Festival 2019 - 11th to 15th of September 2019 - Friendly Folk in Linlithgow!

  • Smith & McClennan

    “Emotional and genuinely moving material” (The Wee Review)

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  • 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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Friday 13 September

Come along and play, sing or just listen and enjoy. Space available both indoors and outdoors.

Venue:  Black Bitch Tavern, EH49 7AZ
Time:  2pm-5pm
Cost:  FREE


Always hugely popular, cruise on the Union Canal, with live music from our very own Cockleroy.

Venue:  Canal Centre, Manse Road, EH49 6AJ
Time:  Cruise from 7pm until 8.15pm.
Cost:  Tickets £8 in advance from Far From the Madding Crowd, 20 High Street, Linlithgow EH49 7AE or online at www.linlithgowfolk.yapsody.com

With John Graham (ex-Clydesiders) and Jim Jack (ex-Carterhall).

Stalwarts of the Scottish Folk scene since the 1960's, John and Jim have been playing together for the last ten years.  Their act evokes much of the spirit of the Folk revival, with ample opportunities to join in choruses and a fair smattering of humour.

Tonight, they will be performing songs from their album, 'Sae will we yet', as well as other favourites.  This will be followed by a general session, where everyone is welcome to join in.

Venue:  Linlithgow Bowling Club, Philip Avenue, EH49 7BH
Time:  From 8pm
Cost:  FREE - donations welcome
Refreshments available from the bar.


Headlining our milestone 20th anniversary Festival will be Smith and McClennan, who will be making a welcome return to Linlithgow.

Multi award-winning Scottish singer Emily Smith and New Zealand born songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jamie McClennan have been making music together for over fifteen years. Having spent much of 2016 off the road (with Emily on maternity leave), the couple took time off to focus on writing new material. The fruits of their labours were two albums, the first of which - Unplugged - was released in April 2018. It features ten tracks, with seven previously unrecorded songs, including three preview tracks from their studio album coming out later this year.

The duo’s new sound features originals by Jamie and reworked traditional material from Scotland and New Zealand, drawing on influences from the Folk tradition, Americana and beyond. With rich vocal harmonies, accordion, fiddle and sublime guitar backing, they are one of the most vibrant duos on the UK Folk scene today. Emily and Jamie have recently returned from an extensive tour of New Zealand and are very much looking forward to playing at the Linlithgow headline concert on Friday September 13th.


Forth Street are a seven-piece band who met at the Tolbooth traditional music classes in Stirling. With musicianship rivalling many of the top young acts in the Scottish folk scene today the band’s youthful energy centres on the music traditions and cultures of the Stirlingshire area and beyond. Already making a fantastic reputation for themselves, they are only going to get better and better. Fiddle Bruce McQuaid, Alexander Malcolm, Carla Subke, Roisin Diamond, Orla Diamond Accordion Tom Mackay Guitar Jamie McQuaid.

Venue:  Linlithgow Rose Social Club, Braehead Road EH49 6HF
Time:  7.30pm - 10.15pm (Doors open 7.00pm)
Cost:  Admission £12 on the door.  Tickets are also available from Far From the Madding Crowd, 20 High Street, Linlithgow EH49 7AE. Tickets can be booked online at www.linlithgowfolk.yapsody.com.


Sessions from 8pm at the Black Bitch Tavern, 14 West Port, EH49 7AZ and other venues displaying the Festival logo.

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