The Bulverton – Evening Programme

The Bulverton is party central at Sidmouth Folk Festival: a buzzing hub of activity each night from 7pm through ‘til the early hours.

Fri 2nd Aug Banter

Banter offer up songs that are barking social comment with pop beats, irony and ridiculously danceable tunes!

11.00-1.15am Late Night Extra

Tautas Roks (Caller Gordon Potts) Young, energetic band making a big impact on the ceilidh scene.

Sun 4th Aug Scottish Party night with Peatbog Faeries + OBT (Oakes, Bews, Thorpe)

Party night with the Peatbogs! Expect “powerful melodies…dextrously pumped out with a smart degree of techno attitude, while cross-rhythms ricochet over a heavy bass that hits you forcefully like a massive heart beat.”

11.00-1.15am Late Night Extra

Whapweasel (Caller Fee Lock) At the forefront of contemporary English dance music weaving colourful strands of folk, rock, ska and East European sounds into a wonderful melee that will leave no toe untapped.

Tues 6th Aug Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys + Broom Bezzums

With a reputation for a barnstorming, dynamic live show, these guys are rapidly becoming firm favourites at festivals. “One of the best folk bands on the scene.” Seth Lakeman

11.00-1.15am Late Night Extra

Out Of Hand (Caller Fee Lock) Young, vibrant and exciting folkrock ceilidh band, playing trad and new tunes.

Thurs 8th Aug Blackbeard’s Tea Party + Thom Ashworth

A whole night of dedicated 10th anniversary fun with the big, bold Yorkshire folk rockers and perennial Sidmouth favourites in an engaging, high-octane stage show.

11.00-1.15am Late Night Extra

Blackbeard’s Tea Party (Caller Gordon Potts) Part two of their special night, Blackbeard’s playful arrangements and driving dance rhythms ignite the dance floor for ceilidh dancers

Note: The Bulverton is a standing venue. There is seating in Betsy’s Lounge which is adjacent to the venue but there are no sightlines to the stage from this seating.

Sat 3rd Aug Merry Hell + Jon Wilks

Eight-piece North West folk rock band performing rousing and memorable songs, in a joyous explosion of melody, commitment and energy.

11.00-1.15am Late Night Extra

Banter (Caller Nick Walden) “Banter have opened a new chapter with their exciting take on basically English dance music.” Ashley Hutchings

Mon 5th Aug Topette!! Dance Night

Raunchy, up-all-night, joyous jugular-grabbing dance music from the Anglo-French acoustic fivepiece.

11.00-1.15am Late Night Extra

Threepenny Bit (Caller Gordon Potts) This dynamic eight-piece band play bold arrangements of traditional and original tunes with infectious stage energy.

Wed 7th Aug Seth Lakeman + Jacob & Drinkwater

No-nonsense, organic, classic folkrock approach – plus Lakeman’s trademark foot-stomping, fiddle bow-shredding and soaring vocals. Plus ‘stand out new folk’ (BBC 6 Music) Devon-based duo Jacob & Drinkwater.

11.00-1.15am Late Night Extra

The Committee Band (Caller Nick Walden) Long-established dancefloor favourites drawing primarily on English country music.

Fri 9th Aug Late Night Extra 

11.00-1.15am Late Night Extra

Kirkophany (Caller Barry Goodman) English music for English dances in an English style from five Kirkpatricks.

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