Folk Festival line up announced

McFroggies will once again attend the festival, a folk music group from Linlithgow's twinned town Guyancourt in France
McFroggies will once again attend the festival, a folk music group from Linlithgow's twinned town Guyancourt in France

The line-up for this year’s Folk Festival in Linlithgow has been announced and the five day long celebration is sure to be another hit with fans with amazing guests set to grace the stages across the town.

For the 18th time venues in Linlithgow, from pubs and clubs to a performance on the canal. will welcome the very best on the folk scene from September 7 to 11,

Kicking off proceedings on Wednesday, September 7, will be the celebration stramash in the bowling club from 8pm. The free event is the perfect way to launch the festival as local talent will get everyone singing and smiling.

Also playing on the Wednesday is McFroggies from Linlithgow’s twin town Guyancourt.

George Machray and friends will then be in concert the following day at the Black Bitch Tavern. The East Lothian singer is well known on the folk scene and will entertain crowds with his thoughtful and comic creations.

The regular Thursday night sessions in the Linlithgow Tap will still go ahead with everyone welcome to join in.

The Star and Garter hotel will play host to the Tonkerers. Falkirk’s finest will be heading to Linlithgow fresh from their annual trip to Germany and the band are sure to create a party atmosphere.

The fabulous folk music just keeps coming on the Friday and kicks off with a session at the Star and Garter from 2pm to 5pm.

Later that day the canal will be filled with the music of Cockleroy as the musical cruise gets underway with the help of the canal society.

The night is rounded off with a blues night with Blue Dubh at Linlithgow Bowling Club. Blue Dubh debuted at last year’s festival and have performed all over Scotland.

Also on the Friday night is Glasgow-based bluegrass group the Daddy Naggins who will bring their toe-tapping show to the Queen Margaret Hall on Blackness Road.

The fourth day of the festival shows no signs of slowing down as there is music at the cross on the fabulous outdoor stage and a ceilidh in the Masonic Hall from 11.30am.

Headliners the Outside Track are presenting three workshops for free as well on the Saturday so anyone looking to imrpve their singing and fiddling skills should head to Cross House from 11am.

The Outside Track will then take to the stage for the main event of the festival at Linlithgow Academy Theatre for what is sure to be an amazing performance. Tickets for this show cost £15.

The Sunday will bring the family friendly festival to a close, however the high calibre of talent on offer is the perfect way to bring the curtain down.

There will be a bluegrass gospel session at the Masonic Hall from 11am .

This is followed by more free music at the cross from 1pm to 5pm from local folk musicians.

The final event at the bowling club will be a lively session on the Sunday afternoon and the folk festival will draw to a close with an open air family ceilidh with Cockleroy at the Vennel from 2.30pm.

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