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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The Auld Alliance is alive & well with Christine Bovill

Linlithgow Folk Festival Association had developed close links with Linlithgow Twinning Association and many members participate in both organisations. The Twinning Association will be marking its 30th anniversary when Guyancourt Twinners come to Linlithgow over the Easter weekend in 2019.

To start the celebrations Linlithgow Twinning Association is proud to present a concert starring Christine Bovill whose shows at the Edinburgh Fringe have consistently sold out.

Christine Bovill PIAF

The award-winning Glasgow born chanteuse threads her own remarkable journey in song with the life and works of Edith Piaf. No gimmicks. No pretence. Nothing but a voice, smoky and evocative, singing of life’s triumphs and tragedies. A powerful musical homage to France’s most endearing and enduring icon. Christine Bovill’s Piaf has thrilled audiences in London, Berlin, Ireland and the Far East.

This outstanding performer will grace the stage at Linlithgow Academy, Braehead Road, Linlithgow EH49 6EH on Saturday 13th October 2018 from 7.30pm with tickets costing £12. This will be a BYOB event and doors will open from 7.00pm.


  • Venue:  Linlithgow Academy Theatre, Braehead Road EH49 6HF
  • Time:    7.30pm  (Doors open 7.00pm)
  • Cost:    £12
  • Tickets are available from Far from the Madding Crowd, 20 High Street Linlithgow EH49 7AE and Fair Tradewinds, 131-133 high Street Linlithgow EH49 7EJ.  Tickets can be booked online at www.linlithgowfolk.yapsody.com

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Songs & Reels at the Rose with Hannah Rarity Band - Thursday 6 September 2018

Back by popular request, this year’s event at the Rose Social Club will feature BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018 - West Lothian’s very own Hannah Rarity - and her fabulous band.

Recently featured in The Scotsman as ‘one to watch in 2018’, Hannah’s spellbinding voice and warm, genuine stage manner have seen her become one of Scotland’s foremost young singers.

Since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2016, she has toured internationally with the renowned Irish-American traditional group ‘Cherish the Ladies’, appeared as a soloist on BBC Scotland’s Hogmanay Live 2016, sold out her 2017 Edinburgh Fringe debut and featured in projects for the RSNO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC Northern Ireland TV.

Hannah’s debut EP ‘Beginnings’ marked an exciting chapter in her already remarkable career. Her thoughtful interpretations of traditional material, and sensitive, self-penned songs are skilfully backed by her band. Together they create intricate and fiery arrangements, which are as exciting as they are moving.

For “Songs and Reels at the Rose”, Hannah will be joined by the brilliant young musicians Sally Simpson (fiddle/viola), Innes White (guitar), John Lowrie (piano) and Conan McDonagh (whistle).


  • Venue:  Linlithgow Rose Social Club, Braehead Road EH49 6HF
  • Timing:  8pm - 10.15pm (Doors open at 7.15pm)
  • Cost:  £10 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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Whitetop Mountain Band - Friday 7 September '18

As part of their 2018 UK tour, this family-based band from Whitetop, Virginia is making a very welcome third visit to Linlithgow. Whitetop is an area rich in the old time music tradition and the band has deep roots in mountain music. The members have done much to preserve the Whitetop region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style.

Their shows are very versatile and entertaining, including everything from fiddle/banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers,old timey ballads and four-part mountain gospel songs. The Whitetop Mountain Band is well known for high energy and charisma on stage and their shows also include flat foot dancing.

The 2018 UK Tour line-up will feature “Whitetop Mountain Girls” – Emily Spencer (banjo and vocals), Martha Spencer (fiddle, vocals and dance), Kelley Breiding (guitar and vocals), and Debbie Bramer (bass, vocals and dance).

  • Venue:  Linlithgow Rose Social Club, Braehead Road EH49 6HF
  • Time:  8pm - 10.30pm (Doors open 7.15pm)
  • Cost:  Admission £10 on the door
  • Tickets are also available from Far From the Madding Crowd, 20 High Street, Linlithgow EH49 7AE. Tickets can be booked online at www.linlithgowfolk.yapsody.com

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Ralph McTell - Saturday 8 September 2018

Best known for his international hit “Streets of London”, Ralph McTell has been a stalwart of the British acoustic music scene for the last five decades. He has enjoyed a 50 year, 350 song career, which has taken him from street busking across Europe to solo shows at the Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

Known for his virtuoso guitar style, he is primarily a prolific and gifted songwriter. With a style that invites you into a unique world, he weaves a narrative that is both significant and poignant.

Ralph made his debut in 1968 with the album “Eight Frames a Second” and in 1974, the release of “Streets of London” earned him an Ivor Novello Award. In 2002, he was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Tonight, Ralph will be playing songs from his full catalogue.


Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East. A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, Iona embraces the repertoire of her native North East throughout the UK and Europe. Following her outstanding performance at our “Songs and Reels at the Rose”event last year, we are delighted to welcome her back to Linlithgow and our headline concert. Iona will be accompanied by musicians Jack Badcock and Ross Miller, Linlithgow’s very own world champion Town Piper.
  • Venue:  Linlithgow Academy Theatre, Braehead Road, Linlithgow, EH49 7EN
  • Time:  7.30pm - 10.30pm (Doors open 6.30pm, entry into hall 7pm)
  • Cost:  Tickets £25.  All seats unreserved.  Licensed bar
  • Tickets available from 'Far From the Madding Crowd', 20 High Street, Linlithgow, EH49 7AE.  Online booking available via www.linlithgowfolk.yapsody.com

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