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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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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Matt McGinn Night 2014

Linlithgow Honours Scotland's"King of Folk"
Keeps Matt McGinn Singing!
Fundraising for the Linlithgow Folk Festival in September will continue on Saturday March 8th 2014 when 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.

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 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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Passing of Iain Macdonald, Friend of the Festival

MR IAIN MACDONALD: I was very sorry to hear this morning of the sudden passing of another great supporter of Linlithgow Folk Festival - Mr Iain MacDonald from Aberdeen.  I don't think Iain had ever missed a Festival since its inception in 1999 and he was always to be found making his own significant contribution to the sessions.

A songwriter of some considerable repute, he collaborated on many projects with his brother Neil and barely a week went past without communication on new material flying between Linlithgow and Aberdeen.

Our sympathies go to Neil, Grace and all the MacDonald family in Scotland and all over the world.

Murdoch Kennedy
Chairman, Linlithgow Folk Festival Association
12 February 2014

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