Sidmouth Fringe Sessions Return for 2013

Sidmouth Fringe Sessions
Starts Saturday 3rd August
7.00pm til late

The Fringe Sessions are a series of intimate evening performances held at 'McBuzz’s Barn' (Thorn Park Golf Clubhouse) - a handsome oak-framed barn in the village of Salcombe Regis a couple of miles along the coast from Sidmouth which runs alongside (but independent of) the long-established Sidmouth Folk Festival.  Entry is FREE to ‘all music lovers’ but we do have a donations bucket which is shared amongst the ar tists. This year's line-up is a mix of exciting young talent along with some established heavyweight favourites from across the land!

The venue is adjacent to the 'alternative' festival campsite - so there is cheap camping and showers available right next door (£10 per tent/ per night). There is a bar serving a range of excellent local beers and ciders plus hot food.

There is a regular shuttle bus service running from Sidmouth to the venue if you want to forget the car for the evening!

(For queries on camping call 01395 579564 or email: Hope to see you soon!

Lets make some more sweet summer memories! 


The Fallen Apples

Fringe stalwarts The Fallen Apples from Somerset with be playing on the opening night with their energetic mix of Bluegrass, Blues, roots and stomp and are guaranteed to get everyone a jiggin’. Last year these boys from Somerset - who state their main musical influence as cider - blew the barn doors off! Don't miss 'em!

Tom James
This unfeasibly-talented guitarist and singer-songwriter is back - and this year brings his band with him! Hailing from Falmouth, and currently at Southampton Uni, the 20-year-old has been described by Ben Howard as ‘pushing the mould’. Tom’s unique mix of tapping and finger style has seen him gain respect from fellow musicians and drop jaws during performances. This combined with his unique vocals and lyrical depth makes an artist whose honesty and passion comes through in every performance. A-not-to-be-missed opportunity to see him up close on a small stage before he surely hits the big time! (Tom is performing on the big stage at Boardmasters Festival later in the week!)

Will Lawson

Multi-talented Singer/songwriter Will Lawson opened Cornbury Festival in 2010 with his band at the time, Mojo Pins. He also played in the Bob Harris tent at Truck Festival the same year. Will from Oxfordshire, chose university over a musical career at that point and now combines studying medicine with writing and performing his own songs. The Fringe Festival will be his first performance in three years.

Emma Lauran
19-year-old Emma Lauran is a genuinely talented local singer-songwriter from Exeter. With her distinctive and captivating vocals, she has been likened to artists such as Norah Jones and has been described as a “female James Morrison”. Performing both original material and modern classics, her musical style is a mixture of contemporary, soulful acoustic and folk pop. Her songs are raw, emotional and ‘universally personal’ with beautiful melodies and enchanting lyrics.


Andy Grant Trio

Dorset roots artist Andy Grant has earned a loyal fan base, winning over audiences with his original, rootsy mixture of Blues, Rock and Jazz. This award-winning guitarist mixes up soulful vocals with great tunes and mean fretboard skills. The three musicians play with energy, passion and precision, always complementing each other and constantly striving to make each moment on stage special.

’Really excellent music’ Phil Jupitus, BBC TV’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks
’Laidback, ear thy and grounded, Grant's soulful acoustic rock arrives fully formed, mature and ready for anyone... Great Stuff ’ Musician

Flats & Sharps
These lively Cornish boys made a name for themselves busking in Penzance. More recent success has seen them supporting many prestigious names including “Fisherman’s Friends” and “The Beat” and played at The Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Youth Proms.

It’s immediately obvious that these four best mates play for the love of it - thrilling audiences with their vocal harmonies and their animated performance style. Impossible to watch without involuntary foot tapping and a big smile on your face!

Cloudi Lewis

Fresh from a recording session with her band at the famous Abbey Road Studios Cloudi, is back to perform at the Sessions. This talented ‘folky’ singer/songwriter - originally from Devon is rapidly making a name for herself and recently supported world acclaimed singer/songwriter Emily Maguire. Cloudi’s captivating air and show-stopping voice can reduce a noisy audience to silence! Beautiful notes from her guitar intertwine with her enchanting vocals to set your skin tingling!

Six Days
Talented local 17-year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist Ollie Harris, opened last years Sessions with an excellent debut solo performance - this year he’s back but with the vocal support of big sister Ellie who together form the duo ‘Six Days’. Performing a mix of classics and original material their music is delivered with tight sibling vocal harmonies in their own distinctive Americana/folk style. Arrive in good time to see these rising stars of the local music scene.


Adam Sweet, Alan West & Steve Black

All three artists are from the same local record label, Neo Music, based in East Devon and are virtuoso performers in their own right -
“Very occasionally, music is blessed with a talent that can stop you in your tracks and you say to yourself, “wow, that’s good!”. Adam Sweet is one of those talents. Whether it’s an electric or acoustic guitar in his hands, the quality and originality shines through. Adam's high energy performances of original music and interpretations of classics never fails to impress.

Alan West has established himself as one of the UK’s finest country singers, songwriters and performers having recorded albums in Nashville to great critical acclaim.

“His masterful interpretation of both classic and original Americana songs, together with his easy-going stage demeanour, gives the impression of a laid back, porch musical presentation, but with professionalism that few can carry so effor tlessly” - Maverick magazine.

Singer/songwriter Steve Black has a ‘lifetime’ of experience in music, theatre and clubs - he’s performed in bands, as duos and done solo gigs and through it all, never had a hair cut! In 2011 his songwriting talent were recognised by The British Country Music Awards where his song “You’re on your own” was voted the best original track.

The Bonfire Band
The Bonfire Band are a constantly evolving line-up of musicians from old London town. Regulars to the Folk Festival they play anything from full five-piece gigs to trio gigs with piano and double bass, to quiet solo performances picking tunes on a ‘guanjo’ (banjo and guitar crossed together!). The band plays all original material, mainly the song’s of lead singer/guitarists Ben Faulkner.

‘…a mix of edgy blues and folk, which moves between being intensely captivating and rhythmically pleasing.’ - N16 Magazine

Mitchell & Vincent

This Dorset-based acoustic folk duo are David J. Mitchell and Graham Vincent. David plays the guitar, mandola and penny whistle. Graham plays the violin, guitar and sings. Much of the repertoire is based on the traditional music of the British Isles, mixed with the occasional modern cover version and some self penned material. Both musicians are trained luthiers (that’s guitar makers to you and me!) and play guitars and mandolas made with their own fair hand!

The Crees
Ralph & Dizzi Cree are a husband and wife musical duo who delight in creating magical melodies that speak directly to the heart. They play an array of unusual acoustic instruments including, Hammered Dulcimer, Hang, Halo, Thumb Piano,Tank Drum, Metallophone, Piano, and a variety of World Percussion. Both have been professional musicians since the mid 1990's. Ralph is a multi-instrumentalist, focusing on Drums and Percussion from around the world and Dizzi started her musical life as Dizzi Drummer performing in the clubs of London and Ibiza. She is now an internationally renowned Hammered Dulcimer performer, teacher and retailer.


Peter Bruntnell

We are delighted that singer/songwriter/guitarist Peter Bruntnell is returning to the Fringe. Originally from New Zealand, Peter has done his time in London before settling for the laid-back life style of North Devon. He has been described as a ‘musician’s musicians’ with a low profile but with a big musical pedigree that extends back decades and comes with much critical acclaim from the music press...

"One of the finest songwriters in Britain" - The Independent
"His songs should be taught in schools" - NME
"One of England's best kept musical secrets" - Rolling Stone

2013 sees the release of ‘Retrospective’, featuring tracks from all of Peter’s albums to date and crowned with a re-recorded version and video of ‘Played Out’ featuring platinum-selling Rumer. Don’t miss this chance to see him down in this part of Devon!

Small Town Jones
We're also chuffed to welcome back Jim Jones and his band (aka Small Town Jones), also from the north Devon coast, he has been building a steady fan base in the Southwest seeing him headline slots at surf and folk music festivals and playing gigs all over the UK.

Last year Jim headed for Texas to record his new album prompting appearances on BBC Radio 2 Dermot O’Leary show calling the songs 'Annoyingly good'! Q Magazine and Americanrootsuk gave his work 4 star reviews...
"Jim has a voice that frames the world for a moment. He's a steady hand in a rattling, rolling, shifting sea of music. Hear Small Town Jones."

Phil King

Bristol-based singer songwriter Phil King has performed all over the UK, at festivals and fayres, in pubs, clubs - immediately captivating an audience with his melodic vocal and accomplished guitar picking.

“Phil has a charming vulnerability, his accomplished set is a mixture of Damien Rice-style hear tfelt balladry, John Martyn melancholia and the raw energy of a busker. Here is a man laying his hear t wide open, with nothing but his guitar and harmonica for company, to a room full of strangers and that in itself is worthy of respect. The fact his music is also so heartwarmingly good makes being in the crowd a thoroughly enjoyable experience."
Amelias Magazine.

Mark Donnelly
Mark Donnelly (a.k.a. Turning Wood), also from Bristol, made his debut at last year’s event to the acclaim of both audience and performers alike who were astonished that it was his first ever solo public performance! With his roots in drumming, Mark brings a percussive edge to his guitar playing. With crisp vocals swaying from delicate haunts to soaring melodies, he writes from an honest and humble place.

Sidmouth Folk Fringe started out with just a few informal performances and open mic sessions during Sidmouth Folk week at the Thorn Park 'alternative' festival campsite. The evening-only performances were set up by local farmer and Golf Centre proprietor 'McBuzz' as evening entertainment for the festival campers after a hard day of folkiness in the town.

It is held at the Thorn Park Golf Centre - some 30 acres of parkland surrounded by beautiful countryside within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Beauty - and centres around McBuzz's Barn, a handsome traditional oak-framed building.

Although the event is still small it has gained in popularity in recent years with both artist's and audiences who enjoy the friendly atmosphere and laid-back 'local vibe' being described as "An intimate celebration of our musical heritage featuring some of the best and newest acts in world Folk Roots music."

​These past two years we have returned to our roots with acoustic musical 'sessions' inside the barn and veranda. Admission is free with the focus on new and emerging talents plus some established favourites. There is a donations bucket for performing artists.

Although the Sidmouth Fringe coincides with the long established Sidmouth Folk Festival week, it is completely independent and aims to complement the traditional folk music and dance performances held down in the town.

There are excellent locally-brewed beers from the Branscombe Vale Brewery (just down the road) and local cider served with a smile from McBuzz's Bar.

Hot food and cheap camping (with showers) is available in the adjacent field (The golf course!) at £10 per tent per night.
A regular shuttle bus runs from Thorn Park into Sidmouth. So you can leave your car at Thorn Park, spend the day in the town at the Sidmouth Folk Festival and get the bus back for the Fringe evening events!