Highlights of the 2013 Folk Festival

26/07/13. John Devlin. LINLITHGOW. Linilthgow Canal Basin folk fest 2013 official launch.
26/07/13. John Devlin. LINLITHGOW. Linilthgow Canal Basin folk fest 2013 official launch.

The 15th Linlithgow Folk Festival has officially been launched for 2013 and organisers have promised it will be the biggest and best yet.

This year, the festival will run from September 11-15, and the programme boasts an impressive line up with the usual mix of traditional music, dance and song.

For 2013, the festival emphasis is on youth and their contribution to the international folk scene, with exciting young band ‘Outside Track’ chosen as headliners for the event, playing the Linlithgow Academy Theatre on Saturday, September 14.

Outside Track is a five piece group of musicians from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver, using fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, step-dance and vocals to blend boundless energy with a love for traditional music.

The line-up comprises Norah Rendell (Canadian Traditional Singer of the Year nominee), Mairi Rankin (Beolach), Ailie Robertson (Live Ireland Winner, BBC Young Trad Finalist), Fiona Black (BBC Fame Academy Winner) and Cillian O’Dalaigh, and they have toured the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA over the past five years, including appearances at Celtic Connections. Members of Outside Track will be running a series of workshops for budding musicians during the festival, including one called The Sesh, focussing on playing along with others.

The Linlithgow Folk Festival is now in its 15th year, and popular events from previous years will be delighting audiences again, such as the canal cruises, the outdoor ceilidh at the Vennel, the Hub at the Masonic Hall, the pub music sessions, and performances on the Nora Devine stage at The Cross.

A 12-page full colour festival guide is available at Linlithgow Burgh Halls and other local outlets, with more detail on www.linlithgowfolk.com