Festival 2021 - 9th to 12th of September 2021 - 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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RCS BA Scottish Music Year 2 Tour

The cream of Scotland’s young traditional musicians are coming to Linlithgow for a concert in the Academy Theatre on Friday May 8th from 7.30pm.   Among them will be local lad, Ross Miller, who is well known for his Marches Day role as the Burgh Piper. Currently in second year of the Scottish Music course at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow (RCS) Ross will be making the trip home with his fellow students, as he explained:

“As part of the second year course, we are required to organise our own music tour. We are given a budget and the ten students are split up into small sub teams, with individual roles and responsibilities. Our mini-tour will end with a performance in Linlithgow, in partnership with the local Folk Festival Association”.

The concert will feature several traditional and contemporary tunes, arrangements and Scots and Gaelic songs from ten of Scotland’s finest up and coming young Folk musicians. They will also be joined by Conservatoire MA student, Ryan Young, who was a finalist in the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2015 competition. The sets in the programme will range from the full eleven piece ensemble playing as a group, to small groups and solo spots.

The instrumentation of the full band comprises vocals, pipes, fiddle, whistle, flute, harp, accordion, cello, guitar and piano. The students have played with various bands and ensembles all over the world in countries such as Russia, America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and China as well as around Europe.

Tickets, priced £10, can be bought from:

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Barbara Dickson with Nick Holland

As a multi-million selling recording artist, with an equally impressive Olivier Award-winning acting career, Barbara Dickson OBE has firmly established herself as one of the most enduring and popular entertainers in Britain today.

She is coming to Linlithgow on Saturday 23rd May for a Gala Concert in the Academy Theatre from 7pm.

Barbara Dickson emerged from the Scottish Folk Revival of the 1960s and has become the biggest-selling Scottish female artiste of all time.  Known to a wider audience in the 1970s and 1980s, with hits including Answer Me, Another suitcase in another hall, The Caravan Song and I know him so well, she enjoyed ten years of chart success as a pop star.

As an actress, she has appeared in award-winning theatre productions John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert, and Spend, Spend, Spend. In Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers, she was the original Mrs Johnstone and the author’s muse.

Barbara has returned to her roots once again, after a musical odyssey of 40 years creating music, playing guitar and piano, acting and song writing and the concert with Nick Holland in Linlithgow on May 23rd is a culmination of her journey so far.

Asked what the highlight of her career has been, she says, “I don’t know. It hasn’t happened yet!”

Support will be by the Duncan McCrone Band.

Tickets for the Gala Concert on Saturday 23rd May at 7pm - priced £25 - can be bought from:

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Songwriters' Acoustic Open Stage

Songwriters' Acoustic Open Stage – Linlithgow – Friday 27th March

The West Lothian Songwriters' Group has been bringing local songwriters together for about 15 years. Celebrating its recent relaunch under its new name (SongWeavers), the group would like to invite local songwriters to join them for an evening of sharing songs and enjoying some of the great material that is being written locally.

Chair of SongWeavers, Anice Gilland, says:“It will be a really entertaining evening for people who want to come along to listen to new songs, and a great opportunity for song-writers to be able to perform their songs – all for free!”

The Open Stage will be held in the upstairs lounge of the Black Bitch Tavern, West Port, Linlithgow EH49 7AZ, where the group currently meets on the first Monday of each month.

Friday March 27th at 7.30 pm - FREE ENTRY for performers and audience!

If you would like further information, or would like to book a 15 minute spot please contact Anice Gilland on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They will have a small p.a. available.

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Matt McGinn Night 2015

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

Fundraising for the Linlithgow Folk Festival in September 2015 will continue on Saturday March 7th 2015 when fans pay 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 2014 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.

Tickets are now SOLD OUT.

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West Lothian Far From Ypres

In November 2014, the 'West Lothian Far From Ypres' tribute was held at Strathbrock Partnership Centre in Broxburn.

The tribute will be held again, at the Regal in Bathgate, on Friday 27th February 2015.  To book tickets, click on: www.bathgateregal.org

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