Festival 2021 - 8th 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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Linlithgow Oxfam Folk Night

We are happy to advertise the Linlithgow Oxfam Group annual Folk Night – one of the major ways in which the group collects money for the crucial work of Oxfam across the world.

On Saturday 2nd November from 7.30pm, Linlithgow Academy Theatre will play host to several of Scotland’s favourite performers - including Stephen Quigg (formerly of the McCalmans), renowned singer Aileen Carr and Edinburgh/Midlothian group Ragged Glory.   The event will also feature Sangschule, West Lothian’s own traditional song group with a membership drawn from across the district and beyond.

Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions) and will be available from ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ bookshop, 20 High St. Linlithgow (cash or cheques only) after the 21st September.  Alternatively, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There will be a licensed bar, Oxfam and Fairtrade stalls.

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The Outside Track - Headline Act at Folk Festival in September

We are delighted to announce that The Outside Track will be our headline act at the Linlithgow Folk Festival in September.  They will play the Linlithgow Academy Theatre on Saturday 14 September 2013.

Outside Track are a five piece group of musicians from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver.  It’s members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation. Using fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, step-dance and vocals these five virtuosos blend boundless energy with unmistakable joie de vivre.

Each player within The Outside Track is a master of their chosen instrument with the band stacking up an impressive amount of international awards.

The line up comprises Aoife Black,  Mairi Rankin (Beolach),  Ailie Robertson (Live Ireland Winner, BBC Young Trad Finalist),  Fiona Black (BBC Fame Academy Winner) and Cillian O'Dalaigh.

The band have enjoyed 5 years of extensive touring in the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA, including appearances at Celtic Connections.

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Ticket information:

  • Venue: Linlithgow Academy Theatre, Braehead Road, EH49 6EH (with licensed bar)
  • From: 7.30pm
  • Admission: £15 adults (£10 under 21s and students). All seats unreserved from the BOX OFFICE: Burgh Halls Linlithgow. Tel: 01506 282720
  • BUY ONLINE: http://www.linlithgowplus.org.uk/offer-details.php?id=23 (via LinlithgowPlus)

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The 15th Linlithgow Folk Festival Programme


The 15th Linlithgow Folk Festival promises to be the best yet!

To view the programme, click on the link below or visit the Festival 2013 section of our website.

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

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Okefenokee Bluegrass Band & the Mairi Orr Band


Pioneers for Bluegrass in Scotland, the Okefenokee Bluegrass Band became very successful on the music scene, to the delight of audiences of all ages. The band retired due to other commitments, but this year they are back together again for a series of gigs to celebrate their long friendship and it is fitting that the first of these reunion gigs is in Linlithgow as it all started here, with their first professional gig.

Also, Scottish singer/songwriter Mairi Orr has been a regular in the Edinburgh and Lothians bluegrass and folk scene since 2004. Her melodic style and acoustic set-up draw from American roots music and Scottish traditional music, offering original songs and other interpretations which nod towards current Americana and contemporary Scottish Folk.

See http://mairiorr.com

  • Date: Friday 13 September 2013
  • From: 8pm (Doors Open 7.30pm)
  • Venue: Queen Margaret Hall, Blackness Road, EH49 7JA
  • Admission: £10 in advance from the Burgh Halls, Linlithgow (01506 282720) or on the door. Licensed bar
  • BUY ONLINE: http://www.linlithgowplus.org.uk/offer-details.php?id=21 (via LinlithgowPlus)

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TV PERSONALITY GIVES FOLK FESTIVAL A FUNDRAISING BOOST!


Linlithgow Folk Festival organisers will continue their fundraising efforts on Friday April 26th when they present “An evening with Isla St Clair” in the Queen Margaret Hall at 7.30pm.

Isla St Clair is remembered by millions for her numerous television appearances, including the Royal Variety Show, the Morecambe and Wise Show and, most notably, as co-host with Larry Grayson on the BBC's long-running The Generation Game, for which she won "Female TV Personality of the Year".  Her television series The Song and the Story won the coveted European award “Prix Jeunesse”

With her media high-profile, it is sometimes forgotten that Isla is first and foremost a singer - and a brilliant one at that. At the age of 10 she was 'storming' the Folk Clubs, and since then has sung all over the world - from the Troubadour in Los Angeles to a football stadium in Moscow.

She is widely acknowledged as one of Britain’s foremost traditional singers and has won the award of “Best Female Folk Singer"   Her albums have received critical acclaim world-wide and  “The Scotsman” rated her "the best exponent of Scottish Song” of the Year". Her current stage performance is a wonderful fusion of tradition.  Her current stage performance – “An Evening with Isla St Clair” is a wonderful fusion of traditional and modern classics, spiced with humorous personal experiences as singer and broadcaster.  We are delighted that Isla will be supported by local band SKIRLIE.

Tickets, priced £10, can be bought from:

  • Norman Cummings Textiles, the Vennel, Linlithgow, tel: 01506 842013
  • The Black Bitch Tavern, tel: 01506 842147
  • Linlithgow Folk Festival Association, tel: 01506  844392

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