Folk festival of the week: Sidmouth Folk Week, various venues


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One of the highlights of the folk calendar, Sidmouth's folk week bulges with gigs, sessions and workshops.

Main stage highlights include Show of Hands, Maddy Prior and Hannah James, Flook, Emily Portman, Capercaillie, the wonderful Lylam, Nic Jones, Lady Maisery, Faustus, Bella Hardy, and Eliza Carthy with Tim Erickson.

Must-see sessions include Crimes and Ballads led by Martin Carthy; Short Sharp Shanties with Jackie Oates, Jeff Warner and others; Jim Causley's The Poetry of Charles Causley; and the In the Tradition nights of unaccompanied traditional singers., to Friday