Plans are coming together for a memorable Online Sidmouth Folk Festival.  Central to it will be four hour ‘live’ shows from a secret location in Sidmouth on Saturday 1st August and Sunday 2nd August  5-9pm.  Hosted by Matthew Crampton and Kitty Macfarlane, the shows will feature live appearances by Steve Knightley and Jim Causley and specially recorded performances by Martin Simpson, Quebec’s Yves Lambert Trio, Jez Lowe, Talisk, Bruce Molsky from the U.S, Ewan McLennan, Jackie Oates & John Spiers, Damien Barber, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, Rosie Hood, Cohen Braithwaite- Kilcoyne, Zoe Wren and many more.

Look out for special contributions from The Spooky Men’s Chorale, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Blowzabella, Rachel Hair, Seth Lakeman and Jon Boden.

As well as the two live shows, there’s events throughout festival week. Check the programme when it goes live from Tuesday 28th July.

All events are free access with donations welcome to help secure the future of The Sidmouth Folk Festival. https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-sidmouth-folk-festival

Look out for the ever popular John Gasson Jig Competition in its usual Sunday afternoon slot,the legendary Sidmouth Folk Festival Horse Trials, Storytelling, Poetry, Mummers Plays and so much more.

Laurel Swift’s Travelling with Thomas show would have been in the Manor Pavilion but we can join Laurel for a special Online version on Monday evening 3rd August.  Look out too for a special insight into the vibrant world of Pig Dyke Molly Dancers.

Lots of activities for Children too and Shooting Roots and Stream of Sound are back with a strong Youth programme.

Sidmouth Folk Festival is renowned for its Workshop Programme and many of our favourites join the Online Festival. Sandra Kerr leads the Sidmouth Festival Choir, Paul Sartin offers his Sing Out workshop, Nick and Mary Barber lead Big Band, John Dipper gives a Fiddle Masterclass and Hazel Askew leads the Harmony Singing. Bob Ellis offers two Melodeon Workshops for Relative Beginners and two for Intermediates and leads Well-Known Tunes at a Steady Pace group sessions.

There’s specially recorded Talks including broadcaster Matthew Bannister’s hugely popular Folk on Foot. Jez Lowe talks about his two folk tradition related novels and Jack Rutter presents his History of the Guitar.

Kerry Fletcher is joined by musicians Chris Walshaw and Frances Watt for Zoom workshops on Bal Classics, Bal Variations, Breton Dances and Fandango. There’s plenty for Folk Dancerswith English Dance, American Contra, Irish Set Dance and an Introduction to Scottish Country Dance

Ilse Pedler offers Poetry events through the week and Sidmouth resident Janet Dowling leads a full programme of Storytelling.

There’s a host of videos of 2020 guests and Sidmouth favourites including Canada’s East Pointers, Centralbal from France, Home Service, Jamie Smith’s Mabon, Fara and Pete Coe.

If that’s not enough you can browse the Archive section for videos of performances in special locations around Sidmouth and plenty of unseen footage to bring back memories.

A packed programme to bring back happy memories and look forward to The Sidmouth Folk Festival 30 July – 6 August 2021!