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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The Daddy Naggins - Friday 8 September

Back by popular demand in a bigger venue after last year’s debut appearance in Linlithgow, The Daddy Naggins are a Glasgow-based bluegrass band that play rip-roaring bluegrass and folk classics, as well as modern pop and rock songs. Formed in 2010 by Darren Young and Garry McFadden, on guitar and banjo respectively, the band also feature Hazel Finlay on bass fiddle and Laura-Beth Salter on mandolin, with occasional guest appearances from some of Glasgow’s finest traditional and bluegrass musicians.

The Daddy Naggins play music in an upbeat and enthusiastic manner and always try to get the audience’s feet tapping! They have played all over the UK and can usually be seen on a weekly basis around Scotland’s central belt. Please check them out and tell your friends that the bluegrass train is coming to town - AGAIN!!


  • Venue:  Linlithgow Academy Theatre, Braehead Road, Linlithgow EH49 7EN
  • Time:  8pm - 10.30pm (Bar opens 7pm, entry into hall at 7.30pm)
  • Cost:  Admission £10.  Tickets available from Far From the Madding Crowd, 20 High Street, Linlithgow EH49 7AE. Online booking via www.linlithgowfolk.yapsody.com, also available at the door.  All seats unreserved. Licensed bar

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Linlithgow Marches - Best New Local Entry Float

The Linlithgow Folk Festival Association took part in the Linlithgow Marches on Tuesday 13 June 2017.

We are delighted that our float won the Eric Sneddon Memorial Trophy for best new local entry.  Below are a few pictures from the day:

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Ceilidh in support of 1st Step Cafe - Saturday 6th May

The 1st Step Cafe, based at the Longcroft Hall, is a volunteer-led community group supporting people in recovery from addiction.

On Saturday 6th May, they will be celebrating their 2nd year with a ceilidh.   If you fancy 'swinging your kilt' or just supporting this fantastic cafe and group, the ceilidh starts at 7.30pm.  There will be lots of dancing, a buffet and a raffle.

Admission is free if you're wearing a kilt or by donation at the door. So why not go along, join them at Longcroft Hall (next to Westport Hotel), Linlithgow. The Skelpit Lug Ceilidh Band will get everyone up dancing and comes with a caller who should keep everyone right!

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Matt McGinn Tribute Night 2017

Linlithgow Honours Scotland's "King of Folk"
Keep Matt McGinn Singing!

Almost exactly 40 years after his tragic death in 1977, Folk music fans will pay tribute to the memory of the late great Matt McGinn at an evening of songs and music in the Linlithgow Academy Theatre on Saturday March 4th.

The Glasgow singer, songwriter, poet and raconteur was Scotland’s undisputed “King of Folk” in the 1960s and 70s. The rare talents of Matt McGinn made him a household name in Scotland and in Folk circles throughout the world. In 1962 he sang in a concert in New York's Carnegie Hall with Pete Seeger and a young Bob Dylan.

Matt went on to be regarded as one of Britain’s most powerful songwriters and became one of Scotland’s leading folksingers of his time. He died in 1977 at the age of only 49, but left some 500 songs, many of which, such as the Red Yo-Yo and Coorie Doon have become classics.

In recent years, Linlithgow Folk Festival Association has played a pivotal role in reviving Matt McGinn's work  and presenting it in an innovative and entertaining way. Previous tribute nights in the town have played to packed houses.  The 2017 event promises to be bigger and better than ever, with singers and musicians of all ages from throughout central Scotland interpreting their favourite Matt McGinn material.

The Matt McGinn Night is a major fundraiser for the Linlithgow Folk Festival and all entertainers give their services free as a gesture of support. Proceeds from the show are used at the Festival to organise an outdoor music initiative at Linlithgow Cross - THE NORA DEVINE STAGE - which gives budding artistes the opportunity to perform at the very heart of the Festival.

For many years, the late Nora Devine ran the famous Linlithgow Folk Club and brought Matt McGinn to the town on several occasions.  

Tickets for the Matt McGinn Night are now SOLD OUT.

Licensed bar.  Please note this is NOT a BYOB event.  Please also be aware that parking spaces will be limited on the 4th March as another function is being held in a separate wing of the school.

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