Party time at Sidmouth Folk Festival

Sidmouth Folk FestivalGet a best ever value Bulverton-in-One (BiO) or a Big Gig Ticket to squeeze every drop of fun out of the long, memory-filled summer nights. Sidmouth Folk Festival 2022 – the place to be!

The summer holidays are fast approaching and we’re so thrilled to be gathering by the seaside for this year’s return to a live Sidmouth Folk Festival from 29th July – 5th August 2022! What a festival it’s going to be! Make sure you buy your season ticket soon for the best value and flexibility for a jam-packed week of music, dance and song. In an uncertain world, we are certain that you will have the best of times!

We’re in the mood for one hell of a party. There’s no better place for that than at Bulverton, the jumping hub of roots dance parties, each night from 7pm through ‘til the early hours with the likes of Highland & Islands’ party starters Peatbog Faeries, the rocksteady rhythms of Edward II, Blowzabella’s Euro dance sounds, and firebrand singer/songwriter Grace Petrie. Each night of the week offers hour after hour of dance floor action, with an outstanding main act and a fun-filled Late Night Extra ceilidh. The evening kicks off with early doors sessions and ends with an after-hours acoustic chill out in Betsy’s Lounge. To make it a real one-stop night out, there are also great deals on tasty food and drink too.

Daytimes at Bulverton also have so much more going on this year with some really great workshops featuring Blowzabella, The Spooky Men’s Chorale, West African Dance with Batch Gueye, Bhangra Dance and Salsa.

And all NEW Bulverton Creative Making Sessions take place in 2022 with Heather and Mark Clarke of Creativity, Design and Production. Get involved with making beautiful large-scale decorations for display on the ‘Welcome Arch’ and around the festival site. Try Green Woodworking Crafts, Kinetic Sculpture, Cold Forming Metal working and more!

What a week of we have in store, and in such great company! Check out the evening show line-up….

Friday 29 July: Sheelanagig bring us a bagful of joint-jumping tunes with intricate, groove heavy arrangements of original and traditional tunes drawing influence from the folk music of Europe and beyond.  Late Night Extra with established dance masters The Cock & Bull Band.

Saturday 30 July: Blowzabella provide an inimitable, driving, drone-based wall-of-sound played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling, influenced by English and European traditional folk music and song. Late Night Extra with genre-bending crossover Irish big-sound ceilidh band Lasair.

Sunday 31 July: Joshua Burnell & Band + Gadarene  Playing “folk-fused baroque ‘n’ roll for the modern world,” Joshua returns to his original song-writing roots, with music ranging from stomping acoustic sing-alongs to Bowie-esque music hall epics, all with a sharp focus on the traditional themes. Plus Gadarene’s foot-stomping dance beats and timeless folk tunes. Late Night Extra with the young and lively Threepenny Bit with a patchwork of influences.

Monday 1st Aug: Edward II + Bush Gothic  Sidmouth favourites, Edward II uniquely blend the rhythms of the Caribbean with traditional songs from the British Isles: rocksteady rhythms, blazing horns, fabulous harmonies and fiery melodeon melodies. Plus Bush Gothic, one of Australia’s most commanding and maverick trios.  Late Night Extra with young, vibrant, energetic 5-piece Out of Hand.

Tuesday 2nd Aug: Grace Petrie with Ben Moss + Serious Sam Barrett.  Firebrand singer/songwriter brings us politically-charged anthems, joined by musician Ben Moss, bringing extra energy to her timely, timeless music. Plus folk and country singer/songwriter from Otley, West Yorkshire. Late Night Extra with Kirkpatrick family celidh stalwarts, Kirkophany.

Wednesday 3rd Aug: Peatbog Faeries + Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail  Skye-based trailblazers create a glorious mixture of traditional sounds and dance-floor grooves drawing on a dazzling array of influences. Plus a return to the festival with a new talented young six-piece Feis Rois line-up from the Highlands. Late Night Extra with a fresh Random line-up playing dance tunes with drive and energy.

Thursday 8th Aug: Silent Ceilidh with Urban Folk Theory  Silent ceilidh fun with a fusion of the grooviest folk tunes and contemporary dance beats, bass lines, pads and sounds. Late Night Extra with the lively and energetic sounds of Diatonics.

Friday 9th Aug: Late Night Extra only with a final night, full-tilt dance extravaganzas with Urban Folk Theory.

TICKET TIME! With so much on offer, now is the time to get hold of your Season, Bulverton in One and Big Gig Tickets and more here. In these uncertain times, advance booking is much appreciated:

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