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Ceilidhs

Sidmouth is proud of the range and volume of energetic, fun ceilidhs programmed in 2020, with some brilliant bands lighting up the dancefloors. Dance all day, every day with ceilidhs and dances at the welcoming Blackmore Evening Ceilidhs as well as the after-hours knees-ups at Bulverton Late Night Extras and more, at the Anchor Gardens and beyond.

A line-up of leading ceilidh bands from around the country includes:

COCK AND BULL BAND

Delighting and exhausting folk dance enthusiasts for the past 20 years with their unique, exhilarating and fantastic music style.

THE MELROSE QUINTET

Prepare yourself for one of the most memorable ceilidh bands to emerge in recent years!

THE PIGEON SWING

The Pigeon Swing plays lively traditional Québécois dance tunes with English style to get your feet really tapping.

THREEPENNY BIT

Hampshire-based eight-piece band blending traditional dance tunes and contemporary sounds, and diehard folkies with some of the finest young jazz and classical musicians in the south

KIRKOPHANY

Five Kirkpatricks playing English music for English dances in an English style. Prepare yourself for an onslaught of irresistible danceability.

URBAN FOLK THEORY

A ceilidh band playing a fusion of folk tunes and electronica for unforgettable ceilidhs.

DIATONICS

A lively and energetic band of ceilidh-hardened musicians bringing an eclectic fusion of folk dance music creating a distinct style that will ensure that the dancing will be at its best.

OUT OF HAND

Young, vibrant, energetic, 6-piece ceilidh band fast becoming a staple of the festival and ceilidh scene.

Plus BOSUN HIGGS ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE BAND, RANDOM, MRS MIDNIGHT’S, SILVER STREET CEILIDH BAND, JIGFOOT, FROG ON A BIKE, THE BARBER BAND and more.

Callers so far include: GORDON POTTS, NICK WALDEN, BARRY GOODMAN, FEE LOCK, HANNAH MOORE, EMMA WOODERS, MICHAEL CATOVSKY, JANE BIRD and CATE HAYNES.

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NEW CALLERS’ SHOWCASE NIGHT IS BACK

The New Callers’ Showcase Ceilidh, organised by MICHAEL CATOVSKY, returns to the Blackmore Gardens Marquee, following its successful launch last year. Dance to some up-and-coming callers new to Sidmouth. Watch out for some of last year’s cohort calling round the festival. Our callers demonstrate their skills with a keen and supportive crowd, dancing to the amazing DIATONICS, who provide distinctive and energetic music.  Callers’ application forms are now live here. The application form will remain open until Easter 2020, and shortly thereafter the panel will select around 8 callers to be included in the final event. Last year we had 3 times as many applicants as time would allow us to include, so we cannot guarantee a place to anyone this year.

Season Tickets available now.

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