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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Linlithgow Town Twinning


Many members of the LFFA will know of the close connections between local “Folkies” and our friends from Guyancourt, our twin-town just outside Paris.    Some of them have attended our annual festival in recent years and performed under their chosen name of “The McFroggies”.

The main exchange takes place at Easter and from April 14th – 17th in 2017 a larger than usual group will be coming here to Linlithgow and District to be hosted by local families. They will take part in a programme of activities including a Seminar, a Saturday evening dinner and ceilidh, and a Sunday evening singaround.

Several of our very active LFFA personnel are involved including Murdoch and Martine, Neil and Grace, Trish and Ivor, and Christine and John.

Next year more hosting families are needed to accommodate the visitors and the Twinning Committee would love to hear from anyone who might be interested in hosting visitors for these 3 nights and joining us in a weekend of companionship and fun which does so much to foster the true spirit of “The Auld Alliance”.

If you might be interested or would like more details please do not hesitate to contact any of those mentioned above or myself at –

Neil Macdonald                This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                 Tel ; 01506 844392
(Committee member of both LFFA and Linlithgow Twinning Association)

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Passing of Jane Donnelly, Friend of the Festival


We were all so sorry to hear of the loss of one of our most devoted festival supporters, the lovely Jane Donnelly - our very own "Lady Jane". A wonderful musician and ace person, who will be sorely missed at our and other festivals.



Jane loved coming through to make music in Linlithgow and all her friends in the town were very dear to her. We were, in turn, devoted and indebted to her. Every year, when she came through to stay at my house during the Folk Festival, she would joke that she was coming through to her "country residence".

A few years ago, while researching her family tree, Jane was over the moon to discover that one of her forebears came from Linlithgow and was a Burgess of the burgh, no less. From them on, she was always very proud of her historic link with the town.

Jane's funeral will take place on Friday October 21st at Dalnottar crematorium in Clydebank and Linlithgow Folk Festival Association will be well represented.

RIP, Lady Jane. We will never forget you.

Murdoch Kennedy
Chair, Linlithgow Folk Festival Association

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Monthly Music Sessions at the Black Bitch Tavern


The Black Bitch Tavern is now our venue for both the Thursday and Sunday monthly music sessions. If you would like to come along, you will be made most welcome!

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Linlithgow Folk Festival Association AGM 2016


The Annual General Meeting of the Linlithgow Folk Festival Association will be held on Monday 14th November from 8.00pm in the upstairs lounge of the Black Bitch Tavern, Linlithgow.

Although the meeting is open to all, only members of the Association are eligible to vote. If you intend attending the AGM, please let us know by contacting our Secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). This will help us gauge numbers.

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