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Return of Orkney Folk Festival a record-breaker!

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After three long years, the Orkney Folk Festival returns to a full-scale live event this weekend, and in triumphant style – breaking all previous ticket records.  For the first time in the event’s 39-year history, over 7,000 individual concert tickets have sold in advance of the Stromness-based festival’s opening, today, with 17 of the festival’s… Read more »

Tickets now on sale!

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Tickets for the 2022 Orkney Folk Festival are on sale now! It’s been a long three years since our last live event, and we cannot wait to see everyone back in Stromness and throughout Orkney next month. As you might imagine after two years off, initial demand for tickets is quite high. If you’re thinking… Read more »

Roll up for the Rally!

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Sheet music for this year’s Fidders’ Rally, on Sunday 29 May, is now available! Hosted by the West Mainland Strathspey and Reel Society, the annual Fiddlers’ Rally brings together a great number of musicians from throughout Orkney and further afield, for massed performances of traditional tunes. A staple of the Orkney Folk Festival programme since our… Read more »

Get the tunes on!

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With the full line-up and festival programme announced, we’ve just updated our 2022 Spotify playlist! Over five and a half hours of tunes from visiting and Orcadian artists, as well as a few from the festival’s very own live Gathering recordings. Check it out here and get to know (most of) the artists heading to… Read more »

Festival Programme now available!

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After two long years, we’re so excited to not only be back with a LIVE festival programme – but now to be able to share what’s in store. You can download a PDF of the programme brochure, view online here, or just scroll through the listings here. Festival Patrons will receive copies in the mail… Read more »

Orkney Folk Festival to return to full-scale live event in May

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Stromness is set to come alive to folk music from around the world once again, as the team behind the Orkney Folk Festival have announced a return to a full-scale live event this spring.  In the first wave of line-up announcements, 24 acts have been unveiled for the 39th outing of the award-winning festival. Musicians… Read more »

Happy New Year!

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Hi aye folks, long time no speak… we just wanted to pop by and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and all the best for 2022 when it comes. We can’t wait to see everyone back in Stromness, and in halls across Orkney, for a live festival next year! We’ll be back with more information… Read more »

Virtually Orkney Folk Festival 2021: Thank You!

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Well there we go… thank you everyone!  Needless to say this year’s weekend has been a peedie bit different – again. Whilst we cannot wait to get back to doing the real thing in person, one upside of this year’s festival has been that the committee has been able to sit back, relax and enjoy… Read more »

Orkney’s Folky Folk

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As part of next weekend’s Virtually Orkney Folk Festival, Kristan Harvey and Jeana Leslie from Fara have been out and about in the isles, getting to know some of the people behind Orkney’s rich folk scene. Following their hugely successful Orkney Series in 2020, where Jeana and Kristan travelled around the county uncovering the stories… Read more »

Virtual Fiddlers’ Rally!

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Our annual Fiddlers’ Rally has been a cornerstone of the festival programme since our very first in 1983 – and this year is no exception! For nearly four decades, the Fiddlers’ Rally has brought together a great many musicians from throughout Orkney and further afield, for massed performances of traditional tunes, led by the West… Read more »

Announcing: Virtually Orkney Folk Festival 2021!

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Presenting a brand new, never-seen-before digital programme, 2021’s Virtually Orkney Folk Festival will feature exclusive performances from an international bill of leading folk artists from Scotland, England, Norway, Denmark and Canada – alongside a number of newly commissioned performances from homegrown Orcadian artists. The four day event, streaming over the festival’s regular long weekend of… Read more »

Orkney Folk Festival 2021

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The 2021 Orkney Folk Festival, due to take place over May 27-30, is once again set to be a digital event, as a result of ongoing restrictions and uncertainty surrounding the covid-19 pandemic.  Until very recently, we remained hopeful of being able to stage a live festival in the spring. Last year was the first… Read more »

New Merchandise!

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We’re delighted to unveil some new merchandise items – on sale now in the festival shop! New for 2020, we have hand-blown glass bottles and coffee cups with silicone sleeves (100% plastic free and recyclable), and enamel pin badges. There’s also a few bargains to be grabbed on our limited sale stock Shipping worldwide, but… Read more »

Limited Edition Merch Sale!

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Why not treat yourself to some limited edition festival merchandise this weekend? Support the festival with some new threads for your next Zoom meeting/pint. We’ve added loads of new items to our online shop. Many are down to their last handful left, and ALL at special festival weekend prices! T-shirts, fleeces, jackets, CDs, even Teddies…… Read more »

The Big 2020 Lockdown Special

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Hope everyone’s getting on as well as can be, in these crazy times. As you’ll no doubt be aware, this weekend would have been our 38th festival. Obviously that’s not to be this year, and needless to say we can’t wait to be back up and running once this is all over. In the meantime,… Read more »

38th Orkney Folk Festival postponed until 2021

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is with very heavy hearts that we are postponing the 38th Orkney Folk Festival until 2021. Given yesterday’s announcements from both the UK and Scottish governments regarding social distancing and public gatherings, we have no choice but to sit this year out. Public health and all necessary precautions… Read more »

18 more artists announced for 2020!

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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… Read more »

Talisk heading for Orkney Folk Festival 2020!

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One of Scotland’s most popular folk-based groups to emerge in the last decade, chart-toppers Talisk are set to appear at the 2020 Orkney Folk Festival. Mohsen Amini, Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong fuse concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a multi-layered, enthralling signature that effortlessly captivates. In recent years, the trio have toured the world stacking up… Read more »

Madison Violet back by popular demand!

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Returning by popular demand, Canadian roots duo Madison Violet will be heading back to Orkney in May 2020. A highlight of the 2014 festival, Madison Violet have been captivating audiences and critics alike for two decades, with their combination of heart-wrenching songwriting and luscious harmonies married with the natural storytelling of folk, the rhythms of Americana… Read more »

SVER set to excite in 2020

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One of the most acclaimed live acts of the Nordic folk scene, five-piece SVER will be joining us at the 38th Orkney Folk Festival in May 2020! From the wistful and dreamy, to frenzied, pounding, sweaty floor-fillers, SVER’s music is grounded in the roots of their native Norway and Sweden, fused with a bold sense of… Read more »