking Young Performers who would like to perform during Sidmouth FolkWeek 2018. Would you like (or do you know someone) the opportunity to perform in the […]