Linlithgow Honours Scotland's "King of Folk"
Keep Matt McGinn Singing!
Almost exactly 40 years after his tragic death in 1977, Folk music 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 on Saturday March 4th.
The Glasgow singer, songwriter, poet and raconteur was Scotland’s undisputed “King of Folk” in the 1960s and 70s. The rare talents of Matt McGinn made him a household name in Scotland and in Folk circles throughout the world. In 1962 he sang in a concert in New York's Carnegie Hall with Pete Seeger and a young Bob Dylan.
Matt went on to be regarded as one of Britain’s most powerful songwriters 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, such as the Red Yo-Yo and Coorie Doon have become classics.
In recent years, Linlithgow Folk Festival Association has played a pivotal role in reviving Matt McGinn's work and presenting it in an innovative and entertaining way. Previous tribute nights in the town have played to packed houses. The 2017 event promises to be bigger and better than ever, with singers and musicians of all ages from throughout central Scotland interpreting their favourite Matt McGinn material.
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 for the Matt McGinn Night are now SOLD OUT.
Licensed bar. Please note this is NOT a BYOB event. Please also be aware that parking spaces will be limited on the 4th March as another function is being held in a separate wing of the school.
Many members of the LFFA will know of the close connections between local “Folkies” and our friends from Guyancourt, our twin-town just outside Paris. Some of them have attended our annual festival in recent years and performed under their chosen name of “The McFroggies”.
The main exchange takes place at Easter and from April 14th – 17th in 2017 a larger than usual group will be coming here to Linlithgow and District to be hosted by local families. They will take part in a programme of activities including a Seminar, a Saturday evening dinner and ceilidh, and a Sunday evening singaround.
Several of our very active LFFA personnel are involved including Murdoch and Martine, Neil and Grace, Trish and Ivor, and Christine and John.
Next year more hosting families are needed to accommodate the visitors and the Twinning Committee would love to hear from anyone who might be interested in hosting visitors for these 3 nights and joining us in a weekend of companionship and fun which does so much to foster the true spirit of “The Auld Alliance”.
If you might be interested or would like more details please do not hesitate to contact any of those mentioned above or myself at –
(Committee member of both LFFA and Linlithgow Twinning Association)
We were all so sorry to hear of the loss of one of our most devoted festival supporters, the lovely Jane Donnelly - our very own "Lady Jane". A wonderful musician and ace person, who will be sorely missed at our and other festivals.
Jane loved coming through to make music in Linlithgow and all her friends in the town were very dear to her. We were, in turn, devoted and indebted to her. Every year, when she came through to stay at my house during the Folk Festival, she would joke that she was coming through to her "country residence".
A few years ago, while researching her family tree, Jane was over the moon to discover that one of her forebears came from Linlithgow and was a Burgess of the burgh, no less. From them on, she was always very proud of her historic link with the town.
Jane's funeral will take place on Friday October 21st at Dalnottar crematorium in Clydebank and Linlithgow Folk Festival Association will be well represented.
RIP, Lady Jane. We will never forget you.
Chair, Linlithgow Folk Festival Association
The Black Bitch Tavern is now our venue for both the Thursday and Sunday monthly music sessions. If you would like to come along, you will be made most welcome!
The Annual General Meeting of the Linlithgow Folk Festival Association will be held on Monday 14th November from 8.00pm in the upstairs lounge of the Black Bitch Tavern, Linlithgow.