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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Concert by students from North America

Earlier this year Linlithgow Arts Guild was invited to put on a concert for “Culture Path”, a promoter of international educational and performance tours based in Calgary, Alberta.  90 students from Canada and the USA will be based at Stirling University for a week, and will be performing in the evenings under the banner of “Stirling Bridge International Arts Festival”. Their venues will range from St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh to Ayr Gaity Theatre, Perth Concert Hall, Glasgow and Stirling castle.

Keen to bring the concert to Linlithgow, the Arts Guild felt that this should be an event for all of the town, and enlisted the joint support of Linlithgow Folk Festival Association and Linlithgow Grange Rotary Club. We hope that the whole of Linlithgow will live up to its reputation for the Arts, and for being “Kinde to Strangers”, in welcoming these visitors to our town.

The visitors who will perform on 9th July are:

STRINGENDO – a school for string players in Michigan. They focus from a very early age on learning to play by ear, and they often dance while playing. These dynamic young performers are much sought after in their home area and will show how much fun you can have while learning music theory and performance! Some parents who picked up on the enjoyment have now become their back-up band, known as the “Papas and Mamas.” Their programme includes a potpourri of North American music including bluegrass, western swing, blues and jazz.

BRITISH COLUMBIA BOYS CHOIR – a large organisation which has won international acclaim on tour in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China, South America and of course at home in Canada. Singing in 4 parts the choir is based in the Vancouver area. They have made over 20 recordings. Their music extends from Medieval through classical and popular song to contemporary pieces.

CHELSEA HOUSE ORCHESTRA – “Celtic with a Kick” from Michigan includes string instruments, flutes and clarinets as well as djembe and cajon. The music of these senior high school pupils is lively, featuring Scottish and Irish traditions, Celtic renditions of American folk songs, with a little Hungarian and Rock and Roll thrown in for fun.

The promoter brought similar groups to Scotland last year and we are sure that the young performers, who will range in age from 12 to 24, will be very enthusiastic and entertaining!

Tickets (£10, concessions £8, students £5) are available at "Far from the Madding Crowd", "The Line Gallery", from Linlithgow Grange Rotary members and online at www.LinlithgowArtsGuild.co.uk . There will be no fees or commission payable for on-line sales for this event.  

Tickets are also available at Linlithgow Burgh Halls (01506 282720) . West Lothian Council have indicated that this box office may close at the end of June.

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Matt McGinn Night 2016

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

Fundraising for the Linlithgow Folk Festival in September 2016 continued on Saturday 5th March 2016 when fans paid tribute to the memory of the late great Matt McGinn at an evening of songs and music in the Linlithgow Academy Theatre.

The Glasgow singer, songwriter, poet and raconteur was Scotland’s undisputed “King of Folk” in the 1960s and 70s, and he became a household name in Folk circles throughout the world. Matt went on to be regarded as one of Britain’s most powerful folk writers 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 have become classics.
The Linlithgow Folk Festival Association has played an important role in bringing Matt McGinn's work to life again in an innovative and entertaining way. Previous tribute nights in the town have played to packed houses.  The 2016 event was bigger and better than ever, with singers and musicians from throughout central Scotland interpreting their favourite Matt McGinn songs, stories and poems.

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.

Pictures from our 2016 tribute can be viewed here: https://linlithgowfolkfestivalphotos.shutterfly.com/2016mattmcginn/4

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West Lothian Far From Ypres

Last years West Lothian far, far from Ypres tribute was an evening of song and story about West Lothian during the First World War. This years event, on Friday 12th February, will again be a fine tribute. Tickets available online at www.bathgateregal.org

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Merry Christmas from the LFFA

The Linlithgow Folk Festival Association wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Our next event is the monthly folk session at the Black Bitch Tavern on Sunday 20th December from 2pm onwards.  Hope you may be able to join us.


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