Festival 2021 - 8th to 12th of September 2021 - 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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Support Linlithgow Burgh Piper Ross at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards


Earlier this year, Linlithgow Burgh Piper Ross Miller launched his debut album 'The Roke' - and its on the long list for ‘Album of the Year’ at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.

Please support Ross by voting for the album as one of your favourites using the following link:  http://bit.ly/36zp7nh. You have until Sunday 15th November to cast your vote!

Ross Miller The Roke

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Linlithgow Folk Festival 2020 Cancelled


The safety of festival attendees, artists and volunteers is our top priority. With the world in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and living in uncertain times, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Linlithgow Folk Festival.

Over the coming period, we will continue to hold 'virtual' sessions on our facebook page - please drop in and enjoy the next one on Sunday 17th May.

We look forward to reuniting everyone on our return next year - with the 2021 festival being held between Wednesday 8th and Saturday 12th September 2021.

In the meantime, we wish everyone and their loved ones the very best of health.

The Linlithgow Folk Festival Association Team

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Sessions on Facebook

In line with Government advice, our monthly folk sessions are cancelled until further notice.  However, if you are yet to 'like' us on facebook, please do.  We are now hosting 'virtual' sessions online.

Our facebook page is at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/253078621378555/

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Ross Miller - Debut Album Launch

Ross Miller, the Burgh Piper, has recently launched his debut album.  To buy your copy on CD or as a download, please visit www.rossmillermusic.com.

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Matt McGinn Night 2020

Linlithgow Honours Scotland's "King of Folk"
Keep Matt McGinn Singing!

Forty three years after his tragic death in 1977, Folk music fans paid tribute to the memory of the late great Matt McGinn at an evening of songs and music in the Linlithgow Academy Theatre on Saturday 7th March 2020.

The Glasgow singer, songwriter, poet and raconteur was Scotland’s undisputed “King of Folk” in the 1960s and 70s. The rare talents of Matt McGinn made him a household name in Scotland and in Folk circles throughout the world. In 1962 he sang in a concert in New York's Carnegie Hall with Pete Seeger and a young Bob Dylan.

Matt went on to be regarded as one of Britain’s most powerful songwriters and became one of Scotland’s leading folksingers of his time. He died in 1977 at the age of only 49, but left some 500 songs, many of which, such as the Red Yo-Yo and Coorie Doon have become classics.

In recent years, Linlithgow Folk Festival Association has played a pivotal role in reviving Matt McGinn's work and presenting it in an innovative and entertaining way. Previous tribute nights in the town have played to packed houses. The 2020 event was bigger and better than ever, with singers and musicians of all ages from throughout central Scotland interpreting their favourite Matt McGinn material.

The Matt McGinn Night is a major fundraiser for the Linlithgow Folk Festival and all entertainers give their services free as a gesture of support. Proceeds from the show are used at the Festival to organise an outdoor music initiative at Linlithgow Cross - THE NORA DEVINE STAGE - which gives budding artistes the opportunity to perform at the very heart of the Festival.

For many years, the late Nora Devine ran the famous Linlithgow Folk Club and brought Matt McGinn to the town on several occasions.


Tickets are SOLD OUT.

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