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Festival Archive

This is the place to find lots of videos to bring back happy memories of past festivals and look forward to future years. There’s lots of videos of artists filmed in special locations around Sidmouth during the festival in recent years, by Tim Chipping. Catch up with your favourites. And plenty from around the festival, courtesy of Kyle Baker and Paul Tully.

Kitty Macfarlane - Go Your Way live at Sidmouth Folk Festival 2019

The Anne Briggs song Go Your Way sung by Kitty Macfarlane in a duet with the Sidmouth waves. A studio version of this track can be heard on Vision & Revision - The First 80 Years Of Topic Records.

Mama's Broke - What Can May Come live at Sidmouth Folk Festival 2019

Making their festival debut, Canadian duo Mama's Broke played us a song from their album Count The Wicked in one of Sidmouth's iconic seafront shelters. The fiddlesticks were obtained from the Thai food stall across the street.

Gwenifer Raymond - Idumea live at Sidmouth Folk Festival 2019

A tune from Welsh multi-instrumentalist Gwenifer's album You Never Were Much Of A Dancer, filmed mere seconds after she arrived for her first ever appearance at Sidmouth.

Iona Fyfe - Mill o’ Tifty’s Annie live at Sidmouth Folk Festival 2019

Scots Singer of the Year Iona Fyfe with her version of Mill o’ Tifty’s Annie (AKA Andrew Lammie) filmed just before a barnstorming performance at this year's festival.

Rowan Rheingans - Sorrow live at Sidmouth Folk Festival 2019

Here's Rowan Rheingans singing Sorrow from her new album The Lines We Draw Together, filmed the day after her performance at this year's festival.

Brian Finnegan (Flook) - Rounding Malin Head live at Sidmouth Folk Festival

Just before the long awaited return of Flook to Sidmouth Folk Festival, Brian Finnegan was kind enough to let us film him playing the Zoe Conway tune, Rounding Malin Head.

Kim Carnie - She Moves Me live at Sidmouth Folk Festival

A heartfelt original song from Kim Carnie, backed by Innes White, filmed during The Sidmouth Folk Festival 2019. Originally from Oban, Kim is also a familiar face on Scottish television. She performed several times at the festival, both in her own right and as part of the Sounds Of Modern Scotland programme.

Julie Fowlis - Òran an Ròin live at Sidmouth Folk Festival

Recorded specially for The Sidmouth Folk Festival, an unaccompanied Gaelic seal song from Julie Fowlis who, along with her incredible band gave a career-best performance on The Ham stage at this year's event.

Ye Vagabonds - Tuirse Mo Chroí

There were many exciting discoveries at Sidmouth FolkWeek this year. Causing quite a stir were Ye Vagabonds from Dublin (via Carlow). Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn sang this traditional Irish song for us, just before their breathtakingly beautiful performance opening for Kathryn Tickell

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne - Trip To Birmingham / The Poll Booth / Tekeli

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne was a huge hit at this year’s Sidmouth FolkWeek, receiving a standing ovation and selling out of CDs. Here he is playing three tunes high up in Connaught Gardens, overlooking the bay.

The Rheingans Sisters - Banjo Branle

Watch The Rheingans Sisters playing Banjo Branle in Sidmouth, shortly before their headline gig at the festival. One FolkWeek veteran described their extraordinary show as ''the best night I've had here."

Stick in the Wheel with Sandra - Weaving Song

On their new album Follow Them True, Stick in the Wheel recorded this trad track from the much-loved TV programme Bagpuss. Here they are performing it in Sidmouth with the amazing Sandra Kerr who sang the original recording as Madeleine the rag doll.

Kaia Kater - Nine Pin

Watch the incredibly good Kaia Kater perform Nine Pin, filmed between shows at Sidmouth FolkWeek.

Jack Rutter - The Banks Of Sweet Dundee

Watch Jack Rutter singing The Banks Of Sweet Dundee live and unplugged on the banks of the River Sid, as it flows into the sea.

Geoff Lakeman - Tie 'Em Up

The great Geoff Lakeman singing the self-penned Tie 'Em Up, live and unplugged at Sidmouth FolkWeek. The song is taken from his new album After All These Years.

Germa Adan - Kenbe Fèm

Germa Adan made her mesmerising Sidmouth FolkWeek debut this year, with songs inspired by Haitian, American and British folk traditions.Filmed here in the The Bedford Hotel, accompanied by Mahaliah Edwards. The song is called Kenbe Fèm | Hold Firm and was inspired by a story from a Syrian crisis refugee Germa met in Birmingham.The French creole words in the chorus call us to hold on to each other firmly in harmony and not discord.

Brìghde Chaimbeul - Live at Sidmouth FolkWeek

A couple of Swedish and Bulgarian tunes from the exceptional BBC Young Folk Award winning piper Brìghde Chaimbeul, filmed in the beautiful Byes at Sidmouth FolkWeek.

Alden Patterson Dashwood - Red Rocking Chair

Everyone fell in love with Alden, Patterson and Dashwood at this year's Sidmouth FolkWeek. They were newcomers to the festival but we reckon they're here to stay.

Martin Carthy & Sam Sweeney - The Poacher

We managed to grab a short film of Martin Carthy and Sam Sweeney rehearsing before their rapturously received collaboration on Friday at Sidmouth FolkWeek.

Andy Cutting - Never Knowingly Underfed

The marvelous Andy Cutting, who performed at Sidmouth FolkWeek as part of Leveret, gave us a world exclusive - a new tune called Never Knowingly Underfed that Andy had just composed for the 70th birthday of his father-in-law. The sound you can hear in the background is the River Sid flowing over a weir near the entrance to the Byes.

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - The Tangled Tree

Here are Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker filmed at Sidmouth FolkWeek just after their beautiful headline gig at The Ham. The song is one of Josienne's called The Tangled Tree, taken from their award-winning album Nothing Can Bring Back The Hour.

Lucy Farrell - Only Sound

A brand new song from Furrow Collective's Lucy Farrell, with Rhona Dalling, Barn Stradling and Matt Jones. Additional singing provided by Sidmouth's feathered friends.

Radie Peat from Lankum - Dark Horse On The Wind

One quarter of the great Dublin band Lankum gave us a stirring version of this Liam Weldon song.

Trio Dhoore - Transatlantic Groove

A tune from these brilliant brothers from Belgium, down by the River Sid.

Anna & Elizabeth - John Of Hazelgreen

The spellbinding musical artistry of Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth Laprelle made them a lot of new friends during their first visit to FolkWeek. We miss them already.

Khiyo - Dhono Dhanno

A beautiful song by D.L. Ray from this extraordinary British-Bengali group from London who made their FolkWeek debut this year to rapturous applause. They can definitely come again!

Mishaped Pearls - The Cornish Girl

An original song from the band's beautiful album Thamesis, filmed just before their storming debut appearance at FolkWeek.

Topette!! - Maybe Macedonian?

A trad tune from the hottest new Anglo-French dance sensation. Performed live in front of the Sidmouth sign on Bulverton Hill. Thanks to Joe Garcia and Simon Houlihan.

Mischa Macpherson - An Lair Dhonn

The Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail - A set of tunes

We thought we'd show you the brand new Betsy's Lounge up at the Bulverton Marquee with its stunning views. Isn't it fancy? But while we were there we filmed the musicians from The Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail playing a set of tunes called: Scattery Island/Mrs Thom's/The Skylark's Ascension. And those musicians are: Alasdair Paul - Bouzouki Christian Gamauf - Pipes/Whistle Ruairidh Gollan - Fiddle Kaitlin Ross - Guitar Megan MacDonald - Accordion

Lankum - Sergeant William Bailey

This Dublin band have been a huge hit at Sidmouth this year. Not only was it their first time at the festival but their first time playing in England. We filmed them singing and playing in front of Sidmouth’s famous red cliffs.

Maz O'Connor - Awake Awake

A song from Maz's second album This Willowed Light sung live in the leafy surrounds of Connaught Gardens in Sidmouth.

Nell Ní Chróinín - A Bhríde Bheag Chróin

Gorgeous sean-nós singing in the sunshine on Sidmouth beach. Watch out for the photobombing seagull.