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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National Centre of Excellence in Trad. Music - Tour 2019

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Matt McGinn Tribute Night 2019

Linlithgow Honours Scotland's "King of Folk"
Keep Matt McGinn Singing!

Forty two 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 2nd March 2019.

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 2019 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.

Licensed bar.  Please note this is NOT a BYOB event.  Bar opens at 6.30pm / Doors open at 7.00pm.  All seats unreserved.

Tickets are SOLD OUT.

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St Andrew's Stramash!


The Linlithgow Folk Festival Association will be hosting our St Andrew's Stramash! on Friday 30 November 2019 and admission by donation.

 

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There Was A Soldier ...


Several stalwarts of the Linlithgow Folk Festival Association have performed with There Was A Solider since its first performance in 2014.  There Was a Soldier... is a compelling tribute to the people of Edinburgh, the Lothians and beyond, during WWI, and to Bangour (Edinburgh's War Hospital).  Told through music, poetry, slides and humour, it tells the story of young men who enlisted with great enthusiasm to defend their country.  Includes stories of McCrae's Battalion and Dr Elsie Inglis' Scottish War Hospitals overseas.

Its final public performance will be held on Friday 5th October 2018 at Linlithgow Academy.


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Ticketing:

  • Venue:  Linlithgow Academy Theatre, Braehead Road EH49 6HF
  • Time:    7.00pm
  • Cost:    £12 (full) / £10 (concession)
  • Tickets are available from Far from the Madding Crowd, 20 High Street Linlithgow EH49 7AE and Dechmont Shop, Dechmont.  Tickets can be booked online at www.linlithgowfolk.yapsody.com

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