Linlithgow Folk Festival 2014, 10 – 14th September

folkbrochure2014Linlithgow Folk Festival 2014

10 – 14 September, 2014

Another wonderful festival has been lined up for Linlithgow’s 16th Folk Festival, with great concerts, numerous sessions in the local pubs, Nora Devine Outdoor Stage at the Cross plus Workshops, Craft Fair – fun for music lovers, performers and all the family.

Aly Bain and Phil CunninghamFriday 12th September

Headline Concert with Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham

Back by popular demand! Aly Bain is Scotland’s supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing is unique – driving, committed and pure – with vibrant, unmistakable tone that has earned him a following of ardent fans throughout the world. Teamed with Phil Cunningham – one of the most exciting and innovative accordion players of the times. Phil has taken this instrument from strength to strength, setting the standards by which many young players fix their sights today.

Supported by Carissa Bovill

A multi-instrumentalist and an honours graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Music, Carissa is a highly talented singer and performer, who can entrance audiences with her impassioned compositions as well as her interpretation of traditional works.

Time: 8pm (Doors open 7.30pm)
Venue: Linlithgow Academy Theatre, EH49 6EH
Admission: £18 all seats unreserved. Licensed bar
BOX OFFICE: Burgh Halls Linlithgow tel: 01506 282720

jane donnellyThe Weekend Session Scene

Star and Garter Hotel, EH49 7AB

Friday 12 September

Welcome afternoon session hosted by LFFA and Friends.

Come along play, sing or just listen and enjoy!
Make the most of your weekend by visiting one of the
following venues:
From 8pm

Black Bitch Tavern, EH49 7AZ:

Upstairs mixed session,
mixed session downstairs.

Linlithgow Bowling Club, EH49 7BH

Mixed session hosted by Jane
Donnelly and Friends.

Westport Hotel, EH49 7AZ:

Mixed session hosted by LFFA and

Full list of session venues will be available at the Hub Masonic Hall throughout the week-end

Festival Hub@ the Masonic Hall

11am to 4.30pm. Masonic Hall, the Cross, EH49 7AH

Information, shop and refreshments. Drop in any time!

Saturday, 13 September

BrellJimByrne2Music at The Cross on The Nora Devine Stage

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

We are delighted once more to welcome some
great talent from near and far on our outdoor
stage. Including Jim Byrne, Singer Songwriter from Glasgow. 4.p.m.

We start the day with ‘Happy Time’, an
hour of entertainment for children, with Pauline Vallance.

Songs and Music at the Canal

Music performances at the picturesque canal
basin. And with lovely tea and scones for sale in
the tearoom!
2 –4.30pm
Canal Centre, Manse Road, EH49 6AJ


Please pay stewards at the workshop venue!
All workshops held in Cross House EH49 7AL. Cost: £6
Not bookable in advance. Numbers may be limited, so arrive 20
minutes early to pay and be sure of your place!

Workshops are suitable for 16+ unless otherwise stated (under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult)

Nigel Gatherer’s popular mixed instrument workshop
is open to all. 11a/m/ – 1p.m.

Song with Jennifer Sterling – 2/15 – 4/15 p.m.

canal cruiseMusical Cruises

With Linlithgow Union Canal Society

Saturday 13 September

Cruise the Union Canal in a narrowboat with live
music from Cockleroy. Bring your own food for a
canal-side barbecue afterwards, prepared by our
good friends from LUCS.
6pm and 7pm. Canal Centre, Manse Road EH 49 6AJ
All tickets £6 in advance from Burgh Halls Linlithgow
Tel: 01506 282720 or at the Canal Centre on the night

Festival Bluegrass Bonanza

Saturday 13 September

Dapper McDans

With the ‘Dapper McDans’, the American roots have found their way back across the Atlantic to Scotland.

They can be found in the pubs, festivals and sheds of the Central Belt of Scotland, playing a laid-back acoustic mixture of bluegrass, old time and traditional Celtic music.

North Atlantic DuoNorth Atlantic Duo

Cheyenne Brown (harp) and Dave Currie (dobro/guitar/vocals) are 2/3s of the North Atlantic Trio. They combine Scottish, Irish, old-time Appalachian and bluegrass music with their own original compositions in a unique music mix. The trio recently released their debut album, “Some Part of Something”, which has been critically acclaimed as a “particularly tasty transatlantic crossover” (Songlines), and “a flawless coming together of cross-genre, mixed influence, multicultural music… sublimely melodic and intensely gorgeous” (Folkwords).

Time: 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Venue: Queen Margaret Hall, Blackness Road, EH49 7JA
Admission: £10

Come and Sing – Songs of Work and Play

An informal and fun singing session
with Linlithgow’s Sangschule and the
Liltin Lasses and Lads from Dunblane.
All welcome to join in or listen.
11.30am – 1pm
Festival Hub, Masonic Hall

murdie sessionPub Sessions

Afternoon and evening sessions in pubs
displaying the festival logo.
All welcome to join in or just listen.

The Sesh @ LYPP!

For young people who want to find out
about playing with others. Bring your own
instrument, or if you don’t have one, we can
provide a range of fun instruments to get you
started. Age 12 – 16 years.
12 noon – 4pm
Linlithgow Young People’s Project,
The Vennel, EH49 7EX

Sunday 14 September

children outdoorsOpen Air Ceilidh
with Cockleroy

One of our most popular events for
families and passers-by!

Refreshments available.
If the weather is bad this event will be
held in the Masonic Hall.
2.30 – 4.30 pm
The Vennel, Town Centre

Bluegrass Gospel Session

Hosted by Dan Markey and friends
– with audience participation.
A great way to waken up to Festival Sunday,
come along and raise the roof!
11am – 12.30pm
Masonic Hall EH49 7AH

nora devine stageMusic at the Cross
on the Nora Devine stage

More free music from some of the best
performers around the area to entertain you.
If wet, this will be held in the Burgh Halls.
1 – 5pm

Songs and music at the
Bowling Club

Come along to join in or listen. Hosts Newtongrange Folk Club. 2.30 – 4.30 p.m.

Box Office

Tickets for canal cruises and concerts at the Box Office: 01506 282720.
Credit and debit cards accepted.

Venues Access

Please ring 01506 670229 for other enquiries.

Download Linlithgow Festival Brochure (PDF)

(Photographs nos, 5,7,8, and 9 from 2013 by Cat Egerton and Martine Stead)

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