Linlithgow Folk Festival: Press Release
Linlithgow Folk Festival 2016
ORGANISERS TOAST ANOTHER "BEST-EVER" FESTIVAL!
The organisers of the 18th Linlithgow Folk Festival are toasting the success of this year's events and pledging to make it even better next year.
The five day celebration of traditional music, dance and song in the Royal Burgh had something for everyone, including three concerts, an outdoor family ceilidh at the Vennel, a musical cruise on the Union Canal, pub sessions, and a packed two-day programme of free music on the outdoor Nora Decine Stage at the Cross.
The comprehensive list of events attracted an appreciative audience of locals and visitors alike. Visitors travelled from as far afield as France, Germany, the United States, South Africa, Canada and Australia. There was also a fair number from Yorkshire, and two regular visitors from Israel made a welcome return.
The headline concert with the brilliant young musicians - The Outside Track - was the highlight of the weekend and the band spoke wamrly of the wonderful response they had recieved on their second appearance in Linlithgow.
Many budding artists appeared on the Nora Devine Stage at the Cross, including students form the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, 5 Strings form Livingston, the thirty-strong Falkirk Young Trad Band and local children Jamie McGinley, Joe Tunnicliffe and Stephanie McCormick, who took part in a show called "Wean's World". There was also a debut appearance on the stage by the Linlithgow Ladie's Choir.
Folk Festival Chairmn, Murdoch Kennedy, said: "The Festival gets better every year and we had record numbvers at the Bluegrass concert, the Blues Night and the outdoor Family Ceilidh. From the opening night in the Bowling Club to the final party in the West Port, we heard some of the best music we have ever had."
Murdoch Kennedy praised the efforts of his committee, who work so hard to provide the community with a top quality music festival. He said:
"Several first-time visitors said it was the best Festival they had ever been to and one that people from all over the country should attend. That reputation is down to the hard work and dedication of our committee and the support of partner organisations such as the local licensed traders, canal society, the ATC, LYPP, and the Business Association. Our sale soutlets - Far fro mthe Madding Crow and Norman Cummings - also played a pivotal role and we ar eindebted to them.
We are constatly trying new things and look forward to doing so again next year. We already have some tremendous partners and hope to encourage many more local organisations and individuals to get involved in what we hope is fast becoming one of Scotland's best Folk Festivals."
To view the full set of photos fom all five days, click here.