We are delighted to welcome back this exciting young band. Formed in Glasgow in 2010, Barluath have established themselves as a dynamic powerhouse of Scottish traditional music that have delighted audiences both at home and overseas.

As Danny Kyle Open Stage Award winners in 2012, the band released their first album ‘Source’ and began touring extensively. In 2014, they were nominated for ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at the Trad Music Awards, shortly before the release of their second album ‘At Dawn of Day’ in 2015.

They first came to Linlithgow in 2011, when they were one of several young bands on the Folk Festival’s Nora Devine Stage at the Cross. They so impressed the organisers, that they were asked back in 2012 to be the support act to Ralph McTell at that year’s headline event.
Their debut album was produced by Phil Cunningham, who said: “One of life’s great pleasures is witnessing the creation of something new. So has it been with Barluath. I’ve had the pleasure of watching these talented players coming together as a band and sharing their individual fortes to create this unique ensemble. They breathe new life into old songs and tunes and bring new compositions to the table with great flair and passion.”

Since the release of their second album Barluath have toured extensively throughout Europe with trips to Germany, Denmark, France, the Czech Republic and Washington D.C. Each trip has exposed them to new musical styles, which they embrace in their live performances.  They have also been nominated for ‘Folk Band of the Year’ at the MG Alba Scots Music Awards 2016.


East Lothian singer-songwriter, George Machray, is well-known on the Scottish folk scene and a regular visitor to sessions in Linlithgow.  Tonight, hear him perform some of his highly entertaining and moving songs, mainly about the East Lothian area (e.g. “Quays o Cockenny”, “Lazy moon over Embra Toun”). His comic songs (“Hawkeye the noo”, “Grubby thoughts”, “Swinging in Dunbar”) are bound to entertain and you will also be able to enjoy more of his well-crafted creations.