Matt will put a shine on Linlithgow Folk Festival funding

Folk singer Matt McGinn enjoys a pint and a cigarette in The Hebrides bar, Market Street Edinburgh in August 1970.
Folk singer Matt McGinn enjoys a pint and a cigarette in The Hebrides bar, Market Street Edinburgh in August 1970.
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Folk music fans will pay tribute to the memory of the late, great Matt McGinn at an evening of songs and music .

The Glasgow singer, songwriter, poet and raconteur was Scotland’s undisputed “King of Folk”.

The rare talents of Matt McGinn made him a household name in Scotland and in folk circles throughout the world.

In 1962 he sang in a concert in New York’s Carnegie Hall with Pete Seeger and a young Bob Dylan.

Matt went on to be regarded as one of Britain’s most powerful songwriters. He died in 1977 at the age of only 49.

In recent years, Linlithgow Folk Festival Association has played a pivotal role in reviving Matt McGinn’s songs, stories and poems and presenting them in an innovative and entertaining way.

Previous tribute nights in the town have played to packed houses. And the 2015 event promises to be bigger and better than ever.

The Matt McGinn Night is a major fundraiser for Linlithgow Folk Festival and all entertainers give their services free as a gesture of support. Proceeds from last year’s show were used to organise an outdoor music initiative during the festival at Linlithgow Cross – the Nora Devine Stage.

The fundraiser takes place at Linlithgow Academy Theatre on Saturday, March 7, at 7.30pm.

Tickets priced £10, can be obtained from Norman Cummings Textiles, the Black Bitch Tavern and from Linlithgow Folk Festival Association on 01506 510132.