Sidmouth 2024 - Ham Daytime Concerts – The Ham Marquee

Sat 3 Aug 2024 12:00 - Fri 9 Aug 2024 17:30
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Saturday 3rd August 3:15pm - The Melsons

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Sunday 4th August 12:00pm - The Story of Sidmouth

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Sunday 4th August 3:15pm - Karine Polwart

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Monday 5th August 12:00pm - Daphne's Flight

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Monday 5th August 3:15pm - Catrin Finch & Aoife ni Bhriain

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Tuesday 6th August 12:00pm - Downes & Beer

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Wednesday 7th August 12:00pm - Blowzabella

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Wednesday 7th August 3:15pm - Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

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Thursday 8th August 12:00pm - Jo Freya & Friends

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Thursday 8th August 2:45pm - Martin Simpson + The Breath

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Friday 9th August 3:15pm - Chris Wood & Andy Cutting + NYFE

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We do not charge fees on tickets. Any donations contribute massively to to the future of our heritage preserving festival. Thank you so much.
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Sidmouth Folk Festival - daytimes out at the Ham Marquee

The festival’s centrepiece concert venue, The Ham Marquee provides a comfortable seated venue for three first class concerts each day. Close to Port Royal at the eastern end of the Esplanade, where the River Sid meets the sea, you’ll also find a tasty range of street food and The Ham festival bar, a great area to soak up the festival atmosphere!

Advance Rate ticket prices vary for each event, with a limited number of £10 tickets also available for under 25s

If you fancy coming along every day,  you can book Season tickets here or All-in-One Tickets (which include Ham evenings) here 

Event tickets for all 8 Ham Evening Concerts are available here and Bulverton Evenings here.

Alternatively, if you fancy joining us for longer, click here to explore our full range of season tickets, Ham concerts, pre-festival concerts and camping.

Here are all the great days out at the Ham this year - hope to see you there!

Note - The Spooky's Men's Chorale (Tue 6 August, 3.15pm) is covered by All-in-One Week Tickets, Week Season & Tuesday Day Season Tickets. Buy here.

Saturday 3rd August

11.30am - Welcome concert with Sidmouth Town Band, Halsway Young Folk and festival guests. Open to all - no ticket required 

3.15pm The Melsons (Melrose Quartet & The Wilsons) + Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne

This vocal powerhouse supergroup is a coming together of two beloved northern English harmony quartets: Melrose Quartet, and The Wilson Family.

Sunday 4th August

12 noon – Unearthing - Stories of Sidmouth

Local music groups and festival guests star in this special concert, reflecting the rich history of our seaside regency town in words and music.

3.15pm Karine Polwart + Kitewing

Multi-award-winning Scottish songwriter, folk singer and storyteller, Karine Polwart sings of hidden histories, scientific curiosity and folklore.

Monday 5th August

12noon - Daphne’s Flight + Alden Patterson

One of the most exciting vocal groups on the acoustic scene, their energy on stage is matched only by their collective talents. Featuring 5 of the finest singer-songwriters of their generation, the music of Daphne’s Flight is a unique and magical blend, completely captivating audiences with their complex harmony arrangements, unbridled energy and infectious joy of performing.

3.15pm Catrin Finch & Aoife ni Bhriain + Ryan Young

Dublin native Aoife Ni Bhriain is a gifted and versatile violinist who commands both the classical world and her Irish traditional heritage. Alongside her is harpist Catrin Finch from the west coast of Wales, last seen at Sidmouth in an unforgettable show with Seckou Keita. Their debut album together, Double You, features an exquisite collection of new compositions taking inspiration from various genres.

Tuesday 6th August

12 noon - Paul Downes & Phil Beer

Talented guitarist and singer of songs, Paul Downes and multi-instrumentalist, Phil Beer, are two hugely experienced and highly respected folk musicians. Join them as they celebrate 50 years of performing together.

3.15pm The Spooky Men’s Chorale + Janice Burns and Jon Doran

(This event is covered by All-in-One Tickets, Week & Tuesday Season Tickets. Event tickets available on the door, subject to availability).

Expect Georgian table songs, pin drop beautiful ballads, highly inappropriate covers and, as always, expect the unexpected.

Wednesday 7th August

12 noon - Blowzabella + James Delarre

A unique band with an inimitable sound, Blowzabella compose their own music, influenced by English & European traditional folk music and song. Band members Andy Cutting (diatonic button accordion); Jo Freya (vocals, saxophone, clarinet); Paul James (vocals, bagpipes, saxophones); David Shepherd (violin); Barn Stradling (bass guitar) and Jon Swayne (bagpipes and saxophone) are much loved and respected. There is no-one quite like them.

3.15pm Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham + Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail

Aly and Phil have toured together since 1986, charming audiences with their stunning music and on-stage charisma. Witty and humorous banter sit alongside tunes that tug the heartstrings and joyous reels and melodies that will have you tapping your feet. Aly and Phil have won numerous awards, including BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Best Duo Award’ and have been nominated for ‘live act of the year’ in the Scottish Traditional Music Awards.

Thursday 8th August

12 noon - Jo Freya with Fi Fraser, Andy Cutting, Mary Macmaster, Tim Edey and friends.

Multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and Artistic Director of the National Youth Folk Ensemble (2023-2026), Jo Freya is no stranger to Sidmouth Folk Festival. A singer, saxophonist, clarinet and whistle-blowing pianist, Jo has been described as the chameleon of Folk, playing in many bands and with completely different styles.

2.45pm Martin Simpson + The Breath

Universally acclaimed as one of the finest ever acoustic and slide guitar players, and a fine banjo-picker to boot, Martin Simpson shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game. Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, Simpson is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving. Martin's latest album 'Skydancers' is a real thing of beauty. Not to be missed!

The Breath are Manchester based guitar-whizz, Stuart McCallum and singer/ flautist Rioghnach Connolly. Connolly is a folk singer with a larger-than-life personality and a powerful stop-you-in-your-tracks voice to match. Together they perform honest, personal, heartfelt songs as likely to touch on childhood summers as cultural dislocation and grief.

Friday 9th August

12 noon - Festival Workshop Showcase - A chance to see the fruits of some of the week’s workshops. Free Entry.

3.15pm Chris Wood & Andy Cutting + National Youth Folk Ensemble

Dynamic duo Chris Wood and Andy Cutting are back in Sidmouth where it all started. Forming a partnership 35 years ago, after meeting here, they are now considered to be one of the most influential acts on the British folk music scene. Chris Wood, known as one of folk’s most original singer-songwriters, is also a skilled multi-instrumentalist, while Andy’s consummate melodeon playing has been described as ‘glorious, joyful, moving, subtle, emotionally charged’, and ‘totally spell-binding’ (June Tabor)

The National Youth Folk Ensemble brings together talented young folk musicians from across England. They create their own contemporary takes on traditional tunes from Britain and beyond, with a sound that is distinctive, joyful, and diverse. The Ensemble aims to nurture their talents, aspirations, and creativity, enabling them to develop into folk performers, educators and leaders of the future. These exceptional 14-19 year olds meet four times a year for intensive weeks of music-making, led by Artistic Director Jo Freya with other top folk musicians and educators. Join us to hear these rising stars!

Personal Assistant Ticket

· This is available to a ticket buying person requiring assistance to attend the festival.

· Tickets can be booked online and in order to qualify you will need to provide the box office/door staff at the festival with one of the following when collecting your season tickets or using your e-tickets:

      • Front page of DLA / PIP award letter (no specific rate)

      • Front page of Attendance Allowance letter (no specific rate)

      • Evidence that registered severely sight impaired (blind)

      • Recognised Assistance Dog ID card

· The qualifying documentation must be an original and current as of the dates of the festival.

· All Personal Assistants should be aged 18+ years.

· If special requirements exist, such as positioning of a wheelchair, it is the ticket holder’s responsibility to contact the venue management early to make sure that their requirements are known. Venue stewards will do their best to accommodate all such requests.

· Please address any accessibility enquiries to access@sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk.


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