Folk festival magic

040912  Linlithgow folk festival auld alliance concert at linlithgow bowling club.
040912 Linlithgow folk festival auld alliance concert at linlithgow bowling club.
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ORGANISERS of the Linlithgow Folk Festival are toasting the runaway success of this year’s “best ever” event.

Last week’s celebration of traditional music, dance and song in the Royal Burgh had something for everyone in the five day series of events which included two major concerts, two ceilidhs, children’s events, musical cruises and performances at the canal centre, pub sessions and the outdoor Nora Devine stage at The Cross.

The most comprehensive programme yet was enjoyed by locals and visitors from Germany, South Africa and Australia.

Headlining was the legendary songwriter Ralph McTell who thanked everyone for the wonderful welcome he received.

He was joined by the Bluegrass White Top Mountain Band from the US and a party of musicians and singers from Linlithgow’s French twin town of Guyancourt.

The French visitors praised the organisers, adding: “A big thank you for a marvellous weekend organised by you all, with so much kindness, friendship and generosity.

‘‘Every moment we spent in Linlithgow was full of joy and music and we enjoyed every single minute of the wonderful weekend.”

Folk festival chairman Murdoch Kennedy praised the hard work of his committee, adding: “The number of visitors attracted to the 
festival proved that we had a winning line-up and our 
volunteers deserve a gold medal for excellence.

‘‘We are already looking forward to next year and hope to encourage more local organisations and individuals to get involved in what is proving to be one of Scotland’s best folk festivals.”