A further 18 artists have today been added to the bill for the 2020 Orkney Folk Festival.
A strong Scottish contingent heads up the 38th festival line-up, complimented by leading artists from Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, India, the USA, England, Shetland, and of course Orkney’s own thriving local scene.
Scottish folk rockers Skerryvore will make their debut Orkney appearances in their fifteenth year on the road, whilst festival favourites Blazin’ Fiddles and Dàimh will both make welcome returns. Shetland fiddler Kevin Henderson and USA pianist Neil Pearlman kick off their debut UK tour at the festival, as multi award-winning Skye piper Brìghde Chaimbeul also makes her first Orkney appearances.
Celebrated Scottish singer Siobhan Miller returns to the festival, though fronting her own band for the first time, as do the immensely popular Peter Wood Shetland Dance Band, Yorkshire singer-songwriter Edwina Hayes, and one of Denmark’s most popular live acts, the Blum and Haugaard Band.
Fife singer-songwriter James Yorkston, English jazzer Jon Thorne and Indian classical sarangi player and singer Suhail Yusuf Khan will visit the festival in their serendipitous three-piece collaboration, whilst fellow trios The Langan Band and Dean Owen and The Southerners will also make their debut Orkney Folk Festival appearances.
Scottish/Orcadian quartet Tannara also join the festival bill for the first time in 2020, whilst home-grown groups Fara and Gnoss return amidst their extensive touring. They join local favourites Saltfishforty, The Wrigley Sisters and The Chair, with of many more Orcadian acts to be announced over the coming months.
These newly released artists join Karine Polwart, Madison Violet, Talisk and SVER, announced in December.
For full information on all acts, head to our line-up pages.