Folk stars return to Sidmouth

SIDMOUTH Folk Festival returns for the 68th celebration of international folk music and dance, from 29th July to 5th August, filling the seafront, streets and venues of this historic Devon town with some of the finest folk performers from Britain and around the world.

Look out for Kate Rusby, The Spooky Men’s Chorale, Eddi Reader and Spiers and Boden, among the many names playing at the various venues over the eight-day festival.

Proudly championing traditional music, dance and song since 1955, Sidmouth Folk Festival returns to a full live festival this year, continuing to build on its many years of success, celebrating tradition in all its many forms, including the rich diversity of folk arts in the UK, from the grass roots to the cutting edge.

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It’s the diversity and community spirit that sets Sidmouth apart from other festivals – it has, as it says, “an ear to the past and an eye on the future … steeped in tradition … but not in a stuffy way.”

There is a community atmosphere that makes Sidmouth special, from songs and tunes on the bus, busking in the bus shelter and rapper dances in local bars to concerts with some of the biggest names in contemporary folk. The long list of performers includes at least 12 morris, molly and rapper sides from across the UK.

Other performers this year include Fisherman’s Friends, Steeleye Span, Irish duo Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly, future folk stars Brìghde Chaimbeul, Jack Rutter, Rosie Hood and Cohen Braithwaite–Kilcoyne, party bands and festival favourites Peatbog Faeries, Edward II and Sheelanagig, the brilliant singer-songwriter Grace Petrie, French dance band Centralbal and the wall of sound that is Blowzabella (pictured).