Delighting and exhausting folk dance enthusiasts for the past 20 years with their unique, exhilarating and fantastic music style
play bold arrangements of traditional and original tunes with infectious energy.
play thumpy English music with metropolitan sophistication, swing and 100% commitment to dance rhythm. Laurel Swift, Jon Brenner and Colin Cotter create a layered texture of driving rhythms and counter-melodies on fiddle, accordion, banjo and stompbox.
Celebrating 30 years in the business, nobody sounds like them and every gig is a party.
THE COMMITTEE BAND
Rising phoenix-like from the ashes, The Committee Band, first formed in January 1985, bring a wealth of dance-band experience to ensure a great night of dancing.
BLACKBEARD’S TEA PARTY
the ever-popular band bring us their distinctive brand of gutsy folk rock, with driving riffs, playful arrangements and driving dance rhythms.
OUT OF HAND
one of the most energetic, danceable bands on the UK ceilidh circuit. A young, vibrant and exciting folk-rock ceilidh band, playing trad and new tunes.
a young and energetic band playing music from a range of genres, and making a big impact on the ceilidh scene.
“A splendid disregard for musical boundaries, but …respect for English traditional music.
John Kirkpatrick marshals his family into a force of “joyful romp”-based English ceilidh dancing. Five Kirkpatricks, five Shropshire Bedlams – you have been warned! Plus The Jam and Crumpet Band, Mrs Midnight’s, The Old Chapel Band, The Jigalots and more.
Callers so far include: GORDON POTTS, NICK WALDEN, JO FREYA, BARRY GOODMAN, FEE LOCK, MARTYN HARVEY, HANNAH MOORE, MICHAEL CATOVSKY.
NEW FOR 2019 – NEW CALLERS’ SHOWCASE NIGHT
Tuesday evening at the Blackmore Gardens.
An opportunity for ceilidh callers never previously booked at Sidmouth to showcase their talents, and call with top band The Gloworms (featuring Jon Brenner, Laurel Swift & Colin Cotter.)
The evening is being organised by Sidmouth regular MC, Michael Catovsky. Dancers will get a great evening of seamless, high quality calling & music, and the chance to dance to the calls of some new faces.
Details for how to apply to be featured in this event, to gain exposure for your skills, will be released in the New Year.