IT WAS a sell-out on Saturday for the country’s biggest tribute night to the late Matt McGinn in Linlithgow.
The Glasgow singer, songwriter, poet and raconteur was Scotland’s undisputed “King of Folk” in the 1960s and 70s, and went on to become one of Britain’s most powerful folk writers.
He died in 1977 at the age of only 49, but left some 500 songs, many of which have become classics.
The Linlithgow Folk Festival Association plays an important role in bringing Matt McGinn’s work to life in an innovative way every year with tribute nights playing to packed houses, with singers and musicians interpreting their favourite Matt McGinn songs, stories and poems, since it was first started in 2002.
New features this year included a tribute on the clarsach by Linlithgow’s Aisling Forster and a video message from Matt’s daughters, Eleanor and Shonagh, who live in the Canary Islands.
Other entertainers ranged from 10-year-old Rosie Crawford to 72-year-old Ewan McVicar, with special guest former town Provost, Bruce Jamieson, who did several recitations in his own inimitable style.
Murdoch Kennedy, Folk Festival chairman, said: “We are very proud that our tribute to the great Matt McGinn is the biggest in the country, if not in the world, and the event goes from strength to strength.
“It is one of our major fundraising events of the year and we are always delighted to see such a large crowd come along and support the Festival.”
Fundraising continues on Friday, April 26, when the Association holds, ‘An Evening with Isla St Clair’ in the Queen Margaret Hall.
The monthly music session in the Black Bitch will take place this Sunday from 2pm.