The Ham is our centrepiece hi-spec venue for three top drawer headline concerts each day at the festival. The final line up for evening and afternoon concerts will be announced early in the New Year but a sneak preview of the impressive line-up for evening Ham concerts include:
EDDI READER – LIVE IN CONCERT
One of Scotland’s greatest living female voices, Eddi celebrates her 40th year on stage in 2020. From her earliest years playing the folk clubs of western Scotland, and onto her successful solo career, Eddi has released consistently great works, including highly acclaimed albums such as last year’s ‘Cavalier’. Eddi has won Brit Awards, been awarded four honorary degrees, an MBE, sung to millions on some of the world’s greatest concert and festival stages and collaborated with a host of stars across a myriad of genres. This ‘40 Years Live’ concert promise to be something very special.
SHOW OF HANDS
Festival Patrons Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, two undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene, have reunited with long-term collaborator, bass and vocal queen Miranda Sykes and been joined by master percussionist Cormac Byrne.
There’s no doubt that Show of Hands the four-piece, now something of a supergroup, and their combined musicianship is guaranteed to sound nothing short of magical. Steve says, “With the heartbeat and harmonies that Cormac and Miranda add, we are at last creating a sound we’ve dreamed of making for twenty-five years!”.
Home Service make a popular return to the festival, with the mighty John Tams back at the helm. Originally formed from the nucleus of the Albion Band line-up that produced the classic Rise Up Like the Sun album, song-maker John Tams has re-enlisted alongside John Kirkpatrick as joint front man and lead vocalist.
There are even rumours of the band going back into the studio before long. Expect to be blown away by their sheer might, grace and grandeur.
THE EAST POINTERS
JUNO Award winning Canadian trio The East Pointers play modern folk with Billboard-worthy pop hooks, deep acoustic groove, trance-like trad breakdowns and three-part harmonies, Tim Chaisson (vocals/fiddle/percussion), Koady Chaisson (banjo/tenor guitar/moog) and Jake Charron(guitar/keyboards), capture the furious energy of their live shows and push the boundaries of East Coast folk.
Granny’s Attic – Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) – kick off this year’s festival, picking up from where they left off on last year’s final concert. The folk trio play from the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians, fine singers and play a range of English, Irish and Scottish traditional music as well as their own compositions.
JON BODEN & THE REMNANT KINGS
Sheffield-based folk outlier brings us material from his latest album Rose In June which captures Boden’s inimitable folk storytelling backed by trusted band The Remnant Kings. Live favourites have all been lovingly rendered here, constantly evolving on the road as they were performed by a rotating cast of members, including trad. songs Seven Bonnie Gypsies and Rigs of the Time alongside Boden’s own arrangements Leviathan/Tombola and Going Down To The Wasteland and covers including Sweet Thames Flow Softly and Hounds of Love.
ELIZA CARTHY & RESTITUTE LIVE
Eliza Carthy needs little introduction to Sidmouth audiences having appeared with various line ups over the years; Describing herself simply as a “modern English musician”, Eliza is one of the most recognisable faces of the English folk revival, a multi-award winning singer, songwriter and musician from a formidable English music dynasty.
Restitute, her first “solo” album of traditional music in 14 years is literally a homely affair, recorded as it was at Eliza’s home in the picturesque Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire. For Restitute Live, Eliza is joined by Ben Seal, Ben Somers, Willy Molleson and David Delarre.
YVES LAMBERT TRIO
Yves Lambert is a charismatic and dynamic musician, with serious pedigree in the world of Quebecois folk music.
As well as being a founder member of the influential La Bottine Souriante, Yves has been a driving force in giving traditional music the place that it deserves beyond the Quebec and Canadian borders, and now continues to pursue this adventure with his Yves Lambert Trio. Expect musical fireworks!
JACKIE OATES & JOHN SPIERS
A duo bringing together two serious forces in the contemporary folk scene. Jackie Oates is synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk. Her mellifluous voice, plaintive fiddle and tantalizing approach to traditional songs has gained her several BBC Folk Awards. John Spiers has made a name for himself as one of the leading melodeon players of his generation.
Tim Edey is one of the world’s finest guitarists and melodeon players – he also plays a variety of instruments to an astonishing level including piano, banjo and whistles. Tim’s live solo shows are a stunning mix of world music inspired instrumental virtuosity and passion. Above all Tim is a highly entertaining musical genius. He was BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year 2012 at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Ham Evening Lineup:
Fri 31 Jul – Jackie Oates & John Spiers + Granny’s Attic
Sat 1 Aug – Home Service + Rowan Godel
Sun 2 Aug – Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes and Cormac Byrne
Mon 3 Aug – Eliza Carthy Restitute Live + Jack Rutter
Tues 4 Aug – Yves Lambert Trio + Teilhard Frost
Wed 5 Aug Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings
Thurs 6 Aug – Eddi Reader
Fri 7 Aug – The East Pointers + Tim Edey