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Ceilidhs 

Sidmouth has a great range and volume of fun, energetic ceilidhs programmed in 2022, 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:

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

THE PIGEON SWING plays lively traditional Québécois dance tunes with English style to get your feet really tapping.

COCK AND BULL BAND: delighting folk dance enthusiasts for the past 20 years with their unique, exhilarating musical style.

THE MELROSE CEILIDH BAND: a ceilidh with a difference, as the renowned outfit use singing as well as instruments for dancing to great effect.

URBAN FOLK THEORY: playing a fusion of folk tunes and electronica for unforgettable ceilidhs.

DIATONICS: a lively band of ceilidh-hardened musicians bringing an eclectic fusion of folk dance music.

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

Plus THREEPENNY BIT, LASAIR, STEAMCHICKEN, JIGFOOT, BOSUN HIGGS ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE BAND, RANDOM, MRS MIDNIGHT’S, FROG ON A BIKE, THE BARBER BAND and more.

The Pigeon Swing

NEW CALLERS’ SHOWCASE

Tuesday evening 2nd August 2022 at the Blackmore Gardens, 7.30pm

An opportunity for ceilidh callers never previously booked at Sidmouth to showcase their talents, and call with top band Out of Hand

This year Shooting Roots will be MCing the event, building on the wonderful work of Michael Catovsky in previous years. We’re really excited to bring a varied and refreshing evening of dancing to the calls of some new faces, as well as offering an fantastic opportunity for up-and-coming callers to get experience at a major UK folk festival.

To apply to be featured in this event please complete the application form.