Ideas and highlights of FolkWeek Saturday August 4

Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes performing at last year's Folk Week.Picture: Paul Strange

Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes performing at last year's Folk Week.Picture: Paul Strange - Credit: Paul Strange

The weekend is here, and Folk Week is getting into its stride. Here are a few suggestions for Saturday:

Border Morris Workshop, Bulverton Marquee, 9.30am. Where better than Sidmouth Folk Week to learn a couple of traditional Morris dances? Or, if you’re a musician, come and play along. If possible, bring a stick! There is also an in-depth music and dance workshop on ‘Transforming Listening Into Dancing’ also starting at 9.30 at the Methodist Church Hall.

There are a wealth of music events to choose from on Saturday: a starting point could be the Opening Welcome Concert at the Ham Marquee at 11.30, featuring multi-instrumentalist Pete Coe, Halsway Young Folk, and contemporary Morris troupe The Outside Capering Crew.

Anyone entranced by the stately formal dances featured in Jane Austen adaptations might like to find out what it’s like taking part, at a Jane Austen Dance workshop exploring the music, styling and social etiquette of the Regency ballroom. It is at the Methodist Church hall at 3.50pm,

For family entertainment, head for the All Saints Church Hall at 7pm, for Funny Business by Circus Berzercus.

You may also want to watch:

The headline act at the Ham Marquee needs no introduction: an evening with Folk Week patrons Show of Hands plus support, begins at 8pm.

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