Packed programme ahead for FolkWeek 2015
- Credit: Archant
And we’re off… The sun is shining as the clans gather for the summer holiday festival of 2015 and Sidmouth FolkWeek gets underway.
The beautiful pure-voiced Kate Rusby and her wonderful band kicked off the festival in style last night at The Ham to a full house, and this afternoon’s Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends pre-festival concert at 3.15pm has created a real buzz, now down to just a few on-door ticket sales, subject to availability.
If visitors can only make it down for the first weekend, there is plenty to keep them busy. Evening events at The Ham, our main concert venue, are selling very fast so it’s worth booking right now to save disappointment for some wonderful names, including: The Poozies (Fri) and Altan (Sat). Local heroes and Festival Patrons Show Of Hands on Sunday night are now off advance sales, but some on door sales will still be available on the night, subject to space. Roots parties at The Bulverton include the amazing new hip-hop/folk crossover show from Demon Barbers XL (Fri), Skye’s livewire Peatbog Faeries (Sat); and the great fun Silent School Disco (Sun).
For those who can only join us for an evening one the day next week, there is plenty to choose from. Amongst the amazing evening concerts at the Ham at 8pm are: Vin Garbutt (Mon); Mara! and and Blowzabella (Tues); Julie Fowlis (Thurs) and Faustus (Fri). Spooky Men’s Chorale on Wednesday are now off advance sales, but some on door sales will still be available on the night, subject to space. The roots parties continue apace at the Bulverton with a special fRoots Acoustic Night with Spiro, Telling The Bees and Amadou Diagne (Tues); Tantz and Coco & The Butterfields (Mon); Edward II (Thurs) and Topette (Fri).
These main headline shows represent just a snapshot of some of the events taking place throughout the 8-day festival. In total, the festival has 700+ events in venues throughout the town: from major concert venues to small, intimate pub sessions, ceilidhs, folk dance, storytelling, dance displays, processions, workshops…and beyond.
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The streets, seafront and venues of Sidmouth are bursting with colour and festive atmosphere as music, dance and song and happy festival visitors fill the town. All are welcome to join us for a wonderful week of fun and musical adventures.
A taster of what’s on each day….
- 1 Thousands of washed up fish provide easy pickings for fishermen and gulls
- 2 Community rally around pensioner in hour of need
- 3 Dan's retail vision provides timely food for thought
- 4 How Devon are you? Take our quiz
- 5 Month of the dead is a time to remember loved ones
- 6 Fundraiser makes brief stop on charity trek
- 7 Photo competition will capture the town's important moments
- 8 Good vibrations will be felt as the boys return to the beach
- 9 Band are back... and music lovers brave rain to enjoy show
- 10 Concerns expressed over latest plans for Sidford Business Park
Pre-festival Special Concert: Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends 3.15pm
The Demon Barbers XL ~ The Poozies ~ Steve Tilston
Ewan McLennan Trio ~ Harp and a Monkey
Jeff Warner ~ Hekety ~ Ceilidhography ~ A New Vintage
Altan ~ Peatbog Faeries ~ The Wilson Family ~ Pete Morton
Tim Eriksen ~ Keston Cobblers Club ~ Steamchicken ~ Ewan McLennan
Hekety ~ The Askew Sisters ~ Moirai ~ Barluath
Show of Hands ~ Emily Smith ~ John Kirkpatrick
Britannia Coco-nut Dancers of Bacup
Silent School Disco and Ceilidh ~ The Wilson Famiy ~ Whapweasel
Tim Eriksen ~ Mawkin ~ Stick in the Wheel
The James Brothers ~ The Askew Sisters
Vin Garbutt ~ Blowzabella ~ Nancy Kerr & The Sweet Visitor Band
Lynched ~ The Devil’s Interval ~ Ange Hardy
Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra ~ Tantz
Coco and the Butterfields ~ Heg & The Wolf Chorus
James Delarre & Saul Rose ~ Whapweasel ~ Debs Newbold
Blowzabella ~ Andy Irvine ~ Mara! ~ Spiro
Emily Portman Trio ~ Tashi Lhunpo Tibetan Monks
Lynched ~ Twelfth Day ~ Amadou Diagne ~ PolkaWorks
Telling The Bees ~ Gavin Davenport Band ~ The Discussion Topic
Moore Moss Rutter ~ Maz O’Connor
The Spooky Men’s Chorale ~ Chris Smither ~ The Mara Band ~ Martin Carthy
Martha Tilston ~ John Kirkpatrick ~ Jimmy Crowley ~ Rachel Newton
PolkaWorks ~ Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar ~
Mischa Macpherson ~ Alma ~ Sandra Kerr
Julie Fowlis ~ Edward II ~ Martin Carthy & John Kirkpatrick
Leveret ~ Alistair Anderson ~ Andy May Trio ~ PolkaWorks
Simon Care Trio ~ Jimmy Crowley ~ Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
Faustus ~ Jackie Oates ~ Topette ~ Alistair Anderson
Jimmy Crowley ~ Jeff Warner ~ Andy May Trio
Gavin Davenport ~ Alma ~ Liam Robinson Band
Exmouth Shanty Men ~ Vertical Expression ~ Random