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Brighde Chaimbeul

Winner of the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award, and 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award Brìghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s most exciting young musicians. A native Gaelic speaker, her style is rooted in her indigenous language and culture, but draws inspiration from a variety of piping traditions such as from Cape Breton, Eastern Europe and Ireland.

Damien Barber - A Song For Sidmouth Let The Wind Blow High or Low

A proud Norfolk man and heavily influenced by such earlier Norfolk singers as Walter Pardon and Peter Bellamy, Damien is a stylish and distinctive singer, be it unaccompanied or alongside his guitar or concertina. Though he has now resided for some time in West Yorkshire, his roots remain firmly planted in his beloved East Anglia.

Ewan McLennan - Shoals of Herring

From a BBC Folk Award to his work with Transatlantic Sessions through to his recent critically-acclaimed collaboration with the author George Monbiot, Ewan McLennan has come to be known as one of the finest troubadours, singer-songwriters and balladeers of his generation.

Ewan McLennan - Our Captains Call All Hands

Ewan McLennan - A Mans A Man

Folk On Foot - Folk On Foot

Before, During and Just After The Lockdown: how could a folk music podcast that depends on access to the great outdoors cope during the lockdown? Remarkably well it turned out, as its host Matthew Bannister relates with the help of film footage of performances by some of the UK’s finest folk musicians in this exclusive virtual talk.”

George Sansome - Concert

George Sansome is a vibrant trad folk singer and guitarist and a member of popular group Granny's Attic. His relaxed stage presence and engaging delivery make for a captivating and exciting performance.

Hudson Records - Rob Harbron-Meanders

This week we are really proud to be teaming up with Sidmouth Folk Festival Online in presenting a Hudson Records Listening Club with the concertina player of choice Rob Harbron, listening to his 2019 album ’Meanders’. Join Rob to listen to the album, discuss how it was made and hear some more detail about the tunes involved.

Jack Rutter - Jack Rutter Concert

Jack Rutter grew up in the Holme Valley area of West Yorkshire, a place steeped in a wealth of traditional song, and following a BSc degree in Countryside Management at Newcastle University has forged a highly successful career playing music across the UK and Europe. In addition to his acclaimed solo work, he has become a highly sought after collaborator for a host of the biggest names in folk music such as Seth Lakeman, Sam Sweeney and Jackie Oates as well as playing in the celebrated instrumental trio Moore Moss Rutter.

Jack Rutter - The History of the British Folk Guitar

Jack Rutter grew up in the Holme Valley area of West Yorkshire, a place steeped in a wealth of traditional song, and following a BSc degree in Countryside Management at Newcastle University has forged a highly successful career playing music across the UK and Europe. In addition to his acclaimed solo work, he has become a highly sought after collaborator for a host of the biggest names in folk music such as Seth Lakeman, Sam Sweeney and Jackie Oates as well as playing in the celebrated instrumental trio Moore Moss Rutter.

Jez Lowe - From Song to Novel Workshop 2020

A double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK folk and acoustic music scene. Not only he is one of the busiest live performers in the country, but his songs are among the most widely sung by other performers, whether by long-established acts like Fairport Convention, The Dubliners and Bob Fox, or by the new breed of stars like The Unthanks, The Young Uns and The Duhks.

Moirai - Framed: The Alice Wheeldon Story | Page to Stage with Moirai | Part 1 | NEW PROJECT LAUNCH!

Moirai - Jo Freya, Sarah Matthews and Mel Biggs were due to perform 'Framed - The Alice Wheeldon story" at the Manor Pavilion this week. together with a linked workshop,.

When they started working on Framed they did a video blog in 4 sections called 'Page to Stage' Additionally Doug Bailey did a preview of the tracks they created with some visuals used in the show. During lockdown they produced Proper Gander remotely to one of the tracks. They are in order below.

Moirai - Framed: The Alice Wheeldon Story | Page to Stage with Moirai | Part 2 | The People Our Inspiration

Moirai - Framed: The Alice Wheeldon Story | Page to Stage with Moirai | Part 3 | ALBUM RECORDING!

Moirai - Framed: The Alice Wheeldon Story|Page to Stage with Moirai | Part 4 | Personal Story:Political Clima

Moirai - Full album preview of Framed: The Alice Wheeldon Story | Our 3rd Album! | by Moirai

Moirai - Proper Gander by Moirai | Framed The Alice Wheeldon Story

Pig Dyke Molly

In Glorious Black and White. A look behind the scenes with one of England's most popular Molly sides

Ralph McTell - Sidmouth Message

One of the great storytellers, Ralph McTell, is now celebrating more than 50 years on the road. Known for his virtuoso guitar style, he is primarily a prolific and gifted songwriter. Ralph brings a message to those watching the Sidmouth Folk Festival Online.

Saul Rose - Sidmouth Online

Saul Rose is a renowned English folk melodeon player and singer. He regularly appears at Sidmouth in several guises each year, including Faustus, Whapweasel and Eliza Carthy bands. He also featured in the recent touring company of The Transports.

Spooky Men - Message from the Spooky Men

The Spooky Men’s Chorale is a vast, rumbling, steam powered and black clad behemoth, seemingly accidentally capable of rendering audiences moist eyed with mute appreciation or haplessly gurgling with merriment. Based on the twin pillars of grand foolishness and the quest for the perfect subwoofer-rattling boofchord, the Spooky Men seek to commentate on the absurdity and grandeur of the modern male armed only with their voices, a sly collection of hats and facial hair, and a twinkle in the eye.

Stream of sound - Stream of Sound Songs From The Midlands Documentary

Stream of Sound Stalwarts of Sidmouth's Youth Programme and always very popular with their shows around the festival, Stream Of Sound offer a short film about West Midlands Songs, This Tale I Tell.

Stream of sound - Stream of Sound Bread and Roses

Stream of Sound is a youth chorus who sing a‑cappella harmony, which is founded on a variety of musical traditions from around the world. Known for our energetic and inspiring performances, our aim is to share this love of harmony with as many people as possible.

The East Pointers - 82 Fires Live The Great Hall

Redefining the ever-evolving genre – modern folk – with Billboard-worthy pop hooks, deep acoustic groove, trance-like trad breakdowns and three-part harmonies, Tim Chaisson (vocals/fiddle/percussion), Koady Chaisson (banjo/tenor guitar/moog) and Jake Charron(guitar/keyboards), already internationally acknowledged as musical trailblazers, capture the furious energy of their live shows and push the boundaries of East Coast folk while lighting a path for a new generation of music lovers.

The East Pointers - Sidmouth Message

The East Pointers - Wintergreen

The East Pointers - In Bloom Silk Mill Session 2019

Zoe Wren - Sidmouth Folk Festival Online

Since her beginnings as a busker in Camden, Zoё Wren has gone on to perform on stages from the Cambridge Folk Festival to Glasgow Celtic Connections to The Shard. Described as having a voice that is ‘clear and shivers with silver’, she was a winner of the PRS Lynsey de Paul Prize and the Alan Surtees Trust grant, and has been played on BBC Radio 2 on the Bob Harris show. Drawing on influences from the unorthodox harmonies of Joni Mitchell to the honest storytelling of Tracy Chapman, and giving folk stories a modern update, her sound has been described by Fatea magazine as 'refreshingly bold.'

A chance to see other Sidmouth Folk Festival artists in action.

Cecil Sharp House Choir

Cecil Sharp House Choir has English folk song at the heart of its repertoire. Since 2020 the Choir has been directed by inspirational choir leader Rose Martin. From its foundation in 2008 until 2019 the Choir was led by Sally Davies, who also arranged most of the Choir’s repertoire. Cecil Sharp House Choir has become known for its spirited and moving renditions of traditional songs. The Choir concentrates on singing a capella folk and traditional songs from Britain and beyond. It is un-auditioned and is for confident singers who are able to hold a tune and are keen to perform. There’s no need to read music – all songs are taught by ear. Cecil Sharp House Choir performs regularly at Cecil Sharp House and at a host of other venues and events such as at the British Library, Southbank Centre, the Roundhouse, the National Maritime Museum, Oslo Musikkfest and the House of Commons.

Centralbal - Patrick Bouffard Le dénicheur

This magnificent dance and concert band distils the essence of traditional music from Central France – the Berry, Bourbonnais and Auvengne regions - and presents it to modern audiences. Led by the legendary Patrick Bouffard - you may know him from La Chavannée or Paul James’ Scarp – Centralbal base their music on traditional tunes and recent compositions.

Centralbal - Clin d'oeil

Fara - Belhaven Brewery | The Visit 2019

The new decade marks an exciting new chapter for Scotland’s fabulous fiddle-led Fara, as founding Orkney frontwomen Jeana Leslie, Catriona Price and Kristan Harvey welcome young Highland pianist Rory Matheson to the line-up.

Home Service - Live@Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Originally formed in 1981, mostly from members of The Albion Band. Now reformed and playing better than ever with John Tams rejoining alongside John Kirkpatrick on vocals.

Home Service - Live@Wickham

Jamie Smith's MABON - Full Concert | Cyngerdd Lawn EISTEDDFOD LLANGOLLEN 2019

Jamie Smith's Mabon were planning this year's tour to be The Last Huzzah for a band that's been at the forefront of Celtic folk muisc for two decades. The tour is being rearranged so there will be more chamces to see a band that has thrilled audiences from Sidmouth to Lorient and beyond.

Nick Dow - The Faithful Horse

Nick Dow has been singing traditional Folk Songs for over Forty years. He has had a big influence on the Folk scene and most recently award winning English Folk Musician Jim Moray has quoted Nick as an influence singing two songs from his repertoire and including one {Seven Long Years} on his latest album ‘Skulk’

Nick Dow - Just as the tide was flowing

Nick Dow - The Rosebud in June

Nick Dow - Through Bushes and Through Briars

Pete Coe - Pete Coe at The Bridge

Pete Coe has had more than 50 years of music making on the English folk scene. His contributions include traditional song research, song writing in traditional style, the founding of several seminal bands (the founder member and visionary force behind The New Victory Band, Bandoggs and Red Shift) plus solo and duo performances, dance calling, recording, field research, local folk activism in Ryburn Three Step and teaching at various levels. Together with his wife, Sue, he received the Gold Badge Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) in 2016 for their outstanding contributions to folk

Pete Coe - Spanish Lady

Pete Coe - Spanish Lady

Pete Coe - Shenandoah American