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At the heart of English folk

Sidmouth Folk Week Artistic and Marketing Director receives Gold Badge

Alan Bearman, the Artistic and Marketing Director of Sidmouth Folk Week, will receive his English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) Gold Badge in a ceremony at this year’s festival.

EFDSS Chief Executive Katy Spicer will present Alan with the prestigious award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to folk music during the interval of a Folk Week performance at the Ham Marquee by Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr on Tuesday 5 August that starts at 3.15pm.

Alan BearmanThe citation has been written and will be presented by Steve Heap – himself a festival organiser and head of the Association of Festival Organisers, as well as a Gold Badge recipient (2004).

Alan represents some of the foremost artists on the folk, roots and acoustic music scene through his agency, Alan Bearman Music. He has been Artistic and Marketing Director of Sidmouth Folk Week and also programmed other prestigious festivals including Towersey Festival, Folk in the Fall at the Southbank Centre, Ards International Guitar Festival as well as showcases and confernces for Folk Arts England and the Association of Festival Organisers.

Alan joins an illustrious list of Gold Badge holders including Cecil Sharp, Dr Ralph Vaughan Williams, A.L. Lloyd, The Watersons, EFDSS President Shirley Collins, MBE and EFDSS Vice President Eliza Carthy, MBE.

Maddy Prior, Sandra Kerr and David Leverton will also be inducted into the Gold Badge hall of fame during 2014/15.

Find out more about the EFDSS Gold Badge awards.


More than 150 awards have been made since the Gold Badge was first created in 1922.

Gold Badge Award recipients: 1922 – today


Know someone who merits an English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) Gold Badge?

If so, please let us know. Find out how the nomination process works, with answers to the most frequently asked questions.


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