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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Okefenokee Reunion Band - Saturday 14 September 2019


We are delighted to welcome the Okefenokee Bluegrass Band back to Linlithgow for this special concert in the Rose Social Club.

Forty years ago, there was very little knowledge of Bluegrass Music in Scotland. Today there is a thriving scene with many great players. Okefenokee Bluegrass Band were pioneers for Bluegrass in Scotland, if not the UK. They introduced the music through Folk Clubs, Festivals and Pub Gigs. They became very successful on the music scene and expanded to a large Road Show which included a Clogging Dance Troupe and a Dance Caller.

The band played at many events throughout the country to the delight of audiences of all ages.

The Okefenokee band retired due to other commitments in other fields however, they all remained close friends. Six years ago, they decided to get back together again for a series of gigs to celebrate their long friendship. The first of these reunion gigs was in Linlithgow, because Linlithgow Folk Club was where it all started with their first professional gig.

Bluegrass music is now firmly established as part of Linlithgow Folk Festival and we are very pleased to welcome back the pioneering Okefenokee Bluegrass Band for our 2019 concert.

Ticketing:

  • Venue:  Linlithgow Rose Social Club, Braehead Road EH49 6HF
  • Time:  8pm - 10.15pm (Doors open 7.15pm)
  • Cost:  Admission £10 on the door
  • Tickets are also available from Far From the Madding Crowd, 20 High Street, Linlithgow EH49 7AE. Tickets can be booked online at www.linlithgowfolk.yapsody.com

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Smith & McClennan - Friday 13 September 2019


Headlining our milestone 20th anniversary Festival will be Smith and McClennan, who will be making a welcome return to Linlithgow.

Multi award-winning Scottish singer Emily Smith and New Zealand born songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jamie McClennan have been making music together for over fifteen years. Having spent much of 2016 off the road (with Emily on maternity leave), the couple took time off to focus on writing new material. The fruits of their labours were two albums, the first of which - Unplugged - was released in April 2018. It features ten tracks, with seven previously unrecorded songs, including three preview tracks from their studio album coming out later this year.

The duo’s new sound features originals by Jamie and reworked traditional material from Scotland and New Zealand, drawing on influences from the Folk tradition, Americana and beyond. With rich vocal harmonies, accordion, fiddle and sublime guitar backing, they are one of the most vibrant duos on the UK Folk scene today. Emily and Jamie have recently returned from an extensive tour of New Zealand and are very much looking forward to playing at the Linlithgow headline concert on Friday September 13th.

SUPPORT BY FORTH STREET

Forth Street are a seven-piece band who met at the Tolbooth traditional music classes in Stirling. With musicianship rivalling many of the top young acts in the Scottish folk scene today the band’s youthful energy centres on the music traditions and cultures of the Stirlingshire area and beyond. Already making a fantastic reputation for themselves, they are only going to get better and better. Fiddle Bruce McQuaid, Alexander Malcolm, Carla Subke, Roisin Diamond, Orla Diamond Accordion Tom Mackay Guitar Jamie McQuaid.

Ticketing:

  • Venue:  Linlithgow Rose Social Club, Braehead Road, Linlithgow, EH49 6HF
  • Time:  7.30pm - 10.15pm (doors open 7.00pm)
  • Cost:  Tickets £12.  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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National Centre of Excellence in Trad. Music - Tour 2019

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Matt McGinn Tribute Night 2019

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

Forty two 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 2nd March 2019.

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 2019 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.

Licensed bar.  Please note this is NOT a BYOB event.  Bar opens at 6.30pm / Doors open at 7.00pm.  All seats unreserved.

Tickets are SOLD OUT.

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