Fishing heritage film to be screened in FolkWeek

PUBLISHED: 09:27 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:27 11 July 2017

Fisherman Stan Bagwell was filmed for the Sea Fest film Working the Sea

Fisherman Stan Bagwell was filmed for the Sea Fest film Working the Sea

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FolkWeek will this year be celebrating the town’s connections with the sea by teaming up with Sidmouth Coastal Community Hub.

The hub, organisers of Sidmouth Sea Fest, are working with festival organisers to present the Sidmouth Sea Fest Community Choir and Sidmouth Fishing Heritage Film Working the Sea at the Manor Pavilion on August 7.

Working the Sea tells the story of Sidmouth’s fishing heritage, following one resilient family, the Bagwells, from the war years onwards, through romance and tragedy. As the women in the family pick up the pieces, it also weaves contemporary users of the coast (from the lifeboat to the sailing club) into the narrative.

Ultimately, this is a story of how a mutual love and respect for the sea draws a community together. The film will be screened alongside another fishing heritage film from Easter Ross in the Scottish Highlands with a live soundtrack from renowned Scottish fiddler Duncan Chisholm in collaboration with the young Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail team. The show is a perfect collaboration highlighting the connections that exist between coastal communities.

“This stunning film - fascinating and inspiring, funny and humbling - is a powerful reminder how lucky we are on the coast,” say Coco Hodgkinson and Louise Cole, Sidmouth Coastal Community Hub directors.

The ultimate shanty crew, Fisherman’s Friends, will return to the Ham Marquee stage for an always-popular pre-festival concert on August 3, at 3pm.

Cornwall’s finest briny crew of shanty singers are back by popular demand, have no gang leader, no choir master and no holds barred.

Each and every member of this unique group are or have been fishermen, lifeboatmen and coastguards (as well as builders, artisans, hoteliers, and shop keepers) in Port Isaac. Expect rousing, upbeat songs and barrels of fun.

Support comes from the fine singer Jim Causley, a singer/accordionist who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Devon.

For details of the full line-up and events at the 63rd Sidmouth FolkWeek, recent recipients of a prestigious Blue Plaque award, visit: www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk

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