The 200+ workshop events programme at Sidmouth Folk Festival offers a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow in a safe and welcoming community of teachers and learners. With a huge variety, breadth and depth, the programme introduces new skills, fine-hones established talents, offers the chance to try one-off taster sessions or to commit to week-long series, and ranges from perennial favourites to exciting innovations. Many series lead to showcase performances at the end of the week.
Amongst those favourite festival regulars are SANDRA KERR with a celebratory 25th outing for the Festival Choir, PAUL SARTIN with his popular afternoon choir sessions, JOHN KIRKPATRICK with Festival Concert Band, NICK AND MARY BARBER with Big Band and KERRY FLETCHER with European Dance.
JOHN DIPPER runs more advanced fiddle workshops, KITTY GREENWOOD returns with another series of fiddle workshops for beginners and EMILY ASKEW brings us more Medieval music. workshops.
ED RENNIE returns with Absolute Beginners’ Melodeon, BOB ELLIS with Melodeon for Relative Beginners and Well-Known Tunes At A Steady Pace and SAUL ROSE with Advanced Melodeon and HAZEL ASKEW, intermediate melodeon. There’s JOHN KIRKPATRICK accordion workshops, concertina with BRIAN PETERS and JEFF WARNER, JACQUELYN HYNES’ flute workshops and new this year, Ukulele with RUSTY WRIGHT.
As well as our popular choirs, song-based series also include the return of West Gallery with MIKE BAILEY and WEST GALLERY MUSIC ASSOCIATION.
STREAM OF SOUND are back with more singing workshops for grown ups. Then there’s single workshops on a whole range of traditions. Including Irish traditional song, Gospel and Shanties and plenty of the very popular Talks.
For dancers, there’s a whole range of Folk Dance from Contra to English Country Dance and Ritual Dance from Rapper to Border Morris as well as KERRY FLETCHER leading European, Irish Set with MAGGIE DANIEL, Early Dance with HELEN RICHARDS, Scandinavian with MEGAN HATTO and Bhangra with AVTAR INDIAN DANCE. JO & SIMON HARMER return with the popular Social Stepping workshops and sessions.
Many more to come!