Festival 2020 - 9th to 13th of September 2020 - 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 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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There's Life In The Old Dog Yet


If you have followed the activities of the LFFA you will know Neil Macdonald is one of our stalwarts.

He has releaased a new CD entitled "There's Life In The Old Dog Yet".  He undertook the CD project after damaging nerves which made playing guitar more difficult - thinking that he would record while still able.

As it transpired, he never needed to play the instrument as he had so much help from Cockleroy partner Bob Proudfoot who added accordion, bouzouki, keyboard, whistle, bodhran and all manner of shaky things (you get them at our age!), while folk festival stalwarts George Machray, Isobel Roy and the late, lamented Wee Linties also brought their contributions to the table.

It took around 8 months to choose 19 songs to include, review and re-write the lyrics, and then for Bob to record, edit and mix the 20 tracks, the only instrumental track being the tune Neil dedicated to his wife who bravely took up the fiddle in retirement, appropriately called "Gracenotes".

The CD is out now and available at a cost of £10 from WILSON'S, NEWSAGENTS on the High Street near the Cross Well.

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Linlithgow Folk Festival Association AGM 2019


The Annual General Meeting of the Linlithgow Folk Festival Association will be held on Monday 11th November from 8.00pm in the upstairs lounge of the Black Bitch Tavern, Linlithgow.

Although the meeting is open to all, only members of the Association are eligible to vote. If you intend attending the AGM, please let us know by contacting our Secretary (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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A BIG THANK YOU!


We also thank the Linlithgow Business Association for their continued support and in particular Cornerstone Accounting who kindly sponsored our folk festival transport.

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Songs & Reels at the Rose - Benedict Morris with Pablo Lafuente & Ryan Murphy - Thursday 12 September 2019


Back by popular request, this year’s event at the Rose Club will feature three of the most exciting young musicians on the Folk scene.

Benedict Morris, the 2019 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, is making a huge name for himself, both at home and abroad.

He is currently part of a duo with Belfast-born guitarist Cormac Crummey (Bene & Cormac). Their debut album Wavelength was released in November 2018, when they enjoyed sell out performances on their Scotland/Ireland tour. Benedict is also the fiddle player alongside five times World Champion Irish dancer, David Geaney, in his show ‘Velocity’, which recently set Broadway alight, earning several five-star reviews.

Since being named as the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, one of Benedict’s new projects has been a trio with BBC Radio Two Folk Award winners, Pablo Lafuente and Ryan Murphy. They are currently working on an album, which will be released later this year. We are delighted to welcome these three brilliant young musicians to Linlithgow.

Ticketing:

  • Venue:  Linlithgow Rose Social Club, Braehead Road EH49 6HF
  • Timing:  8pm - 10.15pm (Doors open at 7.15pm)
  • Cost:  £8 on the door
  • Tickets also available at Far From The Madding Crowd, 20 High Street, Linlithgow, EH49 7AE. Tickets can be booked online at linlithgowfolk.yapsody.com

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Okefenokee Reunion Band - Saturday 14 September 2019


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.

Ticketing:

  • Venue:  Linlithgow Rose Social Club, Braehead Road EH49 6HF
  • Time:  8pm - 10.15pm (Doors open 7.15pm)
  • Cost:  Admission £10 on the door
  • Tickets are also available from Far From the Madding Crowd, 20 High Street, Linlithgow EH49 7AE. Tickets can be booked online at www.linlithgowfolk.yapsody.com

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