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9 JUNE 2010

Lively FolkWeek Programme at the Bulverton Marquee

One of the main venues for Sidmouth Folk Week is the Bulverton Marquee. Situated on the edge of the town, and near the official festival campsite, the Marquee is the venue for the evening Festival Clubhouse events, including the famous Late Night Extra. The theme at the Bulverton Marquee is lively and high energy events, giving a contemporary, fresh vibe.

Top of the bill at the Bulverton Marquee is the eleven-piece, award-winning folk band Bellowhead (Wednesday). Winners of several BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Bellowhead also featured as the main band at the BBC Proms Folk Day in 2008 the concert was broadcast live on BBC television. They also hosted a sea-faring themed New Year's Eve party on London's Southbank in 2009.

A real scoop for the festival is the reunion concert of Cordelia's Dad (Tuesday). This American-based punk-tinged band, led by fiddle-player Tim Eriksen, was much sought after in the 1990s, but later disbanded. This reunion gig is their only appearance in the UK.

Celtic music comes from the Edinburgh-based acid-croft band, Shooglenifty (Thursday), who combine fiery and infectious Scottish traditional music with modern dance grooves; as well as from Diamh (Saturday), who combine Scottish, Irish and Cape Breton traditional music led on the pipes and fiddle. Ace Irish folk musician, Michael McGoldrick, brings his Trad Collective to the Bulverton Marquee on Monday traditional Irish music fused with Afro-Cuban rhythms, flamenco, samba, reggae and hiphop! A heady cocktail of musical styles that will have the audience dancing all night long.

On Sunday evening, last year's highly popular Silent Disco is being extended with the addition of a Silent Ceilidh. The audience dances to the music on headphones, and there’s a Christmas theme to the whole event!

The final night, Friday 6 August, sees Scottish and Latin American fusion band, Salsa Celtica take the stage in a display of virtuosity and energy.

Following each of the evening Clubhouse events, there is the Late Night Extra where the country's top ceilidh bands lead the dancers in an energetic ending to each day's events. Among the bands featured are London's The Committee Band, Bedlam from Sheffield, Shropshire's All Blacked Up and Tickled Pink in their 21st birthday year. Blowzabella will bring their special Euro-sounds to the event.

Sidmouth FolkWeek runs from July 30 to August 6, and a Taster Programme containing many of the major events is available from the website www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk

Tickets for all the Bulverton events (except Bellowhead) are available in advance from the Sidmouth Tourist Information Centre, Ham Lane, Sidmouth, EX10 8XR. Telephone 01395 578627. Or online from the festival website www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk Week, weekend and day season ticket holders do not need a separate ticket for Bulverton events.

Sidmouth FolkWeek also announced this week that local brewer, O-Hanlon's Brewery, is to become the Festival's first official brewery sponsor.

Based locally at Great Barton Farm in the village of Whimple, O-Hanlon's Brewery is an award-winning family business, brewing top quality ales. The business started in London, but in 2000, Liz and John O-Hanlon relocated to Whimple, and since then the brewery has gone from strength to strength.

O-Hanlon's Brewery will be supplying the beer to the FolkWeek bars in the marquees at the Ham, Bulverton and in the Blackmore Gardens.

Festival Director, John Braithwaite, welcomed OHanlon's as a major sponsor and festival supplier, saying: Wherever possible, we want to source our supplies from local businesses.

John O-Hanlon said, We are proud and delighted to be supporting such a high profile local event which, in addition to bringing tourism and revenue to the area, also provides so much fun and enjoyment to a great number of people.

Sidmouth FolkWeek has a range of sponsorship packages for local and regional businesses, and there is also the opportunity to advertise in the festival programme. To find out more about sponsorship and advertising call John Dyson on 01395 512416, or Barry Lister on 0781 2486362 or Steve Thompson on 01395 577394. Or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.