Festival 2019 - 11th to 15th of September 2019 - Friendly Folk in Linlithgow!

  • Smith & McClennan

    “Emotional and genuinely moving material” (The Wee Review)

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  • Ceilidh at the Vennel

    Family friendly ceilidh at the Vennel

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  • Tribute to the late great Matt McGinn

    The Sugary Cake and Candy Man with the ladies.

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  • Bluegrass Events

    On route to the famous Bluegrass Gospel Session

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  • Linlithgow Twinning

    Friends from Guyancourt are part of the Festival family

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  • Sessions

    We hold sessions at the historic Black Bitch Tavern

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  • Musical Cruise

    Festival go-ers gently sailing along the Canal - with Cockleroy providing the entertainment!

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Saturday 14 September

Festival Hub @ the Masonic Hall from 10.30am to 5.00pm

Information, shop and refreshments. Drop in any time!


We are delighted once again to welcome some great talent from near and far on our Outdoor Stage.  A varied and exciting programme of music throughout the day, including the famous St Roch's Ceili Band from Glasgow.

Venue: The Cross, Linlithgow
Time: from 11.00am to 5.00pm
Cost: FREE


For the third year in a row, this event will give emerging talent the opportunity to perform in a relaxed and informal setting, right at the heart of the festival. Come along and support these emerging young musicians and singers from across Scotland.

Venue:  St Michael’s Kirk Hall, behind Cross House, 8 The Cross, EH49 7AL
Time: 12 noon - 4pm
Cost: FREE - donations welcome


An informal and fun singing session, with Linlithgow’s Sangschule and the Liltin’ Lassies from Dunblane. All welcome.

Venue:  Masonic Hall
Time:  11am - 12.00pm
Cost:  FREE - donations welcome


Sessions in pubs displaying the Festival logo.

Check Facebook for updates.


Just turn up and take part. FREE - donations welcome.

COME AND WHISTLE – complete beginner to intermediate.  With Katie Maguire.  Katie is a young multi-instrumentalist, who plays with St Roch’s Ceili Band and Southside Fiddlers in Glasgow. She is the reigning all-Britain whistle slow air champion, a title she has held for three successive years. Katie has performed at Celtic Connections, the Scots Fiddle Festival and Linlithgow Folk Festival.  11am - 12.30pm.

– a two hour workshop aimed at beginners to intermediate adult players (no complete beginners). With Lorna Swan. Music will be taught by ear with sheet music given out at the end. Lorna is a very experienced teacher, who has been a tutor at Falkirk Fiddle Workshop since its early days. She teaches at the Falkirk Traditional Music Project and has performed at concerts and ceilidhs all over the world. 10.30am - 12.30pm.


We are delighted to return to the beautiful setting of St Peter's, the smallest church in Linlithgow for performances by musicians and singers of all ages. From 1.00pm.


We are delighted to welcome the Okefenokee Bluegrass Band back to Linlithgow for this special concert in the Rose Social Club.

Forty years ago, there was very little knowledge of Bluegrass Music in Scotland. Today there is a thriving scene with many great players. Okefenokee Bluegrass Band were pioneers for Bluegrass in Scotland, if not the UK. They introduced the music through Folk Clubs, Festivals and Pub Gigs. They became very successful on the music scene and expanded to a large Road Show which included a Clogging Dance Troupe and a Dance Caller.

The band played at many events throughout the country to the delight of audiences of all ages.

The Okefenokee band retired due to other commitments in other fields however, they all remained close friends. Six years ago, they decided to get back together again for a series of gigs to celebrate their long friendship. The first of these reunion gigs was in Linlithgow, because Linlithgow Folk Club was where it all started with their first professional gig.

Bluegrass music is now firmly established as part of Linlithgow Folk Festival and we are very pleased to welcome back the pioneering Okefenokee Bluegrass Band for our 2019 concert.

8pm -10.15pm. (Door open at 7.15pm). Linlithgow Rose Social Club, Braehead Road EH49 6HF. Tickets £10 at the door. Available from Far from The Madding Crowd, 20 High Street, Linlithgow EH49 7AE. Online booking available via linlithgowfolk.yapsody.com. Please check Facebook for updates.



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