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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Spotlight on Festival Partners

From time to time, we will share information on the businesses and organisations that support our Folk Festival and events.  Below is some information on a few such partners:

      Loch House Farm Caravan Park helped the Folk Festival Association with our first Linlithgow Marches float.  We simply couldn't have done it without their support
  Far from the Madding Crowd have, for many years, supported the Folk Festival events by helping sell our tickets in their fantastic book shop
  The musical cruises held during the Folk Festival weekend are always popular.  The support of the team at LUCS is very much appreciated
  The Black Bitch Tavern is our spiritual home - and where our monthly folk sessions are held.  Many years ago, Nora Devine's Linlithgow Folk Club met in the upstairs lounge of the Black Bitch
  Café 1807 is one of our newest partners and we look forward to developing opportunities.  Watch this space!
  The Linlithgow BID are proud sponsors of this years first Youth Festival Showcase event.  We look forward to developing our relationship with the Linlithgow BID
  Linlithgow Rose Social Club is a new venue for us.  It will host Songs and Reels at the Rose, featuring four of Scotlands finest young traditional musicians - including our very own Burgh Piper Ross Miller.

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Want to volunteer at the 2017 Folk Festival ?

The Linlithgow Folk Festival Association comprises a team of dedicated individuals.  However, we would welcome some extra help (moving chairs and tables, manning the merchandise stall, box office, etc) during the Linlithgow Folk Festival.  The Festival is from 6th September to 10 September 2017.


If you would like to help for a few hours, please complete the Volunteering form on our website: http://www.linlithgowfolk.com/index.php/contact/volunteering

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Invitation to perform during festival at Brae Court

On Thursday 7th September, members of the Linlithgow Folk Festival Association and our friends will perform at Brae Court, the Sheltered Housing complex on the main street which has had a long association with the Folk Festival. The evening’s entertainment starts at 6.30pm and ends at 8.00pm.

If you would like to join us entertaining our friends at Brae Court Retirement Housing, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

With your help we can create a room full of music!

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Linlithgow BID Supports Youth Festival Showcase

The Linlithgow Folk Festival Association is delighted that Linlithgow BID are to financially support our Youth Festival Showcase event.

We look forward to developing links to enhance both the festival and businesses in Linlithgow.  To learn more about Linlithgow BID, please visit:  http://linlithgow.info/town-centre-bid

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Barluath - Saturday 9 September 2017

We are delighted to welcome back this exciting young band. Formed in Glasgow in 2010, Barluath have established themselves as a dynamic powerhouse of Scottish traditional music that have delighted audiences both at home and overseas.

As Danny Kyle Open Stage Award winners in 2012, the band released their first album ‘Source’ and began touring extensively. In 2014, they were nominated for ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at the Trad Music Awards, shortly before the release of their second album ‘At Dawn of Day’ in 2015.

They first came to Linlithgow in 2011, when they were one of several young bands on the Folk Festival’s Nora Devine Stage at the Cross. They so impressed the organisers, that they were asked back in 2012 to be the support act to Ralph McTell at that year’s headline event.
Their debut album was produced by Phil Cunningham, who said: “One of life’s great pleasures is witnessing the creation of something new. So has it been with Barluath. I’ve had the pleasure of watching these talented players coming together as a band and sharing their individual fortes to create this unique ensemble. They breathe new life into old songs and tunes and bring new compositions to the table with great flair and passion.”

Since the release of their second album Barluath have toured extensively throughout Europe with trips to Germany, Denmark, France, the Czech Republic and Washington D.C. Each trip has exposed them to new musical styles, which they embrace in their live performances.  They have also been nominated for ‘Folk Band of the Year’ at the MG Alba Scots Music Awards 2016.


East Lothian singer-songwriter, George Machray, is well-known on the Scottish folk scene and a regular visitor to sessions in Linlithgow.  Tonight, hear him perform some of his highly entertaining and moving songs, mainly about the East Lothian area (e.g. “Quays o Cockenny”, “Lazy moon over Embra Toun”). His comic songs (“Hawkeye the noo”, “Grubby thoughts”, “Swinging in Dunbar”) are bound to entertain and you will also be able to enjoy more of his well-crafted creations.

  • Venue:  Linlithgow Academy Theatre, Braehead Road, Linlithgow, EH49 7EN
  • Time:  7.30pm - 10.10pm (Bar opens 6.30pm, entry into hall 7pm).
  • Cost:  Tickets £15.  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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