Festival 2020 - 9th to 13th of September 2020 - 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 Folk Festival Association AGM 2019


The Annual General Meeting of the Linlithgow Folk Festival Association will be held on Monday 11th November from 8.00pm in the upstairs lounge of the Black Bitch Tavern, Linlithgow.

Although the meeting is open to all, only members of the Association are eligible to vote. If you intend attending the AGM, please let us know by contacting our Secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). This will help us gauge numbers.

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A BIG THANK YOU!


We also thank the Linlithgow Business Association for their continued support and in particular Cornerstone Accounting who kindly sponsored our folk festival transport.

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Songs & Reels at the Rose - Benedict Morris with Pablo Lafuente & Ryan Murphy - Thursday 12 September 2019


Back by popular request, this year’s event at the Rose Club will feature three of the most exciting young musicians on the Folk scene.

Benedict Morris, the 2019 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, is making a huge name for himself, both at home and abroad.

He is currently part of a duo with Belfast-born guitarist Cormac Crummey (Bene & Cormac). Their debut album Wavelength was released in November 2018, when they enjoyed sell out performances on their Scotland/Ireland tour. Benedict is also the fiddle player alongside five times World Champion Irish dancer, David Geaney, in his show ‘Velocity’, which recently set Broadway alight, earning several five-star reviews.

Since being named as the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, one of Benedict’s new projects has been a trio with BBC Radio Two Folk Award winners, Pablo Lafuente and Ryan Murphy. They are currently working on an album, which will be released later this year. We are delighted to welcome these three brilliant young musicians to Linlithgow.

Ticketing:

  • Venue:  Linlithgow Rose Social Club, Braehead Road EH49 6HF
  • Timing:  8pm - 10.15pm (Doors open at 7.15pm)
  • Cost:  £8 on the door
  • Tickets also available at Far From The Madding Crowd, 20 High Street, Linlithgow, EH49 7AE. Tickets can be booked online at linlithgowfolk.yapsody.com

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Okefenokee Reunion Band - Saturday 14 September 2019


We are delighted to welcome the Okefenokee Bluegrass Band back to Linlithgow for this special concert in the Rose Social Club.

Forty years ago, there was very little knowledge of Bluegrass Music in Scotland. Today there is a thriving scene with many great players. Okefenokee Bluegrass Band were pioneers for Bluegrass in Scotland, if not the UK. They introduced the music through Folk Clubs, Festivals and Pub Gigs. They became very successful on the music scene and expanded to a large Road Show which included a Clogging Dance Troupe and a Dance Caller.

The band played at many events throughout the country to the delight of audiences of all ages.

The Okefenokee band retired due to other commitments in other fields however, they all remained close friends. Six years ago, they decided to get back together again for a series of gigs to celebrate their long friendship. The first of these reunion gigs was in Linlithgow, because Linlithgow Folk Club was where it all started with their first professional gig.

Bluegrass music is now firmly established as part of Linlithgow Folk Festival and we are very pleased to welcome back the pioneering Okefenokee Bluegrass Band for our 2019 concert.

Ticketing:

  • Venue:  Linlithgow Rose Social Club, Braehead Road EH49 6HF
  • Time:  8pm - 10.15pm (Doors open 7.15pm)
  • Cost:  Admission £10 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

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Smith & McClennan - Friday 13 September 2019


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.

SUPPORT BY FORTH STREET

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.

Ticketing:

  • Venue:  Linlithgow Rose Social Club, Braehead Road, Linlithgow, EH49 6HF
  • Time:  7.30pm - 10.15pm (doors open 7.00pm)
  • Cost:  Tickets £12.  All seats unreserved.  Licensed bar
  • Tickets available from 'Far From the Madding Crowd', 20 High Street, Linlithgow, EH49 7AE.  Online booking available via www.linlithgowfolk.yapsody.com

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