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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.

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

NEW CALLERS’ SHOWCASE NIGHT IS BACK

The popular New Callers’ Showcase Ceilidh returns to the Blackmore Gardens Marquee. Dance to some up-and-coming callers new to Sidmouth.  Callers’ application forms go online in the spring – watch the festival’s social media feeds for details.