Folk Festival is a touch of class

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The 15th Linlithgow Folk Festival will go down in the history books as a “classy” event with visitors claiming it was the best ever.

Last week’s celebration of traditional music, dance and song in the Royal Burgh had something for everyone in the five-day programme, which included two major concerts, a family ceilidh,
children’s events, musical cruises and performances at the canal centre, pub sessions and the Nora Devine Stage at the Cross.

Folk Festival chairman, Murdoch Kennedy, said: “I could sum up the Festival in one word - classy! Classy 
venues, classy events and very classy performers.

‘‘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, including a fantastic concert by 
Outside Track and some superb 
performances on the Nora 
Devine Stage.”

Visitors travelled from Guyancourt in France, 
Germany, the United States, Australia, and even Israel for the celebration of traditional 
music.

The headline concert on Saturday with Outside Track was voted the best ever in the festival’s history and the band praised it for being “one of our favourite gigs ever” adding: “What an amazing festival and we were made to feel so welcome! Thanks to all the volunteers and committee!” 

Chairman Murdoch Kennedy added: “Several first-time visitors said it was the best festival they had 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.”