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Workshops

Below is a list of the available workshops, this list updates regularly.
Please select a workshop to register and receive the login details and password.

Below the list of live workshops is a list of recorded workshops that are available.
These are available to watch at any time.

All events are FREE. Please consider donating to help secure the future of The Sidmouth Folk Festival crowdfunder.co.uk/the-sidmouth-folk-festival

Aug 1st

13:00 - English Country Dance - hosted by Frances Richadson
A live workshop with Frances Richardson and Jovial Crew, enabling you to dance in your living rooms or gardens, whilst working on some style points. All are English Country dances (Playford-style), and are slightly adapted to be great for one or two people to enjoy, and you can catch up with other Festival attendees in the breaks, plus get to know the band better.

16:00 - Irish Set Dance - hosted by Kevin and Carol Monaghan
Join Carol & Kevin Monaghan for an Irish style get together with an international flavour, a reunion, chat, great music, some half set dances (4 people), both reels and polkas, configured in a medley to enable fully Covid compliant social distanced dancing. Live music by the fabulous Will Allen and a guest appearance by In Helen’s Shoes!




Aug 2nd

10:00 - Story Baraza Sidmouth - hosted by Janet Dowling
Storytelling circle for listeners and tellers! All welcome. Sign up to tell on the day. With Tom Goodale and Janet Dowling

10:30 - Melodeon Workshop for Relative Beginners - hosted by Bob Ellis & Jannette Stewart
One of two stand-alone workshops for those who can pick out a few tunes on a D/G melodeon but want to develop more fluency and variety in their playing. The workshop will show how to construct a simple bass line for a jig in the key of G and then introduce some ideas about how to add greater variety and interest to the bass line. Ability to read music is useful but not essential. Tune: Rattle the Cash in G major

11:00 - Sidmouth Poetry Workshop - hosted by Ilse Pedler
Poetry workshop with Ilse Pedler. Come and join Ilse for an online version of her popular poetry workshops. 11am on Sun 2nd August for around an hour.   Explore some poems and write your own in response to the prompts Ilse has prepared. A relaxed and supportive session aimed to kick start you into writing poems. Workshop strictly limited to 11 participants.

11:00 - Virtual Step and Clog Dance Meet Up - hosted by SSCDTE
At Sidmouth last year the "Step and Step Clog Dance Traditions of England" Facebook group organised a group dance out on the promenade and we're recreating it virtually this year with a number of dances led by different people for you to join in with. If you fancy being part of the fun then register for the link. This workshop is a live broadcast and not a Zoom please click here to register and receive a link.

14:00 - Janet’s Sid Valley Radio Story Café for Inquisitive Adults - hosted by Janet Dowling
Featuring mostly stories by Dan Keding. He can be here in spirit if not in body! This workshop is a live broadcast and not a Zoom please click here to register and receive a link.

15:00 - American Dance
The Magnificent Seven Callers have experience in a wide variety of contra calling situations. Now with the aid of the wonderful Nozzy a select cadre of the Magnificent Seven will be bringing you a live contra, with the best possible sound and synchronisation possible.  All dances will be adapted for socially distanced dancers.

22:00 - Story Baraza Sidmouth - hosted by Janet Dowling
Spooky Stories from Devon Storytellers and friends hosted by Tom Goodale




Aug 3rd

10:00 - Woodland Wiggle - hosted by Jenny Read
Music & movement workshop for children aged 3+ and their grown ups. Please bring a tea-towel, something to bash & bang (e.g. wooden spoon & plastic bottle) and make sure you have space to wiggle!

11:00 - Intro to Gumboot Dancing - hosted by Jenny Read
A fun introduction to South African Gumboot Dancing for children aged 6+ and their families. Wear wellies or shoes you can dance in and make sure you have space to move!

11:00 - Sidmouth Big Band - Workshop 1 - hosted by Mary & Nick Barber - WORKSHOP FULL
Join the band! The Big Band has been part of Sidmouth Festival for many years. Run by Nick and Mary Barber since 1999, this year it will be a virtual event. There will be five Zoom workshops leading to an online ceilidh on Friday 7th August at 4pm with caller Martyn Harvey. Suitable for any instrumentalist! Tunebook and recordings provided. You can be in the band for this!

12:30 - Fandango dance workshop
A wonderful solo dance from the Basque Country, with fancy footwork, high arms and twirling! Mixed level. Led by Kerry Fletcher with musician Chris Walshaw.

14:00 - Sidmouth Festival Choir Goes Virtual! Session 1 - hosted by Sandra Kerr
Join long-time director Sandra Kerr for these fun online sessions for singing friends old and new.  We’ll have a gentle breathe, a stretch, a hum and a song, then Sandra will refresh the parts of a piece of familiar repertoire. You can then sing your part along with a track of the song recorded at a performance. It will almost be as if we are together! Pdfs of sheet music and words on the events website, but all teaching by ear.

14:00 - Story Baraza Sidmouth - hosted by Janet Dowling
Talks and Tales. “Naming the Green Man of the Medieval Church”. The paper that won the 2011 Folklore Society Prize! 

19:00 - Well-Known Tunes at a Steady Pace. - hosted by Bob Ellis & Jannette Stewart
This is a structured session suitable for those new to, or with limited experience of, tune sessions who would like a gentle introduction to them. You will be able to join in with well-known tunes played slowly and there will be the opportunity to lead a tune of your choice (provided it is well-known), if you wish to do so. All instruments are welcome, as are more experienced musicians, provided they are happy to play well-known tunes at a slower tempo than normal.

19:30 - Travelling with Thomas - hosted by Laurel swift
Travelling with Thomas is a folk musical in the making, the next exciting project from Morris Offspring’s creator, Laurel Swift. Year Two is about to begin! Embark on a magical journey of music, song, dance and artwork as a brand new folk musical is created in front of you. Explore the legends of Thomas the Rhymer through this online, interactive evening of music presenting new songs, dance, music and artwork.




Aug 4th

10:00 - Jungle Jiggle - hosted by Jenny Read
Music & movement workshop for children aged 3+ and their grown ups. Please bring a tea-towel, something to bash & bang (e.g. wooden spoon & plastic bottle) and make sure you have space to wiggle & jiggle!

10:30 - Melodeon Workshop: Intermediate Level - hosted by Bob Ellis & Jannette Stewart
A workshop for intermediate level players of the D/G melodeon exploring ways of livening up the bass line by crossing the rows and varying the bass rhythm. Tune: Bourrée de Chambérat in G major

11:00 - Sidmouth Big Band - Workshop 2 - hosted by Mary & Nick Barber
Join the band! The Big Band has been part of Sidmouth Festival for many years. Run by Nick and Mary Barber since 1999, this year it will be a virtual event. There will be five Zoom workshops leading to an online ceilidh on Friday 7th August at 4pm with caller Martyn Harvey. Suitable for any instrumentalist! Tunebook and recordings provided. You can be in the band for this!

12:30 - Bal Classics dance workshop
An introduction to the classic partner dances – with or without a partner! We’ll cover the basic footwork and sequences of Schottische, Mazurka, Bourrée and Waltz. Beginners. Led by Kerry Fletcher. Musicians: Chris Walshaw & Frances Watt

13:00 - Repeat of Janet’s Sid Valley Radio Story Café for Inquisitive Adults - hosted by Janet Dowling
Featuring mostly stories by Dan Keding. He can be here in spirit if not in body! This workshop is a live broadcast and not a Zoom please click here to register and receive a link.

14:00 - Story Baraza Sidmouth - hosted by Janet Dowling
Storytelling circle for listeners and tellers! All welcome. Sign up to tell on the day.

19:30 - A Session - hosted by Shooting Roots
Our lively, diverse, inclusive and super fun Betsy's Bash sessions are some of our favourite Sidmouth activities, so we couldn't miss a session off our online programme! Join us live on Zoom with an instrument, a pair of spoons, your voice or some dancing shoes, and we will facilitate a harmonious hour of songs and tunes, led by tutors and participants alike, with opportunities to dance and play along from the comfort of your own home! We can still play together, even though we have to be apart! Sign up here (at least one participant must be aged 12-17, but other family members are welcome to join in too!)

19:30 - Sidmouth Sing out with Paul Sartin - hosted by Paul Sartin
We’ll learn the 4-part work of the same name, by Sarah Morgan and Daniel Read. Sheet music available to participants for printing in advance. Workshop to consist of warm-ups, learning the song, Q&A, and joining in a new pre-recorded video by the Andover Museum Loft Singers.




Aug 5th

11:00 - Sidmouth Big Band - Workshop 3 - hosted by Mary & Nick Barber
Join the band! The Big Band has been part of Sidmouth Festival for many years. Run by Nick and Mary Barber since 1999, this year it will be a virtual event. There will be five Zoom workshops leading to an online ceilidh on Friday 7th August at 4pm with caller Martyn Harvey. Suitable for any instrumentalist! Tunebook and recordings provided. You can be in the band for this!

14:00 - Sidmouth Festival Choir Goes Virtual! Session 2 - hosted by Sandra Kerr
Join long-time director Sandra Kerr for these fun online sessions for singing friends old and new.  We’ll have a gentle breathe, a stretch, a hum and a song, then Sandra will refresh the parts of a piece of familiar repertoire. You can then sing your part along with a track of the song recorded at a performance. It will almost be as if we are together! Pdfs of sheet music and words on the events website, but all teaching by ear.

19:00 - Well-Known Tunes at a Steady Pace. - hosted by Bob Ellis & Jannette Stewart
This is a structured session suitable for those new to, or with limited experience of, tune sessions who would like a gentle introduction to them. You will be able to join in with well-known tunes played slowly and there will be the opportunity to lead a tune of your choice (provided it is well-known), if you wish to do so. All instruments are welcome, as are more experienced musicians, provided they are happy to play well-known tunes at a slower tempo than normal.

20:00 - Fiddle Workshop - hosted by John Dipper
With his experience at bringing old tunes to life with The English Acoustic Collective, Methera, Patterson Dipper, Alma, Dipper Malkin and the Emily Askew Band, John will look at how to explore and develop a melody, and give techniques and tips to get the most out of the tune.

22:00 - Janet’s Sid Valley Radio Story Café for Inquisitive Adults - hosted by Janet Dowling
Ghost Stories  from around the world with Taffy Thomas, Liz Weir, Connie Regan Blake and others! This workshop is a live broadcast and not a Zoom please click here to register and receive a link.




Aug 6th

10:30 - Melodeon Workshop for Relative Beginners. - hosted by Bob Ellis & Jannette Stewart
One of two stand-alone workshops for those who can pick out a few tunes on a D/G melodeon but want to develop more fluency and variety in their playing. The workshop will show how to play a waltz in the key of A major on a D/G melodeon. It will then show how to construct a simple bass line for a waltz in the key of A major. Ability to read music is useful but not essential.

11:00 - Sidmouth Big Band - Workshop 4 - hosted by Mary & Nick Barber
Tune: The Stronsay Waltz in A major with E naturals in place of the G sharps. Join the band! The Big Band has been part of Sidmouth Festival for many years. Run by Nick and Mary Barber since 1999, this year it will be a virtual event. There will be five Zoom workshops leading to an online ceilidh on Friday 7th August at 4pm with caller Martyn Harvey. Suitable for any instrumentalist! Tunebook and recordings provided. You can be in the band for this!

11:30 - Sidmouth Folk Festival harmony singing workshop - hosted by Hazel Askew
Join Hazel Askew for an hour,to learn a traditional folk song in three part harmony

12:30 - Breton dance workshop
A selection of the classic standards, such as Hanter Dro and Andro, and dances like the Kost ar C’hoat with more challenges to the feet! Beginners. Led by Kerry Fletcher. Musicians: Chris Walshaw & Frances Watt

17:00 - Online intermediate Fiddle workshop - hosted by Sarah Matthews
Learn a new waltz called "Summer Sway", written by Sarah to celebrate Sidmouth Folk Festival. Max 20 fiddle players. Sarah will teach the tune by ear, line by line. Then offer ideas to try for variation, embellishments and chordal accompaniment. We will have the opportunity to play together, using the Mute function on Zoom. We can try the different parts together by the end of the session. Notation and practice-aid for all will be provided.




Aug 7th

11:00 - Sidmouth Big Band - Workshop 5 - hosted by Mary & Nick Barber
Join the band! The Big Band has been part of Sidmouth Festival for many years. Run by Nick and Mary Barber since 1999, this year it will be a virtual event. There will be five Zoom workshops leading to an online ceilidh on Friday 7th August at 4pm with caller Martyn Harvey. Suitable for any instrumentalist! Tunebook and recordings provided. You can be in the band for this! Look out Today (7th) for a video to go live of the Sidmouth Big Band 2020 online ceilidh with caller Martyn Harvey. Available here and also on Youtube.

12:30 - Bal Variations dance workshop
We’ll be exploring some variations of the Bal Classics for solo dancers or pairs, with some newly written and adapted solo versions too! Mixed level. Led by Kerry Fletcher. Musicians: Chris Walshaw & Frances Watt.

14:00 - Sidmouth Festival Choir Goes Virtual! Session 3 - hosted by Sandra Kerr
Join long-time director Sandra Kerr for these fun online sessions for singing friends old and new.  We’ll have a gentle breathe, a stretch, a hum and a song, then Sandra will refresh the parts of a piece of familiar repertoire. You can then sing your part along with a track of the song recorded at a performance. It will almost be as if we are together! Pdfs of sheet music and words on the events website, but all teaching by ear.

15:00 - A Theatre Reveal - hosted by Shooting Roots
A final meeting of all of the Shooting Roots detectives, junior and senior alike, to compile all the evidence and crack the case of Susan the missing folkie. Bring your detective persona and all your wildest theories, and I'm sure we'll solve this mystery. 12-17 years

16:30 - A Storyround - hosted by Shooting Roots
Now that you've learnt the basics of how to tell stories, it's time to put that into practice! Choose your story, pull up the comfiest chair in your house, and join us for the friendliest storyround on Zoom! Pluck up the courage to tell a short story yourself, or come to listen to your friends. 12-17 years

19:30 - Last Chance Euro Dance Bal




These videos are available all week



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.

Scottish Country Dance workshop with Bridget Flett

Get set to join Bridget in some Scottish Dancing!