Sidmouth FolkWeek - concerts for all tastes

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 August 2009 | UPDATED: 09:50 18 June 2010

Quite apart from the evening concerts every day at the Ham Marquee, there are also lunchtime and afternoon concerts there as well. Plus the Manor Pavilion, Bedford Hotel and Woodlands Hotel offer more intimate surroundings to hear some top names in folk music

Quite apart from the evening concerts every day at the Ham Marquee, there are also lunchtime and afternoon concerts there as well. Plus the Manor Pavilion, Bedford Hotel and Woodlands Hotel offer more intimate surroundings to hear some top names in folk music.

The Ham Lunchtime Sessions: 12 noon every day - tickets available on the door

Saturday: The Opening Welcome Concert with youth music band, Dyer Cummings; local song group The Claque, Sussex teenage singers and musicians Matt Quinn and Tom Moore, songwriter George Papavgeris and the Tanec Bulgarian Dance Group.

Sunday: The London Bulgarian Choir. Amazing vocal techniques.

Monday: Oysterband's John Jones talks about and sings songs from his new solo CD.

Tuesday: Simon Care and friends. Melodeon maestro with Edward II, Whapweasel, Tickled Pink and the Moulton Morris Men enjoys an informal musical lunchtime.

Wednesday: The Big Spooky Thing with The Spooky Men's Chorale. Ah - what surprises are there in store from these hilarious Antipodian singers?

Thursday: Mawkin:Causley. Devon singer meets Essex musicians. Traditional songs and tunes.

Friday: Folk against Fascism. The launch of a new campaign. With Eliza Carthy, Jon Boden, Paul Sartin and a few surprises.

The Ham Marquee Afternoon Concerts: 2.30 - 4.30pm every day.

Advance tickets available from the Festival Box Office near the Ham Marquee. 01395 577952. Tickets also available on the door.

Saturday: Faustus (traditional song and music trio) and Spinndrift (five-piece young band from the Newcastle folk degree course).

Sunday: Hotel Palindrone (Austrian folk/roots band) and Blabbermouth (country and soul influenced folk music).

Monday: Genticorum (French-Canadian music and song) and Rocas (young seven-piece song and instrumental band).

Tuesday: Wheeler Street (Kent band of singers and musicians - barely out of their teens) and The Fay Hield Trio (ex-Witches of Elswick singer Fay is joined by Bellowhead's Jon Boden and Sam Sweeney for traditional songs).

Wednesday: Spiers and Boden (award winning duo at the top of their game) and Blackthorn Band (song and instrumental group).

Thursday: Crucible (Sheffield harmony and music band) and Meridian (trio of singers and musicians playing original arrangements).

Friday: Eric Bogle & John Munro (Australian singer-songwriter on his farewell tour of the UK, famous for The Green Fields of France and other classic modern songs) and Pete Coe (Cheerful Cheshire singer and melodeon player now domiciled in West Yorkshire).

All afternoon concerts in the Ham Marquee are sponsored by Hobgoblin Music.

Manor Pavilion Concerts

The Manor Pavilion hosts concerts every afternoon and evening. Amongst the concerts to particularly look out for are:

Saturday: A Most Sunshiny Day - Shirley Collins' acclaimed show about traditional music (2.30pm).

Sunday: The Beggar's Opera: a modern production of John Gay's ballad opera, presented by Stream of Sound (2.30pm).

Monday: A Tribute to Peter Bellamy, with Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson, Eliza Carthy, Jon Boden, Mike Wilson and Damien Barber (2.30pm). The Lark Rise Band (8pm).

Tuesday: Newcastle University Folk Degree Student Showcase (2.30pm). Traditional Concert (8pm).

Wednesday: The Axford 5 - songs from a Hampshire village (2.30pm). Sisters Unlimited (8pm).

Thursday: The Navvy's Wife - a modern ballad opera on a traditional theme (2.30pm).

Friday: Turning the leaves, seasonal songs and stories with taffy Thomas and sandra Kerr (2.30pm). Concert with New Deal String Band and sara Grey & Kieron means (7.30pm).


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