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Organisers Toast Another 'Best-Ever' Festival!


The celebration of traditional music, dance and song in the Royal Burgh had something for everyone in the five-day programme, which included three concerts, an outdoor family ceilidh at the Vennel, children's events, musical cruises and performances at the Canal Centre, pub gigs and sessions, and the outdoor Nora Devine  Stage at the Cross.

The comprehensive list of events attracted an appreciative audience of locals and visitors alike, some of the latter coming from as far afield as Guyancourt in France, Germany, the United States, South Africa and Australia. Two regular visitors from Israel also made a welcome return.

The headline concert with the brilliant singer, Emily Smith, and her band was the highlight of the weekend and the band spoke warmly of the wonderful welcome they had received.

The Folk Festival is now firmly established on the wider traditional music scene and has created its own distinctive identity, with unique events such as the Canal cruises and barbecue, the Bluegrass gospel session, the outdoor ceilidh at the Vennel and the Nora Devine Stage at the Cross.

New events also took place this year, including  a Blues Night in the Bowling Club and a children's show on the Nora Devine Stage, featuring the Linlithgow Community Children's Choir and other local youngsters.   The stage also played host to many budding artistes over the weekend and those taking part included stunning vocalists, the Kearns sisters, 18 year old Katee Kross and the Falkirk Young Trad Band.

Folk Festival Chairman, Murdoch Kennedy, said: "The Festival gets better every year and we had record numbers at both the Bluegrass Night, the Gospel session and the outdoor Family Ceilidh."

Enjoy some of the fantastic images from this year's event.


Written by Visit West Lothian at 09:00

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