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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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 will pay 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 promises to be 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.

Licensed bar.  Please note this is NOT a BYOB event.  Bar opens at 6.30pm / Doors open at 7.00pm.  All seats unreserved.

Tickets, priced £12 each, are now available via:

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    (via our online ticketing plaform at Yapsody.  Tickets purchased via Yapsody will incur additional charges to cover Yapsody and PayPal charges only.)
  • from Far From the Madding Crowd, 20 High Street, Linlithgow

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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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