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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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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Passing of Pete Seeger, American Folk Legend

We are sad to learn of the passing of Pete Seeger.  He was born in 1919 and became a fixture on radio in the 1940’s.  As a member of the Weavers, he had a string of hits in the 1950’s.  Into the 1960’s he was prolific singer of protest music for civil rights, environmental causes and disarmament.

He was still active in his 90’s, singing, writing music and, as ever, marching in solidarity for issues close to his heart.

Sadly, on Monday 27th January, he passed away in his sleep and we send our condolences to Pete's family at this sad time.

The Linlithgow Folk Festival Association regularly received messages of Support, from Pete, for the annual Matt McGinn night.

Linlithgow Folk Festival Association


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Burns Ceilidh Party with Cockleroy

Why not join LFFA stalwarts Cockleroy to celebrate Burns Night on Saturday 25th January 2014 at the Howden Park Centre, Livingston.  The night will also include performances from Shannly School of Dance and Quill. The evening is jam-packed with foot-tapping jigs and reels which are sure to fill the dance floor all night long.

Guests will be piped in at 7pm and the haggis addressed at 7.30pm.  The band will perform a selection of Scots tunes while guests enjoy their buffet meal.  The meal will be followed by readings from local poetry group Quill, after which the dancing will begin with Cockleroy, interspersed with Burns songs and recitations.  An excellent evening not to be missed!

  • Ticket Cost: £20 - includes haggis (meat or veggie), neeps and tatties and a wee nip to address the haggis
  • To purchase: contact the Box Office on 01506 777666

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Passing of Colin Galloway, Friend of the Festival


I was very sorry to hear this morning of the sudden passing of Canal Society stalwart, Colin Galloway.
Colin (pictured wearing a cap) was a great friend and supporter of the Linlithgow Folk Festival and his advice, encouragement and practical help will be sadly missed. He gave an enthusiastic welcome to the events at the Canal Centre over the Festival weekend and was always very keen to strengthen the links between the two organisations.
Our deepest sympathy is extended to his wife Joy and family at this very said time.

Murdoch Kennedy
Chairman, Linlithgow Folk Festival Association
12 November 2013


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Linlithgow Folk Festival Association AGM 2013

The Annual General Meeting of the Linlithgow Folk Festival Association will be held on Monday 11th November from 7.30pm in the upstairs lounge of the Black Bitch Tavern, Linlithgow.  Although the meeting is open to all, only members of the Association will be able to vote.

If you intend attending the AGM, please let us know by contacting our Secretary.  This will help us gauge numbers.

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