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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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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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.


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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