Festival 2019 - 11th to 15th of September 2019 - 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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Please note that the Outdoor Nora Devine Stage at the Cross will now take place in the Masonic Hall from 1.00pm until 5.00pm and the Outdoor Ceilidh at the Vennel will be held in the Burgh Halls from 2.30pm until 4.30pm.

Apologies for these late changes.

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Latest updates to our Festival Programme

We are delighted to welcome another two partners for this years festival:

The Cafe Bar 1807 will hold a "taste" of the festival - where they will be hosting musicians during the afternoon. Why not drop in ?


The Linlithgow Ukulele Group are organising a "Come and Try" Ukulele session in the Masonic Hall from 3.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday 9th September. Some Ukulele's will be provided.


For the latest details on our programme, please visit out facebook page

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There was a Soldier ...

A unique tribute to the people of West Lothian and beyond, and Bangour War Hospital, during WW1. OpenCast, including 11 teenagers, tell, through music and poetry, the story of young men who enlisted with great enthusiasm to defend their country. Includes the story of McCrae's Battalion (Hearts FC) and the Scottish War Hospitals abroad.


Linlithgow Folk Festival stalwarts, Tryst, Neil Macdonald, Walter Williamson and Cockleroy will all be performing - as will a number of talented local young people.  To purchase a ticket, visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/there-was-a-soldier

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Andy McKean Concert on Thursday 7th September

Always a star of our annual Matt McGinn Night, Andy makes a very welcome return to Linlithgow.  This acclaimed singer and songwriter has been performing and writing music for a number of years and has twice won the Falkirk Folk Club songwriting competition.  Andy will sing his own songs, as well as several others, and no Linlithgow gig would be complete without a rendition of Matt McGinn's "Granda"!

The concert starts at 7.30 and ends at 8.30pm at the Black Bitch Tavern (Upstairs).  It's free entry, but donations are welcome.  The concert will be followed by an informal session.

Here is a video of Andy recently performing at the Falkirk Folk Club:


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