The folk festival is set to return to Linlithgow

The Sorries will perform at the Linlithgow Folk Festival this year.

First held in 1999, the annual celebration of traditional music, dance and song is now firmly established on the traditional music scene.

Prior to the pandemic, the festival had built a reputation for attracting some of the biggest names in the mainstream music scene and had also become known as a place for emerging talent to perform.

The festival was canceled in 2020, although online events took place.

The Tonkerers will also perform at the festival.

Murdoch Kennedy, director of the Linlithgow Folk Festival, added: “Last year a very successful mini festival took place in the beautiful garden setting of Burgh Halls. This year’s event will build on that success and reintroduce concerts and sessions.

“Most sessions will take place inside the Black Bitch Tavern and, weather permitting, outside in the 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 is taking center stage this year.

The festival kicks off on Thursday, September 15 with a “Stramash” at the Black Bitch Tavern, and sessions will take place there throughout the weekend.

Concerts will return this year, at the Linlithgow Rose Social Club, including The Sorries on Friday 16th September and Falkirk band The Tonkerers on Saturday 17th September.

Speaking of the Tonkerers, Murdoch added: “They 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.”

This year will also see the reinstatement of the Nora Devine Stage, which allows artists to perform at the very heart of the festival. Traditionally held at the Cross on Saturdays and Sundays, the stage will take place in the Burgh Halls Garden in 2022, with organizers promising 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 Masonic Hall.

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