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London Orkney Folk Festival spotlight

Some of Orkney’s most well known folk musicians have been performing in London for a series of sell out shows spotlighting the award-winning Orkney Folk Festival.

Taking place at Kings Place in Kings Cross, London, the events were part of the venue’s Scotland Unwrapped series.

The programme is taking place at Kings Place throughout 2024 to celebrate Scottish music and spoken word culture. It aims to highlight both the traditional and contemporary arts which give Scotland its distinctive voice.  

Orkney Folk Festival partnered with Kings Place to run two days of concerts, gigs and workshops on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 February, to demonstrate the high quality musicianship the islands are famed for. More than 1,400 tickets were sold for the ten events.

Audiences experienced concert performances from Kris Drever, Saltfishforty, JenEric, Gnoss, Fara, and Orkney Folk: The Gathering. The festival’s legendary Saturday night Stomp was also recreated in London for one night only, giving people the chance to get on their feet and dance the night away to The Chair.  

Several workshops were also on offer for those keen to learn...

Orkney Folk Festival named Event of the Year

We’re delighted to share that Orkney Folk Festival won Event of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards in Dundee this weekend.

Our volunteer board and committee are thrilled to receive this recognition, and to round off a special year celebrating our 40th anniversary with you all.

To even be nominated among such a diverse range of events was a huge achievement, so we were over the moon to be an award winner on the night. Thank you to everyone who voted for us.

As our festival producer, Craig Corse, said on Saturday, this award isn’t just for us.

We couldn’t make the festival happen without our generous sponsors and supporters, the hundreds of volunteers who join us to deliver events, the Orkney community who welcome festival visitors and take part in the fun, and our brilliant audiences who have contributed to two record breaking years in 2022 and 2023.

A huge thank you to you all for making the festival what it is. We’ll look forward to seeing you for another weekend of fantastic music between 23 and 26 May 2024.

Orkney Friends on sale now

Our Orkney Friends supporter scheme has reopened today. By joining, you can support our volunteer-run event and the part it plays in celebrating folk music.

Your membership offers great benefits in return:

  • Exclusive events during the festival weekend
  • Early ticket access
  • 10% off festival merchandise
  • Discounts on travel to Orkney, subject to annual sponsorship.

We offer five levels of Orkney Friends memberships for up to ten adults, allowing larger groups to buy tickets together:

  • Up to two adults plus children: £60
  • Up to four adults plus children: £120
  • Up to six adults plus children: £180
  • Up to eight adults plus children: £240
  • Up to ten adults plus children: £300.

There’s no cap on the number of children’s tickets Friends can buy for each event, as long as it’s within the available ticket capacity.

Memberships last for 12 months and are offered on a rolling annual basis.

For more details and to sign up visit the Orkney Friends page of our website.

Announcing our 2024 line up

Orkney Folk Festival has announced the first wave of artists appearing at the 2024 event, taking place between 23 and 26 May 2024.

Leading artists from Canada, the USA, Australia, Ireland, Norway, England and throughout Scotland will join home-grown Orcadian musicians at the festival in its 41st year.

Contemporary Canadian folk/pop band The East Pointers will appear as part of their tenth anniversary celebrations, their first appearance at a Scottish festival in recent years.

They’ll be joined by no less than four other Canadian acts: Quebecois trio Genticorum, and three diverse acts from Newfoundland, Rum Ragged, Quote the Raven, and Mallory Johnson, as the province celebrates its Year of the Arts in 2024

Transatlantic connections will also be celebrated with the appearances of banjo prodigy Nora Brown with Stephanie Coleman, country artist Brennen Leigh, and quartet Corner House, featuring Orphir’s own Louise Bichan heading home for the festival. 

Long-time musical collaborators Michael McGoldrick and John McCusker will be joined for one weekend only by Orcadian Kris Drever, combining the talents of three heavyweights in the UK folk scene.

The festival will also be joined by legendary Irish musicians, Mairtín O’Connor, Cathal Hayden, and Seamie O’Dowd, as...