Are you ready for some festive Sidmouth joy to lift the spirits? Though we can’t all join together this coming week by the seaside, we do have plenty to entertain you all online, a reminder of many happy memories whilst we look forward to the first week of August 2021.

The site goes on live at 5pm on Tuesday 28th July for workshop registration. Videos will be available from 9am Saturday 1st August until midnight Friday 7th August.
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The Sidmouth Folk Festival Online Live
Saturday 1st August 5-9pm and Sunday 2nd August 5-9pm

Kitty Macfarlane and Matthew Crampton will host live shows from a secret location in Sidmouth, introducing some amazing exclusive recorded sets  from Martin Simpson, Bruce Molsky, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, Jez Lowe, Jackie Oates  & John Spiers, Rosie Hood & Tom Wright, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, Christina Alden & Alex Patterson as well as some very special contributions from Blowzabella, The Magpie Arc, Talisk, Quebec’s Yves Lambert Trio, Jon Boden, Seth Lakeman, Ralph McTell, Paul Sartin, Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy, Chipping Campden Morris Men and Leominster Morris.  
The Festival Goes On!

Exclusive videos from more 2020 guests – including Ewan McLennan, Jack Rutter, Zoe Wren, Saul Rose, George Sansome, Pig Dyke Molly, Brighde Chaimbeul and Damien Barber – will be available all week along with a special Meet The Artist event with Nancy Kerr and James Fagan; an exclusive Folk on Foot presentation; plenty more videos featuring 2020 booked artists including The Spooky Men’s Chorale and a rich archive of Sidmouth Folk Festival favourites.
Sidmouth Folk Festival is renowned for its wealth of Workshops. This year is so different in many ways but there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved.

There are also some great specially created Presentations, including an exclusive Folk on Foot Talk: ‘Before, During and Just After The Lockdown’ presented by broadcaster Matthew Bannister; Jez Lowe talking about his two Novels and Jack Rutter presenting his History of the Guitar.
Singers can join Sandra Kerr’s Festival Choir, Paul Sartin’s Sing Out (Catch Paul on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row tomorrow night for more info!) and Hazel Askew’s Harmony Workshop.

For instrumentalists, Nick and Mary Barber lead their Big Band series, Bob Ellis offers his popular Well Known Tunes at a Steady Pace and Melodeon workshops and there’s fiddle workshops with John Dipper and Sarah Matthews. 

Kerry Fletcher is with us for Bal Basics and Variations, Fandango and Breton Dances; there’s a Step and Clog Dance Meet Up and Gareth Kiddier has co-ordinated a programme of English Country Dance, Irish Set Dance, American Contra and Scottish Country Dancing.
Sidmouth resident Janet Dowling hosts a series of Storytelling events and Ilse Pedler brings us plenty of Poetry opportunities.

Shooting Roots are with us with a wealth of Youth workshops along with the ever popular Stream of Sound.

Dance Display is always a huge part of every Sidmouth Festival and this year is no exception. There’s the legendary John Gasson Jig Competition; contributions in the live shows from Chipping Campden Morris Men and Leominster Morris; a very special Chance to Meet Pig Dyke Morris; the unforgettable Sidmouth Horse Trials and plenty of Mummers. And don’t miss Laurel Swift’s Travelling with Thomas.

The Children’s Festival is delighted to offer a collection of workshops which can be enjoyed by children and families together. Take your pick from music, craft, singing to dancing: a veritable feast of things to keep everyone happy and occupied during the usual festival week.
The 2020 Sidmouth Folk Festival Online is being streamed on YouTube and at the main event site

Please be wary of scams asking you to pay to view Online festivals. This is a free festival and requires no payment to watch. All other links are unofficial and should not be used.

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Please share the online festival link far and wide as we’d love a large national and international audience for this special event.  

Thanks for all your support. We look forward to being with you Online and in Sidmouth next year 30 July – 6th August 2021.