Sidmouth Folk Festival ‘firing on all cylinders’ as organisers announce 2022 dates

The Sidmouth Folk Festival has announced it will be ‘firing on all cylinders’ with its return for summer 2022, boasting an ‘eclectic’ line-up of artists and performers.

Tickets have gone on sale for the next year’s festival, as organisers have revealed the return of the Bulverton marquee at the top of the town – the ‘high energy hub’ for ceilidhs and evening shows.

Organisers said the 2022 festival will be ‘firing on all cylinders’ after the Covid-19 pandemic forced the 2020 event to be held online, and last year’s gathering was scaled-back.

Festival organisers said the 2022 line-up, from July 29 until August 5, includes headline evening shows in the main Ham venue, including  folk songstress Kate Rusby, Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader, Devon folk performers and festival patrons Show of Hands, Australian-based harmony singers The Spooky Men’s Chorale, fiddle and melodeon artists Spiers and Boden, Canadian roots trio The East Pointers, Quebecois outfit Yves Lambert Trio, plus Granny’s Attic with British singer songwriter Jez Lowe.

The 2022 festival, back in Sidmouth for the 68th consecutive year, promises performances at the Bulverton tent by Scottish funk dub band Peatbog Faeries, ska and squeezebox group Edward II, plus music from Grace Petrie and Sheelanagig.

Pre-festival entertainment has been planned for the end of July with concerts by Steeleye Span and Cornwall’s Fisherman’s Friends.

A spokesperson for the Sidmouth Folk Festival, said: “In 2020 the festival hastily switched to an online programme, then trod cautiously last year with a scaled-back, outdoors and online-only celebration.

“The 2022 Sidmouth Folk Festival promises to be firing on all cylinders with hundreds of individual events, and organisers are strongly committed to keeping everyone safe and comfortable, with well-ventilated venues, plenty of fresh air activities and a flexible attitude to accommodate any current Covid guidance.

“The wide-reaching workshops programme will offer festival-goers incredible opportunities to learn or improve their craft, from choral singing to fiddle playing, with highly-experienced teachers and professional music makers and dance leaders.”

Also back for 2022 is the children’s festival, youth festival, Morris dance displays and dance sessions in Blackmore Gardens, organisers said.


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