20th Anniversary

11 – 15 September, 2019

Fabulous, Friendly Festival – Fun for Everyone

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Celebratory Stramash to launch the festival
Wednesday 11 September, 2019 – 8 p.m.


Celebrate the start of the milestone 20th festival in style with a great night of song, music and dance from the stalwarts of Linlithgow Folk Festival and friends.

The emphasis is on participation, so come along and join in with  local talent for a tune or a song to get you in the mood for the Festival weekend.

Linlithgow Bowling Club, Philip Avenue, EH49 7BH
FREE – donations welcome

Refreshments available from the bar.

Thursday 12 September, 2019 – 8 p.m.


Back by popular request, this year’s event at the Rose Club will feature three of the most exciting young musicians on the Folk scene.

Benedict Morris, the 2019 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, is making a huge name for himself, both at home and abroad. Currently part of a duo with Belfast-born guitarist Cormac Crummey (Bene & Cormac). Their debut album Wavelength was released in November 2018, when they enjoyed sell out performances on their Scotland/Ireland tour. Benedict is also the fiddle player alongside five times World Champion Irish dancer, David Geaney, in his show ‘Velocity’, which recently set Broadway alight, earning several five-star reviews.

Since being named as the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, one of Benedict’s new projects has been a trio with BBC Radio Two Folk Award winners, Pablo Lafuente and Ryan Murphy. They are currently working on an album, which will be released later this year. Linlithgow welcomes  these three brilliant young musicians to the festival.

8pm – 10.15pm. Doors open at 7.15pm. Linlithgow Rose Social Club, Braehead Road EH49 6HF. £8 on the door. Tickets also available at Far From The Madding Crowd, 20 High Street, Linlithgow, EH49 7AE. Tickets can be booked online at linlithgowfolk.yapsody.com.

Okefenokee Reunion Band – Saturday 14 September 2019


Welcoming the Okefenokee Bluegrass Band back to Linlithgow for this special concert in the Rose Social Club.

Forty years ago, there was very little knowledge of Bluegrass Music in Scotland. Today there is a thriving scene with many great players. Okefenokee Bluegrass Band were pioneers for Bluegrass in Scotland, if not the UK. They introduced the music through Folk Clubs, Festivals and Pub Gigs. They became very successful on the music scene and expanded to a large Road Show which included a Clogging Dance Troupe and a Dance Caller.

Bluegrass music is now firmly established as part of Linlithgow Folk Festival and we are very pleased to welcome back the pioneering Okefenokee Bluegrass Band for our 2019 concert.

Linlithgow Rose Social Club, Braehead Road EH49 6HF

 8pm – 10.15pm (Doors open 7.15pm)

Admission £10 on the door

Tickets are also available from Far From the Madding Crowd, 20 High Street, Linlithgow EH49 7AE. Tickets can be booked online at www.linlithgowfolk.yapsody.com

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