Sidmouth FolkWeek returns for eight days of summer, seaside festival fun from July 31 â€“ August 7, in its idyllic setting amongst East Devonâ€™s red cliffs. This year the festival has an ear to the past, and an eye on the future! Building on the success of last yearâ€™s Diamond Anniversary celebrations, the quality bar remains high – with major names from the folk music scene as well as fantastic emerging talent â€“ moving forward into the next generation of the festival. FolkWeek offers a diverse range of events to suit all interests â€“ from major concerts to intimate sessions, from fantastic folk dance to cracking ceilidhs, from high quality Childrenâ€™s Festival family fun to Shooting Rootsâ€™ youth sessions, storytelling to special shows, spectacular displays and processions and an unrivalled 200+ event workshop programme. This year a revamped Bulverton Marquee, where evening roots and dance parties are held, includes a new late night Betsyâ€™s Lounge chill-out venue, with a new special ticket deal available for 18-25 year olds. Whatâ€™s on offer in 2015? Pre-festival concerts Two amazing pre-festival concerts feature South West shanty-singing favourites Port Isaacâ€™s Fishermanâ€™s Friends (with support from Devonâ€™s creamiest singer Jim Causley) on Fri 31st July at 3pm, and darling of the British folk scene, and its most famous contemporary singer Kate Rusby (with support from Dorsetâ€™s Ninebarrow) on Thurs 30th July at 8pm. Headliners throughout the week include: Irish stars Altan; Festival Patrons and outstanding acoustic trio Show Of Hands; Australian vocal tour-de-force The Spooky Menâ€™s Chorale; Gaelic singing sensation Julie Fowlis – of Pixarâ€™s Brave fame; Skye-based party starters Peatbog Faeries; radical English and reggae roots from Edward II; the spectacular and athletic Demon Barberâ€™s XL new show Disco At The Tavern; Bristolâ€™s minimalist masters Spiro and The Poozies featuring Sally Barker from BBC Oneâ€™s The Voice amongst many others. Upcoming artists are featured in the EFDSS Folk Rising Plus concerts with Ange Hardy, Maz Oâ€™Connor, Jaywalkers and more, as well as fRoots Cellarful of Folkadelia sessions Stick In The Wheel, Martha Tilston, Heg & The Wolf Chorus, Amadou Diagne, Lynched and the new up-tempo Hootenanny@Carinas evenings with the likes of Keston Cobblers Club, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra and Harp and a Monkey. As well as concert and roots party fun, expect diverse dance traditions taking to the streets â€“ from the Tibetan Tashi Lhunpo Monks to Bacupâ€™s Britannia Coco-nut Dancers! The Taster Programme is now available at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk, giving a flavour of whatâ€™s on offer throughout the week. The full programme will be available in July.