Award-winning singer and instrumentalist, EMILY SMITH, will be the headline act at next month’s Linlithgow Folk Festival

Described by BBC Radio 2 as “  one of Scotland's most distinctivevoices…exquisite and  uplifting" and by the Guardian newspaper as "Scotland's most impressive songwriter", Emily Smith recently began a fresh chapter in her illustrious award-winning, TV- appearing career with the launch of her fifth solo album "Echoes". Hailed as "thefreshest sounding Folk album in an age", it was warmly received on both sides of the Atlantic.                                                                            

Emily Smith will be joined by her band for the headline concert on Saturday September 12th, which will be the high point of the 17th Linlithgow Folk Festival, the five day celebration of traditional music, dance and song, running from the 9th to the 13th of September.

First stage in 1999, the Festival is firmly established on the traditional music scene and all the mainstay events will take place again. These include the musical cruises on the canal, the family ceilidh at the Vennel, the Hub at the Masonic Hall, the Bluegrass concert and Gospel session and the outdoor Nora Devine Stage at the Cross. The organisers are not resting on their laurels, however and there will be several innovations this year, including a Blues Night and a Children's' show, featuring young talent from near and far.

Festival chairman, Murdoch Kennedy, explained:

"We are trying to keep things fresh, as well as continuing to raise the bar. This year, various new events will be taking place, along with all the old favourites. There is something for everyone over the five days of the Festival and we are encouraging as many people as possible to come along and get involved.

"We are hoping to add in other events in the build-up to the Festival, bringing new venues into play and are confident that this year's event will be the biggest and best yet"

Full details of the programme can be found in the 12-page full colour Folk Festival guide, available at the Burgh halls and other local outlets. There is also a comprehensive run down on the website

Most of the Festival events are free, including the two-day Nora Devine Stage at the Cross, where a whole variety of performers will appear.  Payment for ticketed events can be made at the box office in the Burgh Halls, Linlithgow, tel. 01506 282720. An online ticketing service is available via