Performances by young musicians and workshops for teenage folk fans

PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 August 2018

Sidmouth folk festival 2016. Ref shs 31-16TI 5627. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth folk festival 2016. Ref shs 31-16TI 5627. Picture: Terry Ife

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FolkWeek is proud to be a showcase for the up-and-coming stars of the future

Sidmouth folk week. Ref shs 32 17TI 1263. Picture: Terry IfeSidmouth folk week. Ref shs 32 17TI 1263. Picture: Terry Ife

Keeping a firm eye on the future, the 2018 programme is jam-packed with young talent!

FolkWeek organisers are thrilled to be joined by the brilliant National Youth Folk Ensemble (NYFE) in concert, as recently heard on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.

The popular Folk Rising Plus series returns, thanks to English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).

Discover some staggeringly talented young players and singers this week, including Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, Ryan Young, Megan Wisdom, Rowan Piggott and returning 2017 favourites Alden, Patterson and Dashwood.

Youth Workshops at Sidmouth

With youth workshops run for young people by young people, Shooting Roots is a fabulous place for 12- to 17-year-olds to meet people and make new friends while developing their folk skills and adding a dash of Shooting Roots madness to Sidmouth Folk Week!

Whether you’re exploring folk for the first time or have been doing it for years, each workshop will have something in it for you.

The tutors are an assortment of talented and enthusiastic young people who you’ll see throughout the week enjoying the festival and whose job it is to make sure everyone is made to feel welcome in our fun, friendly and inclusive workshops.

All our participants have the opportunity to take part in our Friday showcase and dance out – a fantastic way to end a fun and intense week!

This year there is an exciting array of youth workshops and performances around the festival, from our friends Stream Of Sound, to NYFE, and Feis Rois and more.

So take your friends, your ideas or simply yourself!

This is your chance to make Sidmouth your own, and join together with other young people for a week of folky fun which keeps dozens of participants coming back year after year.


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