Linlithgow Folk Festival is streets ahead

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THE line-up for this year’s Linlithgow Folk Festival was revealed this week.

The celebration of traditional music, dance and song promises to be the biggest yet and takes place from September 5-9.

Last year’s festival was nominated for a prestigious traditional music award and the organisers are determined to build on that success.

The five-day programme will include 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 headline concert on Saturday, September 8, will see Ralph McTell make a welcome return to Linlithgow.

Ralph has been on the road for more than 40 years and is probably best known for his 1974 hit, “Streets of London”.

Bluegrass music is a vital component of the festival with the White Top Mountain Band from Virginia USA, making a return visit on Friday, September 7.

The international aspect of the festival will be further highlighted by visiting groups from Linlithgow’s French twin town of Guyancourt and West Lothian’s German twin district of Hochsauerlandkreis.

Also on the Friday night, the festival ceilidh has been restored to the programme and this will be organised in the Academy Theatre.

The folk festival is firmly established on the traditional music scene. A tried and tested formula means that popular 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 will all be taking part again this year.

A full-colour 12-page 
festival guide was launched this week and contains 
details of all events, many of which are free.

Festival co-ordinator, Trish Santer told the Journal and Gazette: “We are delighted to have Ralph McTell back again as our headline act and very proud that this year will have such an international feel, with the Bluegrass band from the USA and visitors from France and Germany.’’

The festival box office will be at the Burgh Halls, for tickets call 01506 282720. Copies of the 12-page festival guide can be obtained at the Burgh Halls, Wilson’s newsagents, the Line Gallery and other local outlets.

The folk festival 
programme can also be 
accessed online at