Sidmouth FolkWeek - Devon's finest become Festival Patrons
Ticket sales are surging ahead for Sidmouth FolkWeek 2nd – 9th August 2013. The very thought of blue skies and summer fun at the seaside has seen a big increase in early birds making the most of best value ticket deals before 31st March 2013 for the family festival event of the summer.
What's all the excitement about? We'll tell you! We are delighted to announce Show of Hands - the country's most popular roots duo and Devon's proudest musical export - return to this year's festival as new Patrons of Sidmouth FolkWeek alongside the mighty Martin Carthy MBE. We do keep the best company!
They will be showcasing some of their favourite material, including songs from their latest studio album Wake The Union which balances the English and North American influences which lie at the heart of the duo's sound.
As well as Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes, highlights of the evening shows at our main festival concert stage, The Ham Marquee include: one of the most enduring and influential artists in British folk music Maddy Prior with Hannah James and Giles Lewin; the breathtaking Flook in a rare appearance the enigmatic presence that is The Spooky Men's Chorale and Celtic giants Capercaillie.
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Afternoon shows feature legends of the folk scene alongside legends-in-the-making: the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning Nic Jones Trio; Blowzabella, celebrating 35 years at the helm of European dance music and the combined forces of two inimitable traditional bearers Eliza Carthy and Tim Eriksen.
Expect high-energy music and a beautifully bedecked Festival Clubhouse at The Bulverton Marquee with: the best band ever Lau (they have a recent BBC award saying so!); the big-hearted Celtic fusionistas Peatbog Faeries; trailblazers Blowzabella; the joyful Jaipur Kawa Brass Band with their vibrant celebratory sounds from Rajasthan and the newly reborn The Albion Band.
The ALL NEW Children's Festival
2013 promises many new faces, new events and a brand new family ticket offer! Buy an Adult ticket and pay for one Child or Youth, and get the next Child Ticket FREE (a saving up to £76!)
New children's festival producers Bev & Ray Langton are at the helm for an action-packed week for all ages at Blackmore Gardens – kicking off on the first Saturday.
New this year... a complete week of special Family Evening Shows with great acts including The Da Silva Marionette Circus Troupe presented by the Noisy Oyster Theatre; The Jellyvision Show with Snapshot Productions and a Spooky Men's Chorale Family Concert and an amazing Family Ceilidh with The Sidmouth Seaside Stompers.
There's an amazing array of workshops, story sessions, showcase events and much, much more…See website for details.
Social Dance Highlights
Social Dance Programme builds its definitive presence at the festival. Special Dance Nights run throughout the week at the custom-built Stowford Rise Community Centre as well nightly in-town dances, morning workshops in Blackmore Gardens and a range of town based workshops through the week.
Cutting edge ceilidh culture and rare vintage sounds are featured each day at the lively Blackmore Evening Ceilidhs and the Bulverton Late Night Extras. See the website for details of booked bands and callers.
Sidmouth FolkWeek is unrivalled in the breadth and depth of the workshops on offer for singers, musicians and dancers - with a warm welcome for both the greenest of novices to masters in their art. Expect old favourites and special surprises.
Folks from 12-25 are welcome to come along with ideas, skills, instruments and inspiration for the Shooting Roots workshops and end of week showcase. www.shootingroots.org
The Best Of Traditional Dance On Show
So much to see here, it's hard to know where to start… colourful Dance Displays, Processions, Meet The Teams events, Showcases, the legendary Jig Competition and a wealth of workshops covering Rapper, Longsword, Molly, Clog, Cotswold, Border and North West Morris and Appalachian Dance...as well as the informal street displays. Morris Wednesday at the Bulverton Marquee sees the celebratory final-ever performance by Morris Offspring.
Booking Info & Ticket Offers
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The festival aims to help people access the festival, whatever your budget, with tailored discount incentives.
Book online now! Early Bird deals available until 31st March 2013 for all Season Tickets. Still no booking fee.
NEW FOR 2013 Family Ticket Offer: Buy at least one Adult ticket and pay for one Youth (12-17) or Child (7-11) and the next Child ticket is FREE
Youth Concession (12-17) - 50% off
Child Concession (7-11) - approx 75% off
Under 7s – FREE
Student Concession (18-24): 20% off the Adult price for both students and unpaid interns aged between 18 and 24
Ages as on Aug 2nd 2013.
Book by 'phone 01395 577952