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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The Muckle Sing

Love Singing?  Then why not spend Valentine’s Day at THE MUCKLE SING? It will be held on Saturday 14 February 2015 from 10am to 5.30pm at Queen Margaret Hall, Blackness Road, Linlithgow, EH49 7JA.

A day of workshops for community singing groups and individual singers, led by Siobhan & Brian Miller, plus an opportunity for informal group performances.  The Muckle Sing has been an integral part of previous biennial West Lothian Singers’ Gatherings, and in 2008 became a “stand-alone” event, allowing community singing groups, choirs, as well as individuals, to join together in the great pleasure of singing and harmony.

All are welcome - from the beginner to the experienced performer and no need to be able to read music. This event is hosted by the TMSA (Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland) Edinburgh and Lothians Branch.

For more information, please visit their website at:  www.eltmsa.org.uk

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Matt McGinn Tickets on Sale

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

undraising for this year's Linlithgow Folk Festival in September popular event continues on Saturday March 9th 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 at 7.30pm.

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 2013 event promises to be 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.

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Merry Christmas from the LFFA

The Linlithgow Folk Festival Association wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Our next event is the monthly folk session at the Football & Cricketers' Arms on Thursday 8th January from 8pm onwards.  Hope you may be able to join us.


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Linlithgow Reed Band Christmas Concert


We are pleased to support our friends at the Linlithgow Reed Band by promoting their Christmas Concert in St Michael’s Church on Sunday 14 December 2014 at 7pm.

The evening will be compered by Bruce Jamieson in his inimitable style and promises to be an entertaining mix of sparkling festive music and community carols.

The proceeds from the concert will be shared between the Reed Band and Linlithgow Community Development Trust.

Tickets are priced at a very reasonable £6, and are available from Far From The Madding Crowd, Norman Cummings and also at the door.


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Ian Bruce and Iain Walker - in aid of Lothian Autistic Society

On Friday 7th November, Ian Bruce and Iain Walker will perform at Linlithgow Primary School in aid of Lothian Autistic Society.  Please see poster below.

A great opportunity to support traditional music locally and the Lothian Autistic Society.


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