Linlithgow honours Scotland’s ‘King of Folk’

Ian Walker band performing at a previous Matt McGinn Night hosted by Linlithgow Folk Club. Photo: Cat Egerton.
Ian Walker band performing at a previous Matt McGinn Night hosted by Linlithgow Folk Club. Photo: Cat Egerton.
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Folk music fans will pay tribute to the memory of the late great Matt McGinn in an evening of songs and music at Linlithgow Academy Theatre on Saturday, March 3.

The Glasgow singer, songwriter, poet and raconteur was Scotland’s ‘King of Folk’ in the 1960s and 70s.

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 and became one of Scotland’s leading folk singers of his time.

He died in 1977 at the age of only 49, but left some 500 songs, many of which, such as the Red Yo-Yo and Coorie Doon, have become classics.

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

Previous tribute nights in the town have played to packed houses.

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 the show are used to organise an outdoor music initiative at Linlithgow Cross – The Nora Devine Stage– which gives budding artistes the opportunity to perform at the very heart of the festival.

For many years, the late Nora Devine ran the famous Linlithgow Folk Club and brought Matt McGinn to the town on several occasions.

Tickets for the Matt McGinn Night, priced £12, can be obtained from Far from the Madding Crowd, at 20 High Street, Linlithgow; Linlithgow Post Office, 266 High Street; or by calling Linlithgow Folk Festival Association on 01506 670229.

Email enquiries should be sent to lffamatt@hotmail.co.uk

An online ticket service is available through the website www.linlithgowfolk.yapsody.com.