Linlithgow Folk Festival set to return in full this weekend after Covid disruption


First held in 1999, the annual celebration of traditional music, dance and song in the Royal Burgh has now firmly established itself on the traditional music scene across the UK and attracts visitors from all over.

Speaking of this year’s lineup, Linlithgow Folk Festival director Murdoch Kennedy said: “Most sessions will take place inside the Black Bitch Tavern and, weather permitting, outside in the impressive beer garden.

“The pub has always been the spiritual home of the festival and we are delighted that once again Linlithgow’s most famous watering hole – and its iconic name – is at the center of the proceedings this year.

The Sorries will perform at Linlithgow Folk Festival 2022 this weekend.

“The festival kicks off on Thursday with a Stramash at the Black Bitch Tavern and sessions will take place there throughout the weekend.

“The concerts will be back this year, and they will take place at the Linlithgow Rose Social Club.

“Friday 16 September will see a welcome return to the city for ‘The Sorries’, fresh off of another record-breaking run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

“On Saturday 17th September there will be a performance by popular Falkirk band ‘The Tonkerers’, who are an experienced six piece band, playing a wide range of music including their own energetic arrangements of folk and country songs.

“They provide music and fun for audiences of all ages and are hugely popular across central Scotland.”

Murdoch is also delighted to see the return of a special stage to the festival this year.

He said: “This year will also see the reestablishment of the Nora Devine Stage, which allows artists to perform at the very heart of the festival.

“Traditionally held at The Cross on Saturday and Sunday, the stage will take place in the Burgh Halls Garden with a wide range of music from artists of all ages.

“Other events on the schedule include a Ceilidh in the Burgh Halls and a ‘Singaround’ in the Masonic Hall.”

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