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21 MAY 2010

Folk Week Taster Programme Now Available

The brand new Sidmouth FolkWeek Taster Programme is now available from the Sidmouth Tourist Information Centre and on the FolkWeek website.

The Taster Programme gives details of all the events in the Ham Marquee (lunchtime, afternoon and evening) and Bulverton Marquee (Festival Clubhouse and Late Night Extra), as well as a selection of the main events in the Manor Pavilion, Bedford Hotel, Methodist Church, Blackmore Gardens Marquee (evening ceilidhs) and Anchor Garden (lunchtime and afternoon ceilidhs).

Advance Tickets are available for many of these events from 1 June – details are in the Taster Programme. Advance tickets are available at the discount prices until 25 July. Festival Director, John Braithwaite, urged anyone interested in buying tickets not to leave it too late. “Advance tickets are limited in number, and we confidently expect that we will sell out of some of the quotas well before 25 July!” John explained.

Amongst the Ham Marquee concert acts that are expected to be especially popular are local award-winning duo. Show of Hands (Saturday 31 July), folk super-group Blue Murder, comprising FolkWeek Patron Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson, their daughter Eliza Carthy and Coope, Boyes and Simpson (Monday 2 August) and accordionist Andy Cutting and Friends, who will include the singer June Tabor, Blowzabella and ace guitarist Martin Simpson (Thursday 5 August).

At the Bulverton Marquee, high-energy Festival Clubhouse events include Shooglenifty (Thursday 5 August), Salsa Celtica (Friday 6 August) and Bellowhead (Wednesday 4 August).

The Taster Programme also includes details of the workshop, social dance, ceilidh, dance display, Sidmouth traditions and storytelling areas of FolkWeek. There is a page in the Taster Programme devoted to events for Families and Children and another to Folk Week’s new-look youth programme, called Folk-a-Cola.