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, afternoon and lunchtime concerts is now confirmed. You can purchase season tickets now and individual event tickets will be available in early May:
FRIDAY 31ST JULY
JACKIE OATES & JOHN SPIERS + Granny’s Attic
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.
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 a range of English, Irish and Scottish traditional music as well as their own compositions.
SUNDAY 2ND AUGUST
SHOW OF HANDS + Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
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!”.
Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are an acoustic duo that sound classically timeless, yet their music is unique. Since emerging in 2016, the duo recorded two studio albums, Before the Sun (2016) and Awake (2018), produced by award winning producer David Travers-Smith in Toronto. Both albums have gathered praise for the craft and skill of their musical writing and arranging.
TUESDAY 4TH AUGUST
YVES LAMBERT TRIO + Teilhard Frost
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!
Outstanding Canadian multi-instrumentalist and instrument maker, Teilhard Frost specialises in traditional Appalachian old time music. The songs have strong ties to the British Isles while the fiddle tunes draw on ancient Scandinavian and northern Scottish modal settings and tunings, conjuring a feeling of mystery and drama.
THURSDAY 6TH AUGUST
EDDI READER + Westward The Light
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.
Westward The Light are: Charlie Grey, Sally Simpson, Owen Sinclair and Joseph Peach. The band formed as a result of years of collaboration in a range of settings. Westward The Light is a vessel that brings together an expansive knowledge of Scottish folk music and culture, creating a new expression of an age-old sound. On fiddle, viola, vocals, piano, and guitar, the quartet’s music is reflective of upbringings immersed in the nature and landscapes of Scotland.
SATURDAY 1ST AUGUST
HOME SERVICE + Rowan Godel
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.
Following her appearance in the hugely successful touring folk opera “Rouse Ye Women”, former Oysterband and Levellers collaborator, Rowan Godel brings us her own unique music along with some traditional songs. “Rowan is simply one of the best singers I have ever worked with.“ John Jones (Oysterband)
MONDAY 3RD AUGUST
ELIZA CARTHY RESTITUTE LIVE + Jack Rutter
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.
Jack Rutter is a highly respected folk singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist from West Yorkshire. He is currently touring his second solo album Gold of Shale relased back in October. ‘In the spirit of the old traditional singers, Jack Rutter takes a song, shapes it, lives with it and brings out something unique. This album makes my heart sing.’- Kathryn Tickell
WEDNESDAY 5TH AUGUST
JON BODEN & THE REMNANT KINGS + Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy
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.
Originally paired for a 2 and half week tour of Europe, their musical chemistry between Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy was apparent from the outset. From snappy strathspeys to heartfelt airs, from rip-roaring reels to chirpy jigs – they are the perfect synthesis of the modern and the traditional. “Ron’s guitar provides exhilarating adrenaline to the quick shower of sparks coming from Rachel’s harp.”
FRIDAY 7TH AUGUST
THE EAST POINTERS + Tim Edey
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.
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.