Sat 3rd August 8pm – Dispatches on the Red Dress presented by Rowan Rheingans
In her much anticipated debut solo show, multi-instrumentalist and award-winning composer Rowan Rheingans unravels an urgent and pertinent message hidden in the folds of a true story passed down from her grandmother.
Mon 5th August 8pm – Dartmoor at the Seaside
The Dartmoor Entertainers was a late ’70s BBC TV documentary focused on the thriving Dartmoor traditional music and dance scene. Continuing this legacy are the present-day Dartmoor Entertainers who include Mark Bazeley, Jason Rice, Thomas White, Christabel White, Rob Murch, Carl Allerfeldt, Jim Causley and Bill Murray. Together they bring the full flavour of a traditional night of merrymaking on the moor.
Wed 7th August 8pm – Odysseus Dreaming presented by Mike O’Connor & Barbara Griggs
Odysseus Dreaming is the original tale of tales, a great epic that is one of the foundation stones of Western literature. Starting with texts by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil, Dante and Tennyson, crafted into a stunning performance, a mixture of powerful oral storytelling and achingly beautiful music and song.
Sun 4th August 3.30pm – “1918” – The Untold Stories of the Great War
Chris Hoban takes the listener through the war in a chronological journey of music and narrative. With special guests Sidmouth Town Band and a vocal quartet (along with a possible star visitor) the less familiar characters of World War 1 finally have their say.
Tues 6th August 3.30pm – What You Do With What You’ve Got – A Tribute to Roy Bailey
With Martin Simpson, Martin Carthy, Sandra Kerr, John Kirkpatrick, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan. For over 50 years, Roy Bailey was one of the UK Folk & Acoustic scene’s most loved and admired performers. From his early days performing skiffle in student union bars, onto developing a unique repertoire of songs of dissent and hope, he performed on stages, TV and radio all over the world.
Thurs 8th August 8pm ‘Hey in the Hay’ is an original show by Adrian Williams
Specially developed for Sidmouth, bringing to life through music, words, song and dance the rural lives depicted in the famous 18th century painting of the ‘Dixton Haymakers’, and featuring an accomplished line up of dancers and musicians.
Sun 4th August 8pm – The Road to Peterloo Presented by Pete Coe, Brian Peters and Laura Smyth.
In its bicentennial year, The Road To Peterloo tells the story of one of the most notorious incidents in British labour history – the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester in 1819 – through some of the many broadside ballads that were printed around the time of the event.
Tues 6th August 8pm – King Lear Retold
An explosive, one-woman retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear, Debs Newbold channels her love of Shakespeare’s language to whip up a great storm that will snatch you from your seat and send you hurtling into its bloody centre.
“Terrific…brilliantly igniting our imaginations” – Patrick Spottiswoode, Director of Globe Education, Shakespeare’s Globe.
Fri 9th August 7.30pm The Exmouth Shanty Men
Popular local shanty crew with international credentials return to the Manor for a rousing finale. Devon’s ‘original buoy band’ first burst on to the folk scene in 2007 and their continually growing reputation has been founded on the authenticity and integrity of their performance.
Mon 5th August 3.15pm – Ordinary Giants
A song suite performed solo and written by acclaimed songwriter Robb Johnson based on the life and times of his father, Ron Johnson. It’s a family history of the 1930s, the Second World War and the Welfare State.
Wed 7th August 3.15pm Sounds of Modern Scotland
with Iona Fyfe, Kim Carnie, Sheena Wellington, Arthur Coates. Two of Scotland’s finest young traditional singers, Iona and Kim share the bill with acclaimed tradition bearer Sheena and multi instrumentalist Arthur. Expect everything from Burns to ballads to the best of contemporary songwriting and tunes.