The Festival will take place with the usual fantastic mix of traditional music, dance and song in early September.
Some of Scotland’s most exciting young traditional musicians will take centre stage at the Linlithgow Folk Festival in September and the organisers are claiming that the event will be the biggest and best yet.
The programme for next month’s Linlithgow Folk Festival has just been announced and the organisers are planning a real “Feast of Folk” for the milestone twentieth year. The Festival will run from the 5th to the 9th of September.
Fresh from their recent sell-out concert with Celtic music giants, Skipinnish, the Folk Festival Association are delighted to announce that this year’s headline artist will be the legendary Ralph McTell.
The revered singer/songwriter has been an influential figure on the UK Folk music scene since the 1960s. He is perhaps best known for his Streets of London, which has been covered by over two thousand artists around the world, and for his tale of Irish emigration, From Clare to here.
In recent years, Ralph has been working closely with young emerging artistes and the headline concert on Saturday September 8th will feature three of Scotland’s finest – award-winning singer Iona Fyffe, accompanied by musicians Jack Badcock and Ross Miller, Linlithgow’s very own world champion Town Piper.
Another wonderful young singer making an appearance in Linlithgow will be the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Hannah Rarity from Dechmont, who is earning rave reviews all over the country. Hannah and her band will head up the second Songs and Reels at the Rose event at the Rose Social Club on September 6th.
International visitors this year will include the lively bluegrass band, The Whitetop Mountain Band, from Virginia USA,who will give a concert in the Rose Club on Friday September 7th.
First staged in 1999, the Festival is firmly established on the traditional music scene and all the mainstay events will take place again. These include the popular sessions in various venues. 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.
There will also be another staging of the popular Youth Festival Showcase, which will give young musicians of school age the opportunity to perform at the very heart of the Festival.
Full details of the programme can be found in the 12-page full colour Festival guide, which is available at “Far From the Madding Crowd” bookshop, the Burgh Halls and other local venues. A comprehensive run-down also appears on the website www.linlithgowfolk.com
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From Edinburgh and the east leave the M9 at junction 3 and follow the A803 into Linlithgow.
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The full-colour 12-page Festival guide has been launched and it contains details of all the events, many of which are free. Click here to view last year's.
Copies can also be obtained at the Burgh Halls, Wilson's newsagents, the Line Gallery and other local outlets.
The Festival Box office will be at the Burgh Halls, Tel. 01506 282720.