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 16th Linlithgow Folk Festival Programme

The 16th Linlithgow Folk Festival promises to be the best yet!

To view the programme, click on the link below or visit the Festival 2014 section of our website.

  -  the programme in PDF format, click here
  -  listing of free events during the festival, click here

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Festival Bluegrass Bonanza

Dapper McDans

With the ‘Dapper McDans’, the American roots have found their way back across the Atlantic to Scotland.

They can be found in the pubs, festivals and sheds of the Central Belt of Scotland, playing a laid-back acoustic mixture of bluegrass, old time and traditional Celtic music.

North Atlantic Duo

Cheyenne Brown (harp) and Dave Currie (dobro/guitar/vocals) are 2/3s of the North Atlantic Trio. They combine Scottish, Irish, old-time Appalachian and bluegrass music with their own original compositions in a unique music mix. The trio recently released their debut album, “Some Part of Something”, which has been critically acclaimed as a “particularly tasty transatlantic crossover” (Songlines), and “a flawless coming together of cross-genre, mixed influence, multicultural music… sublimely melodic and intensely gorgeous” (Folkwords).

Time: 7.30pm - 10.30pm
Venue: Queen Margaret Hall, Blackness Road, EH49 7JA
Admission: £10

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Headline Concert with Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham

Headline Concert with Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham

Back by popular demand! Aly Bain is Scotland’s supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing is unique - driving, committed and pure - with vibrant, unmistakable tone that has earned him a following of ardent fans throughout the world. Teamed with Phil Cunningham - one of the most exciting and innovative accordion players of the times. Phil has taken this instrument from strength to strength, setting the standards by which many young players fix their sights today.

Supported by Carissa Bovill

A multi-instrumentalist and an honours graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Music, Carissa is a highly talented singer and performer, who can entrance audiences with her impassioned compositions as well as her interpretation of traditional works.

Time: 8pm (Doors open 7.30pm)
Venue: Linlithgow Academy Theatre, EH49 6EH
Admission: £18 all seats unreserved. Licensed bar
BOX OFFICE: Burgh Halls Linlithgow tel: 01506 282720

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Spring Concert – Dougie MacLean

 An element of the Linlithgow Civic Festival will be the Linlithgow Folk Festival Association Spring Concert.  Our Spring Concert will be held in a large marquee in the grounds of Linlithgow Rugby Football Club on Saturday 14th June 2014 and we are delighted to announce that Dougie MacLean will headline the evening.

Described as "one of Scotland's premier singer-songwriters" Dougie MacLean has built an international reputation as songwriter, composer and extraordinary performer on his own terms. This talent has taken his performance to concerts and festivals all over the world and to the stages of Carnegie Hall in New York, London’s Festival Theatre and the Sydney Opera House.

His songs have been covered by hosts of artists including Scottish stars Paolo Nutini & Amy MacDonald, Irish greats Ronan Keating, Mary & Frances Black, Dolores Keane, Deanta and Cara Dillon, and Grammy award winning US country singer Kathy Mattea. His anthem Caledonia has topped the Scottish charts and become one of Scotland’s most popular contemporary songs. His music has been used in Hollywood films (eg Last of the Mohicans), TV Drama (eg BBC’s A Mugs Game) and he has been the subject of three BBC TV Specials (The Land - Songs of Dougie MacLean, SongRoads and Clann na Mara - Children of the Sea).

Dougie will be supported by the excellent Celtic QuinesThree of Scotland’s finest female vocalists - Katherine Macleod, Celine Donohue and Eilidh Grant - are the Celtic Quines.  All three have first class singing ability and a love of good songs. Katherine, Celine and Eilidh emerged on the folk scene by different routes. This variety of backgrounds serves to make a Celtic Quines performance all the richer.

We are sure that the event will be a fantastic evening for all.

Tickets, priced £18, are on sale now from the Box Office at the Burgh Halls on 01506 282720.

(Photo of Dougie MacLean: Rob McDougall)


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Folk Festival 2014

The 2014 Folk Festival will be from Wednesday 10th to Sunday 14th September.  Put the dates in your diary!

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