Sidmouth Big Band

Sidmouth big band is a giant all-comers ceilidh band which happens at Sidmouth Folk Festival every year. A week of workshops lead to a public ceilidh, playing for dancing in the Anchor Gardens.

In 2024 Sidmouth Big Band celebrates 25 years! To mark the occasion, and to celebrate 70 years of Sidmouth Folk Festival, there is a new Big Band tunebook!

All the 299 tunes that we have played over the years are collected into a single volume. The cunning A4 landscape 2-up coil-bound format makes it surprisingly easy to read and to handle.

This book is now available from the SHOP page. You can view or download individual tunes (for free) from the contents area of the book’s shop page – though I’d recommend getting the book!

For 2024 Sidmouth festival, tunes will be selected from this book, though possessing the book won’t be a requirement!


In 2023, workshops ran daily Sunday August 6th-Friday August 11th, with an Anchor Gardens Ceilidh on the Friday.

Hear the tunes for 2023:

Get the tunebook

Get the tunebook (B flat edition)