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Four Men and a Dog barking back to Orkney!

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Celebrating their 30th year on the road in 2019, Four Men and a Dogare making a very welcome return to the Orkney Folk Festival in 2019! Now safely in the rank of legendary, the band formed in 1990 to play at Murphy’s Bar in Dungiven, County Derry, before stealing the show at the Belfast Folk… Read more »

Next into the festival punch… The Poozies!

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Pioneers and trail-blazers, The Poozies have been pushing boundaries and exploring the musical landscape for over 25 years – and are making a welcome return to the Orkney Folk Festival in 2019. Founding member, Mary Macmaster (electro-harp, vocals) and long-term cohort Eilidh Shaw (fiddle, vocals) are joined by Hoy’s Sarah McFadyen (fiddle, banjo, guitar, vocals), and… Read more »

A long time coming… Lau returning in 2019

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Already nine years since they last appeared in Orkney, Lau are set to make a triumphant return to the folk festival in 2019. Whilst rooted in tradition, it’s safe to say that Lau have pushed the boundaries of modern folk music like few others; theirs has a bold, free-thinking, visionary sense of creativity and adventure that reshapes… Read more »

Cara Dillon returning in 2019

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Our first artist announced for the 2019 festival, is the utterly sublime Cara Dillon. Boasting “quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice” (MOJO magazine), Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the very top of her genre. This extraordinary Irish singer has been achieving exceptional acclaim and captivating audiences for over 20 years –… Read more »

See you in 2019!

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Thank you all for a fantastic 36th Orkney Folk Festival! Once again, the streets of Stromness thronged with visitors from within and outwith Orkney providing the perfect backdrop for the majority of the events of the weekend. Delivering such a bumper programme of events spread across the county simply does not happen without the many… Read more »

Ticket Update – 20 May (four days to go)

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With just four days to go ’til the festival begins, here’s our current ticket availability. Many events are now are down to single figures, and in total we’ve sold over 6,100 tickets – on a par with the last few years’ record sales. There is always a rush in the few days leading up to… Read more »

Tickets now on sale… and selling fast!

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Roll up, roll up… get your tickets now for the 36th Orkney Folk Festival, whilst you still can. After two very busy release weekends, we are currently (Friday 4 May) on 17 sold out events, across the festival’s 35  – however that does mean that we still have a great selection of events with tickets… Read more »

Tickets on sale to Festival Patrons

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Tickets for the 36th Orkney Folk Festival are currently on sale to Festival Patrons. General booking will open from 10am on Saturday 28th April. If you are registered as a Patron, head to the tickets page to purchase. We would also like to take this opportunity to apologise to the very many patrons who were… Read more »

Festival Programme now available

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The 2018 festival programme is now available – view here. The 36th Orkney Folk Festival comprises 35 ticketed concerts, as well as a few free events, workshops and innumerable pub sessions, across May 24-27. Some 49 artists, totalling around 200 musicians, will perform over the weekend, with visitors from as far afield as Quebec and… Read more »

Programme complete… check out our Spotify for a taster!

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 That’s the 2018 programme away to the printers: 49 artists, more than 200 musicians, 35 ticketed events (plus countless pub sessions)… one unforgettable weekend, heading our way in just seven weeks! We’ll be posting the programme out to Festival Patrons as soon as we have them, and will post online and distribute locally shortly… Read more »

Le Vent du Nord returning to Orkney Folk Festival

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We are delighted to present a surprise late addition to the festival programme – the return of the phenomenal Québécois group, Le Vent du Nord! Renowned the world over, the multi award winning and highly acclaimed band is a leading force in Québec’s progressive francophone folk movement.  The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional… Read more »

2018 Festival Patronage now available

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We’re pleased to report that Patronage for the 2018 festival is now available to purchase. For more information on the benefits, and to buy: https://orkneyfolkfestival.com/patronage/ We are aware that this has taken slightly longer than usual to get up and running, and won’t bore you with why – just a couple of critical issues that… Read more »

Twelve more artists announced for Orkney Folk Festival 2018

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A further twelve artists have been announced for this year’s Orkney Folk Festival. Joining the four first names, announced in December – Duncan Chisholm, The Once, String Sisters and Dougie MacLean – are: Ímar (Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man), Fara (Orkney), The Maes (Australia), Saltfishforty (Orkney), The Wrigley Sisters (Orkney), Auld Hats New Heids (Scotland), TRIP (Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man), The Chair (Orkney), Kabantu (England, Scotland, South Africa), Gnoss (Orkney), the Craig Paton Dance… Read more »

Caledonia’s Dougie MacLean to perform at 2018 festival

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“Scotland’s pre-eminent singer-songwriter and a national musical treasure” (SingOut USA), Dougie MacLean will return to the Orkney Folk Festival in May 2018. Originally famed for writing the much-loved anthem, Caledonia – MacLean has, over his 40-year career, developed a unique blend of lyrical, roots based songwriting and instrumental composition. He has built a phenomenal international reputation… Read more »

Six of the world’s finest fiddlers, String Sisters heading to O.F.F. 2018

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Featuring six of the world’s top fiddlers, from Shetland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and the USA, the phenomenal String Sisters will appear at the 2018 Orkney Folk Festival. Joined by a peerless quartet of piano, guitar, bass and drums, the String Sisters blend Nordic and Celtic traditions into one glorious, enthralling sound. Formed at Celtic Connections in 1998… Read more »

Newfoundland’s The Once to appear in 2018

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Multi-award winning indie folk trio, The Once, from Newfoundland, will appear at the 2018 Orkney Folk Festival Renowned for haunting interpretations of traditional music and a thoughtful, playful assembly of songs, presented within a distinctly modern sound and artistic freedom, the union of lead vocalist Geraldine Hollett, and vocalist-instrumentalists Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale has… Read more »

Duncan Chisholm heading to Orkney Folk Festival 2018

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Our first artist announced for the 2018 festival is the incomparable Duncan Chisholm. One of the most accomplished and authentic interpreters of traditional Highland music, Duncan’s music is elegant, trancelike and tender, laced with strokes of genius. The correlation between music and the natural world lies at the heart of what inspires Duncan, and the… Read more »

See you next year!

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There we go, folks – that was the 35th Orkney Folk Festival! Thank you to each and every person that helped make the festival,  yet again, such a huge success – from each one of the 7,000 ticket holders, to all of our artists, and all of our many hundreds of volunteers. It couldn’t happen… Read more »

Ticket Availability – May 15

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With just ten days to go, tickets are getting quite thin on the ground – out of 36 events, 24 have sold out, totalling in excess of 6,000 tickets! Here’s a condensed rundown of the 12 gigs still with some availability: FRIDAY Sanday Ceilidh (requires overnight stay); Academy Club SATURDAY St Magnus Way Launch Concert; Per Mare… Read more »

Ticket Availability – May 3

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Now that the initial opening rush on tickets has passed, and with just over three weeks to go, we still have a good spread of availability over the weekend – but if you’re thinking of coming, we advise moving fast! To date 20 out of 36 shows have sold out, totalling over 5,700 individual tickets –… Read more »