Festival 2022 - 15th to 18th of September 2022 - Friendly Folk in Linlithgow!

  • 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 regular music sessions in Linlithgow

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  • Musical Cruise

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

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LFFA Music Sessions

The twice-monthly Sessions return to our favourite watering hole on Thursday April 7th at 8pm and Sunday April 17th at 2pm. All welcome.


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Update from the LFFA AGM

The latest AGM of Linlithgow Folk Festival Association took place via Zoom on Tuesday 22nd March 2022, and a link to my Report for the past year is attached. I was able to find positive features from our attempts to operate in an environment hindered by ever-changing Pandemic regulations and natural reluctance from many to be involved in public activities.

Despite that we were able to present a wonderful outdoor festival at a new venue for us – The Burgh Halls – as well as a brilliant concert by The Sorries, several sessions, and a thorough revue of our Constitution.

My Report also stressed that LFFA has been fortunate to be served by a small number of extremely hard-working and talented office bearers who deserve much more assistance.

However, the fact that only 3 people joined us for the AGM, and no nominations were received for Co-option was very demoralising.

This scenario makes organisation of future events very problematic. We will have to re-assess what kind of Festival might be possible, and how many events can be staffed by such a small number of volunteers.

I would love to hear from any individuals who can assist us by:

  • Offering to be co-opted on to the LFFA Management Committee
  • Joining a list of Volunteers willing to be approached for one-off events requiring stewards, ticket sellers, etc
  • Becoming our Minutes Secretary with a single responsibility, i.e. attending and recording the minutes of 12 monthly meetings

Without such help the Association might be on shaky ground.

Neil Macdonald
Chair, LFFA

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Linlithgow Folk Festival Association EGM & AGM

The delayed 2021 Annual General Meeting of the Linlithgow Folk Festival Association will be held on Tuesday 22nd March.

An EGM to consider a proposal to amend the LFFA constitution will be held immediately prior to the AGM.

Although the meetings are open to all, only members of the Association are eligible to vote. If you intend attending the meetings, please let us know by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This will help us gauge numbers.

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Matt McGinn Night

Our annual tribute to the late great Matt McGinn usually takes place in March. Due to the ongoing covid pandemic, it will not be held in March.

However, over the coming period we will look at Covid developments to determine if we can hold our Matt McGinn night at a later date this year.

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Preserving the Black Bitch Tavern name

The Linlithgow Folk Festival Association is proudly at the forefront of the campaign to preserve the the name of the Black Bitch Tavern, our spiritual home in Linlithgow. On Saturday 11 December, association members led the demonstration - video clip below.

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