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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Okefenokee Bluegrass Band & the Mairi Orr Band

Pioneers for Bluegrass in Scotland, the Okefenokee Bluegrass Band became very successful on the music scene, to the delight of audiences of all ages. The band retired due to other commitments, but this year they are back together again for a series of gigs to celebrate their long friendship and it is fitting that the first of these reunion gigs is in Linlithgow as it all started here, with their first professional gig.

Also, Scottish singer/songwriter Mairi Orr has been a regular in the Edinburgh and Lothians bluegrass and folk scene since 2004. Her melodic style and acoustic set-up draw from American roots music and Scottish traditional music, offering original songs and other interpretations which nod towards current Americana and contemporary Scottish Folk.

See http://mairiorr.com

  • Date: Friday 13 September 2013
  • From: 8pm (Doors Open 7.30pm)
  • Venue: Queen Margaret Hall, Blackness Road, EH49 7JA
  • Admission: £10 in advance from the Burgh Halls, Linlithgow (01506 282720) or on the door. Licensed bar
  • BUY ONLINE: http://www.linlithgowplus.org.uk/offer-details.php?id=21 (via LinlithgowPlus)

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Linlithgow Folk Festival organisers will continue their fundraising efforts on Friday April 26th when they present “An evening with Isla St Clair” in the Queen Margaret Hall at 7.30pm.

Isla St Clair is remembered by millions for her numerous television appearances, including the Royal Variety Show, the Morecambe and Wise Show and, most notably, as co-host with Larry Grayson on the BBC's long-running The Generation Game, for which she won "Female TV Personality of the Year".  Her television series The Song and the Story won the coveted European award “Prix Jeunesse”

With her media high-profile, it is sometimes forgotten that Isla is first and foremost a singer - and a brilliant one at that. At the age of 10 she was 'storming' the Folk Clubs, and since then has sung all over the world - from the Troubadour in Los Angeles to a football stadium in Moscow.

She is widely acknowledged as one of Britain’s foremost traditional singers and has won the award of “Best Female Folk Singer"   Her albums have received critical acclaim world-wide and  “The Scotsman” rated her "the best exponent of Scottish Song” of the Year". Her current stage performance is a wonderful fusion of tradition.  Her current stage performance – “An Evening with Isla St Clair” is a wonderful fusion of traditional and modern classics, spiced with humorous personal experiences as singer and broadcaster.  We are delighted that Isla will be supported by local band SKIRLIE.

Tickets, priced £10, can be bought from:

  • Norman Cummings Textiles, the Vennel, Linlithgow, tel: 01506 842013
  • The Black Bitch Tavern, tel: 01506 842147
  • Linlithgow Folk Festival Association, tel: 01506  844392

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Passing of Richard McConnell, Friend of the Festival

MR Richard McConnell: We were all very sorry to hear of the sad passing of our great friend, Richard McConnell.

Richard had been a stalwart supporter of our Festival since its inception and regularly travelled up from his home in Newcastle to attend all our events.

Our sympathy goes out to his son Euan and all the family, including his many nieces and nephews, to whom he was an adored "Uncle Rickety".

We will never forget his support and encouragement.

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Seeing Differently

We are happy to publicise this forthcoming event to festival goers!

Seeing Differently by Dance Ihayami is a thoughtful mix of Indian classical dance, music and film depicting the transformation of Indian classical dance from its roots to the modern stag, seen through the eyes of an Indian dancer. Rhythmic footwork, meaningful hand gestures and facial expressions of pure Indian classical dance are explored in a contemporary setting to create an evocative and powerful dance experience. Come and immerse yourself in this powerful dance experience!

“Dance Ihayami create their own stunning narrative style, theirs is an intelligent beauty. Poetic and laden with meaning." The Skinny
“classical Indian dance at its most beautiful” The Skinny

  • Date: Saturday 17th November at 7:30pm
  • Venue: Linlithgow Academy Theatre
  • Tickets: £8 (full price); £5 (concessions: under 26; students; disabled); free (unemployed; aged 60 and over)
  • Available from: Linlithgow Burgh Halls Box Office Tel 01506 282720 or at the door

For more information, visit: www.danceihayami.org

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Linlithgow Oxfam Group Folk Night

We are happy to advertise the Linlithgow Oxfam Group annual Folk Night – one of the major ways in which the group collects money for the crucial work of Oxfam across the world.

On Saturday 27th October, Linlithgow Academy Theatre will play host to several of Scotland’s favourite performers.

  • Back by popular request, Sangsters’ unique style of close-harmony music, combined with Fiona’s special brand of song introduction, makes them longstanding favourites of west Lothian audiences, and they really don’t get over the river from Fife often enough!
  • Linties are great favourites of Linlithgow audiences, and their performances at Linlithgow Folk Festival’s Matt McGinn Nights are only one aspect of their musical talent and versatility.
  • Cockleroy (Neil Macdonald and Bob Proudfoot) are two of West Lothian’s hardest-working and most versatile performers, with a huge repertoire of tunes and songs, many of which they have written themselves. They can regularly be seen playing at Linlithgow Farmers’ Market, and are looking forward to performing in the warm!

Support will be provided by:

  • Sangschule, West Lothian’s own traditional song group with a membership drawn from across the district and beyond.

There will be a licensed bar, Oxfam and Fairtrade stalls.

Starts 7.30 pm (doors open 7.00 pm).

Tickets: £10 (Conc. £8) (unreserved seating) available from ‘Celebrate Linlithgow’ box office at:

  • ‘Far From Madding Crowd’ Bookshop, 50 High Street Linlithgow West Lothian EH49 7AE (opposite Linlithgow Station) or contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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