Festival 2021 - 9th 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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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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Linlithgow Folk Festival Association AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Linlithgow Folk Festival Association will be held on Monday 12th November from 8pm in the upstairs lounge of the Black Bitch Tavern, Linlithgow.  Although the meeting is open to all, only members of the Association will be able to vote.

If you intend attending the AGM, please let us know by contacting our Secretary.  This will help us gauge numbers.

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Linlithgow App - Now Available

Pride and Passion Linlithgow have launched a new Apple and Android app.

The Linlithgow Heritage Trail, local shops, businesses, services, local organisations and the current Events Diary can all be found on it.  You can find it in the Apple App Store and in Google Play (for Android) - simply search for Linlithgow.

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