Festival 2020 - 9th to 13th of September 2020 - 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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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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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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