Linlithgow Folk Festival 2009

Image: linlithgow folk festival logo. Wednesday 9th - Sunday 13th September 2009

Great 10th Anniversary year (11th Festival)

10 years on and still going strong!
Friendly Folk in Linlithgow
Festival Diary at a glance

Programme includes:

Wednesday 9th September - FESTIVAL LECTURE AND SESSION

Photo: ewan mcvicar. Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice - a Tribute to Hamish Imlach - Ewan McVicar

Hamish Imlach was in more than one way the biggest star of the Scottish Folk Revival. Ewan McVicar, who co-wrote Hamish's much praised autobiography, will share memories that are hilarious, saucy and sweet.
Followed by a "Hamish Hooley": come ready to sing your favourites in the ensuing session. Masonic Hall, Linlithgow
Admission £5 (£3 concessions): pay on the door
Licensed bar
ewan mcvicar myspace

Musical Instrument shop: Cash or cheque only.
Grateful thanks to Arthur Speed of Sounds Instrumental, 59 Main Street, Dechmont,
West Lothian for sponsoring this event. Tel: 01506 811765
"For all your musical needs: instruments, books, parts, repairs."

Thursday 10th September

Pub session with Pure Malt at 9pm

A welcome return of the ever popular Pure Malt.
Singalonga all your favourites.
The Four Marys. Free.

Friday 11th September

Family Homecoming Ceilidh

Dance to a lively ceilidh band, with caller to teach you the moves!
Also showcasing talent from local Primary schools between dances.
Linlithgow Primary School, Preston Road, Linlithgow 7.00. - 10.00. pm
Price: £5 (£4 concessions) or
Family ticket £14 (up to 5 people total with max of 2 adults per family ticket).

Tickets from Linlithgow Primary School, Tel 01506 842686, or pay on the door.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Raffle in aid of school funds.

Friday 11th September

Photo: sangschule. Sessions in the Black Bitch Tavern

Singaround upstairs hosted by Sangschule
Mixed session downstairs with Skirlie
Instrumental session in public bar
sangschule website

Session at the Auld Hole in the Wall

Bluegrass/Old Time session hosted by the Dapper McDans
dapper mcdans myspace


Photo: jane donnelly. Jane Donnelly and friends

Session in the West Port Hotel with the captivating multi-instrumenatalist. You'll be made very welcome and be sure to have a lot of fun.

Jane will be aided and abetted by Hugh and Jim, otherwise known as 'Tighnamara'.

jane donnelly myspace

All sessions from 8pm and free entry.


Friday 11th September


This ever popular festival event: a narrowboat cruise with live music from Cockleroy.
Bring your own food for a canal-side barbecue afterwards.
Advance booking essential to avoid disappointment! &
Canal Centre, Manse Road.
£5 and £4 concessions, family ticket £14
Box Office: 01506 777666
Or in person at Howden Park Centre, Livingston, or at the Canal Centre on the night
(Advance booking strongly advised)

Saturday 12th September

Photo: jim byrne photograph allan mcmillan edinburgh folk club. FESTIVAL HUB @ the Masonic Hall

Free Music at The Hub throughout the day

With concerts, informal singing, and the Festival Showcase

Saturday 12th September, 10am to Box office, information, shop and refreshments, coffees/teas.
Drop in any time! Free music at the Hub throughout the day.

Come and Sing Songs of Love and War
11am - 12.30pm
Informal singing hosted by Sangschule, with other singing groups and individuals!
All welcome to join in or just listen. Bring your favourite songs fitting the theme.

Lunchtime Concert

1.15 - 1.55 pm

Clark and King

Festival Showcase

An eclectic mix of performers from near and far, who will also perform at the Canal and Outdoor Stage.

2.00 - 4.45 pm

An eclectic mix of performers from near and far, who will also perform at the Canal and Outdoor Stage.
They include:

Detailed listing at the Festival Hub @ the Masonic Hall.

Sessions - Saturday 12th September

Afternoon and evening sessions in pubs displaying the festival logo. Including:

Photo: jane donnelly. Jane Donnelly and friends

Session in the West Port Hotel with the captivating multi-instrumenatalist. You'll be made very welcome and be sure to have a lot of fun.

jane donnelly myspace

All sessions from 8pm and free entry.


Songs and Music at the Canal

Another chance to make music - or just listen - at the beautiful setting of the Canal Basin. Listings displayed at the Festival Hub @ the Masonic Hall

Music at the Cross on the Nora Devine Stage

Photo: the linties.Will include some of the performers appearing at The Festival Showcase.

Nora Devine ran the Linlithgow Folk Club for many years and was instrumental in setting up the first Linlithgow Folk Festival, although sadly she did not survive to see it come to fruition. We celebrate her memory on this outdoor stage, in our great 10th anniversary year, on both Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday 12th September


Please purchase tickets at the Hub @ the Masonic Hall. Workshops held in the Cross House.
All workshops cost £4, £3 concession. Suitable for age 16+, unless otherwise stated.
Or places can be reserved in advance by email (pay at the Hub on the day):

Workshops include:


Nigel is a very popular tutor of instrumental classes, his particular favourite instruments being mandolin and whistle. He has a wide knowledge of traditional and Old Timey music. Open to all instrumental players: not suitable for complete beginners.
2.00. - 4.00. pm Cross House

Spoons - Andrea Peters

Bring two soup or dessert spoons. Suitable for adults and accompanied children. Cross House

Guitar - Tony Mitchell

Not for complete beginners. Also see Tony in action later today in the Festival Showcase.
12.20. - Cross House


Eileen is a weel-kent face on the Edinburgh folk scene and member of Stairheid Gossip - has a particular interest in political and protest song and songs which reflect women's lives.
2.00. - Adam Room, Cross House

SATURDAY 12TH September

10th Anniversary Gala Concert with Barbara Dickson - support by Duncan McCrone Band



Informal Bluegrass sessions

At the Auld Hole in the Wall pub Friday evening and Saturday, and at other pubs displaying Festival logo. Check details at the FESTIVAL HUB @ the Masonic Hall.

Photo: dapper mcdans. Saturday 12th September

BLUEGRASS CONCERT - Queen Margaret Hall

Join the 'Dapper McDans' and their friends for an evening of toe tapping and tuneful music in Bluegrass and Old Time styles. These were strongly influenced by Scottish and Celtic tunes, songs and rhythms, and anyone who has seen the George Clooney film 'Oh Brother, Where Art Thou' will have a clear idea of what to expect.

Bluegrass was famously described as being 'Folk music in overdrive', and it certainly is high energy. This contrasts well with the more mellow and often humorous tones of Old Time music - the original songs and tunes of the settlers in the Appalachian Mountains of SW America.
Tickets £4 on the door, no concessions
Licensed Bar.

Many thanks to Gordon Reynolds of Hootsmon music, Edinburgh, for sponsoring this event: Authorised dealers of Chuck Lee Banjos 0776 037 2959

Family and Children's events

(Photographs will be taken at these events and may be used for publicity purposes. If you do not wish your child to be photographed please let us know.)

Friday 11th September - Family Homecoming Ceilidh

Linlithgow Primary school

Saturday 12th September

Ma Maw Says - EWAN McVICAR

Come and share family fun. Join in bouncy children's songs and games of Scotland, with Ewan McVicar,
who knows hundreds of songs and is not afraid to sing them.
Suitable for Primary School age children.
Cross House, 10.30. - 12 noon
Tickets - £2 PER CHILD, Adults £1
Available at the Masonic Hall on the day.
Adult must accompany child.

Photo: mr boom. MR BOOM

Still in orbit! Mr Boom from the Moon travels back to the Lowport Centre.

Saturday at 2.15 - 3.15 pm
Admission £3.00 per child. Bring one adult free!
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets in advance from Blast Off Books, Linlithgow High Street.
or at the Masonic Hall on the day.

SUNDAY 13TH September

Open Air Ceilidh with Cockleroy

Now into its third year!
Wear suitable footwear for hard surface dancing!
The Vennel, Town Centre
(If weather is inclement, this event will probably have to be cancelled)
2.00. - Free

Saturday 12th September - CRAFT FAIR

A wide range of quality local crafts.
10.30am to 4pm.
Cross House, Free

SUNDAY 13th September

FESTIVAL HUB @ the Masonic Hall

Information, shop and refreshments. Drop in any time!
Coffee/tea bar.
11.00. am -
Free music all day

Photo: wing and a prayer. BLUEGRASS GOSPEL SESSION

Hosted by 'Wing and a Prayer' - with audience participation.
A rousing start to Sunday morning.
Come along and sing for all you're worth! Bring a song or just listen.
11.00. am - 12.30. pm
Festival Hub @ the Masonic Hall.
wing and a prayer myspace

Photo: jane donnelly. Jane Donnelly and friends

Session in the West Port Hotel with the captivating multi-instrumenatalist. You'll be made very welcome and be sure to have a lot of fun.

jane donnelly myspace

All sessions from 8pm and free entry.



Come and do your party piece! Sing, play, dance, recite, act!
Variety is the spice of life, and we certainly get it at this event.
All ages welcome.
Hosted by West Lothian Songwriters' Group, who will also be launching their CD of their own compositions, "The West Lothian Trail".

Ask at the Hub from 1pm to book a slot (10 minutes)
Coffee Bar
Festival Hub @ the Masonic Hall, 1.15 - 4.00 pm
Grand finale at 4.00 - 4.20 pm with EMGO (Edinburgh Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra)
Free Admission (Donations welcome)

Music at the Cross on the Nora Devine stage

More free music to entertain you.
11.30. approx -

Songs and Music at the Canal

Hosted by Newtongrange Folk Club, but a chance for EVERYONE to do a turn.
2.00. pm - 4.00. pm.
Canal Centre, Manse Road. Free, but buy your tea and scones!


Afternoon sessions in pubs displaying the festival logo.

Outdoor Ceilidh

The Vennel - 2.00. - 4.00. pm.
See Family and Children's events


Box Office

Tickets for canal cruises and Saturday concert ONLY at the Box Office: 01506 777666,
based at Howden Park Centre, Livingston.
Please opt for tickets to be posted (50p charge) or collect in person before events where possible. Cheques, credit cards and Switch accepted.
Telephone box office closes at 12 noon on Fri 11th September.
Tickets for Mr Boom on sale at Blast Off Books, Linlithgow High Street. CASH OR CHEQUE PAYMENT ONLY.
Any remaining concert tickets will be on sale from the Festival Hub @ the Masonic Hall on Saturday.

Please pre-purchase ceilidh, workshop and Mr Boom tickets to avoid disappointment.

All other events, please buy tickets at The Hub or pay on the door. Concession prices are available for schoolchildren, students, disabled people and their helpers, unwaged and senior citizens.
Family ticket comprises of up to 5 people - maximum of 2 adults.

Venues Access

Please ring 0131 449 5278 or 07762 101002 for information on disabled access to specific venues.

Contact us: or email or telephone 01506 844392

Directions to the Festival

Linlithgow is well serviced by ScotRail trains, with direct routes from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dunblane, Falkirk and Stirling.

Through bus services are available from Edinburgh, Falkirk and Stirling. Less regular routes from most other parts of West Lothian.

Via the M9 from the West (i.e. Eastbound), leave motorway at junction 4 (no exit at Junction 3 on this carriageway). Via the M9 from the East (i.e. Westbound), leave motorway at Junction 3.

Pay and Display car park behind Cross House, and other on street time-limited parking.

Free long stay car park behind Tesco, but note parking in main Tesco park is time-limited.

Festival Diary at a glance

Wednesday 20.00.-23.00. Masonic Hamish Imlach night On the door

Thursday 21.00. till late Four Marys Session with Pure Malt Free

  • Friday 19.00. - 22.00. LPS Family H'coming Ceilidh On the door
  • Friday 19.00. Canal Musical Canal cruise 01506 777666
  • Friday 20.00. Canal Musical Canal Cruise 01506 777666
  • Friday 20.00.till late BB upstairs Singers' session Free
  • Friday 20.00.till late BB lounge Mixed session - Skirlie Free
  • Fridayi 20.00.till late BB Public Instrumental session Free
  • Friday 20.00.till late AHITW Dapper McDans session Free
  • Friday 20.00.till late West Port Session with Jane et al Free
  • Saturday 10.00. - 17.00. Masonic Music/refreshments
  • Saturday 10.30. - 16.00. CH Craft Fair Free
  • Saturday 10.30.-12.15. CH Songwriters' workshop Masonic
  • Saturday 10.30. - 12.00. CH Children's workshop Masonic
  • Saturday 11.00. - 12.30. Masonic Come and Sing Free
  • Saturday 11.00. - late Pubs Sessions Free
  • Saturday 11.30. - 16.30. The Cross Nora Devine stage Free
  • Saturday 12.20. - 13.50. CH Guitar workshop Masonic
  • Saturday 12.30. - 13.30. CH Spoons workshop Masonic
  • Saturday 13.15. - 13.55. Masonic Clark and King concert Free
  • Saturday 14.00. - 16.00. CH Song workshop Masonic
  • Saturday 14.00. - 16.00. CH Mixed instr workshop Masonic
  • Saturday 14.00. - 16.45. Masonic Festival Showcase Free
  • Saturday 14.00. - 16.00. Canal Various music Free
  • Saturday 14.15. - 15.15. Lowport Mr Boom BOB/Masonic
  • Saturday 20.00. - 23.00. LA Gala Concert 01506 777666
  • Saturday 20.00. - 23.00. QMH Bluegrass concert On the door
  • Sunday 11.00. - 16.30. Masonic Music/refreshments
  • Sunday 11.00. - 12.30. Masonic Bluegrass/Gospel Free
  • Sunday 11.30. - 16.30. The Cross Nora Devine stage Free
  • Sunday 12.00.- late Pubs Sessions Free
  • Sunday 13.15. - 16.00. Masonic Open Stage Free
  • Sunday During pm -tbc Masonic W Lothian Trail CD Free
  • Sunday 16.00. - 16.20. Masonic EMGO Free
  • Sunday 16.25. - 16.30. Masonic Festival Song/Finale Free
  • Sunday 14.00. - 16.00. Canal Newtongrange session Free
  • Sunday 14.00. - 16.00. The Vennel Open Air Family Ceilidh Free


AHITW = Auld Hole in the Wall, BB = Black Bitch Tavern BOB = Blast Off Books, CH = Cross House LA = Linlithgow Academy, LPS = Linlithgow Primary School QMH = Queen Margaret Hall, tbc = to be confirmed

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