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Small Stages: Big Heart

The Sidmouth Folk Festival has a wide range of smaller venues offering the opportunity to see many festival guests on concerts stages in a more intimate setting.

CELLAR FULL OF FOLKADELIA

Eugenia Georgieva

Originally inspired and co-curated by Ian Anderson and fRoots magazine (whose legacy lives on with Podwireless Radio), we welcome FOLK RADIO UK, our media partner as co-curators of the extended series continuing to open the door on a new world of possibilities inspired by tradition. The popular Cellar Full of Folkadelia afternoon sessions opens the door on a new world of possibilities inspired by tradition. For 2022, early guest confirmations include:

EUGENIA GEORGIEVA

Eugenia Georgieva is a stand-out Bulgarian-born folk singer, performer and choir director. She is a singer of a deep, abounding grace. Inspired by the traditional music of her homeland, she has delved deep into Bulgarian music, but also old songs from Macedonia, Russia and other Slavic countries.

OLCAY BAHIR

Described as “one of the finest, most intriguing singers on the British world music scene” (Guardian) with “a heart-stoppingly beautiful and emotive voice” (Rock n’ Reel Magazine), Olcay Bayir performs ancient folk poems and original songs in Turkish, Kurdish, and Armenian, reflecting her Anatolian heritage.

N’FAMADY KOUYATÉ

N’famady Kouyaté is an energetic young master balafon player, the traditional wooden xylophone sacred to West African culture and his griot heritage, from Guinea (Conakry). Relocating to Cardiff in 2019, the talented multi-instrumentalist has wowed audiences across the UK and Ireland over the past few years, with his modern interpretations of traditional Mandingue songs and rhythms, supporting Welsh musician Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals).

BEN PALEY

Ben Paley is a talented fiddle player. Surrounded by traditional music from the outset, his father Tom Paley, one of the great figures of the American folk revival, is amongst his many significant influences. His fiddle playing is inspired by old-time American music, Swedish traditions and beyond and he has played in numerous bands and with numerous collaborators from many genres.

ANGELINE MORRISON

Angeline Morrison is a vocalist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and morris dancer based in Cornwall, who believes in the inherent beauty of sad songs, and who draws inspiration from the little things in nature that often go unnoticed. Angeline’s homespun sonic aesthetic, deeply emotive writing and layered vocal harmonies are all stitched together to make small, tender, often dark stories in song.

EFDSS PRESENTS

The Wilderness Yet

The English Folk Dance and Song Society continue to co-curate a concert series; EFDSS PRESENTS features established and emerging young performers including GEORGE SANSOME, THE SHACKLETON TRIO, THE WILDERNESS YET, SUTHERING, JACK HOGSDEN and HOLLY CLARKE.

MANOR PAVILION

FRAMED: The Story of Alice Wheeldon

The Manor Pavilion is the traditional theatre venue for a number of special shows through the week. So far confirmed are:

FIELD AND DYKE

Danny Pedler & Greg Russell bring is their Field & Dyke project; combining traditional music with the sounds of industry. Grown out of an oral history research project conducted by Danny, the music incorporates samples of dialogue and factory machine rhythms. These innovative music making techniques create songs that explore folk music as a vehicle to communicate the feeling behind the social and cultural themes present in 21st century England.

FRAMED: The Story of Alice Wheeldon

A folk music and song show written and performed by Moirai (Jo Freya, Sarah Matthews and Mel Biggs). Alice Wheeldon, well known & respected in Derby, was a feisty, principled working woman from a free-thinking family, who supported women’s suffrage and emancipation, social justice and was opposed to war. At the onset of WW1, Alice and her family were framed for plotting to poison Prime Minister David Lloyd George. A 100-year old tale of fake news, family values and activism which remains relevant in our turbulent modern world.

JIM CAUSLEY presents The Cream of Devon with a selection of singers and musicians from his home county.

TRADITIONAL NIGHTS

Matt Cranitch & Jackie Daly

Traditional Nights Out return hosted by John Howson and Dan Quinn. Guests so far include MATT CRANITCH & JACKIE DALY, BELINDA KEMPSTER & FRAN FOOTE, MIKE WILSON, FRANKIE ARMSTRONG, NICK DOW, DAVID JONES, MEGAN WISDOM, RON TAYLOR & MOIRA CRAIG, RACKER DONNELLY and GEMMA KHAWAJA.

BOB and GILL BERRY will be back to host Folk Arts Acoustic with plenty of opportunities to sing, say and play.

STORYTELLING 

Katy Cawkwell

Storytelling is an integral part of The Sidmouth Folk Festival. This year we welcome Katy Cawkwell with performances of Artemis: The Wild Within and Iron Teeth, Eaten Heart. Expect special shows, workshops, Story Circles and Late Night Stories.

Poetry sessions are back with Ilse Pedler in the Royal Glen Hotel.