The Ciaran Dorris Sunday Session guest castaway on Sunday will be Trish Santer, co-ordinator of Linlithgow Folk Festival which takes place between 11th-15th September in the West Lothian town.
The annual celebration of traditional music in the historic Royal Burgh takes place from Wednesday 11 to Sunday 15 September.
Events co-ordinator Trish Santer is very excited by what the Festival has in store. She says: “We are looking forward to five great days and another ‘best-ever’ Festival. The emphasis this year is very much on youth and the headline act will be the fabulous young five-piece band The Outside Track whose members hail from Scotland, Ireland and Canada.”
In 2012, The Outside Track was voted Best Group in two prestigious Irish music awards. They have been widely praised as “a stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, whose marriage of Celtic music, song and dance has been rapturously received around the globe”. They have headlined festivals all over the world and are coming to Linlithgow as part of a major UK tour.
As well as headlining the main Festival concert at the Academy Theatre on Saturday 14 September, the band will be organising a mixed instrument Session, along with workshops on guitar and an introduction to Irish song.
Trish Santer believes there is something for everyone in the Linlithgow Folk Festival programme: “Although the emphasis is firmly on youth, we are really offering something for all age groups, from wee ones in the nurseries to the residents in sheltered housing.”
The Festival was first held in 1999 and has become a favourite event for many on the Folk circuit. Trish explains: “We are now firmly established on the traditional music scene and all the mainstay events which have become part and parcel of the Festival will take place again. These include the Canal Musical Cruises, the outdoor ceilidh at the Vennel, the Hub at the Masonic Hall, the pub sessions along the High Street and the outdoor Nora Devine Stage at the Cross.”
“As in previous years, we will be taking the Festival out to the wider community with our ‘Oot n Aboot’ team performing at various venues, including
the Palace courtyard, the canal centre and Brae Court. At the other end of the age spectrum, younger children will be entertained when the legendary Mr Boom makes a welcome return.”
Full details of the festival can be found in the 12-page full colour Folk Festival guide, available at the Burgh Halls and other local outlets. There is also a comprehensive run down on the www.linlithgowfolk.com website. Most of the Festival events are free. Payment for all the ticketed events can be made at the box office in the Linlithgow Burgh Halls, The Cross, Linlithgow, West Lothian EH49 7AH telephone 01506 282720.
The Folk Festival Association is Friendly folk in Linlithgow and a warm welcome is assured to all festival-goers from home and abroad.
- Today’s Dorris Discussion is on castles and historic buildings since today’s guest Trish Santer is from the historic burgh town of Linlithgow, whose Castle and Palace was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and is one of Scotland’s top tourist attractions. Ciaran wants to know about the best castles or historic buildings YOU have visited, or even stayed in! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Ciaran’s FB page.
Ciaran Dorris Sunday Session, Sunday 1 September 5.00-7.00pm.