Posts Categorized: News

Per Mare – Venue Change

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Following exceptional early demand, we are pleased to have been able to find a bigger space in Stromness to host the very popular ‘Per Mare – Haven inside the Bay’ event taking place on the festival’s Saturday morning. With the Royal Hotel having sold out very quickly, the foy will now be held just up the… Read more »

Ticket Sales

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Tickets go on sale to Festival Patrons at 10am on Saturday 22 April. As with recent years, all sales are online – there are no over-the-counter sales until the week of the festival itself, in May. All that you need to login, and gain access to tickets, is the email address used when signing up for… Read more »

Festival Programme now available!

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We are pleased to now be able to share this year’s festival programme – comprising 36 ticketed events, across 20 venues in 14 different towns, villages and parishes. Have a browse through our digital brochure, or download a PDF version to view offline. Alternatively you can scroll through listings on our programme page. Tickets for the… Read more »

Enter the 2017 Open Stage

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Entry to this year’s Open Stage competition is now open, until April 30th. The Open Stage is a friendly competition, open to all – soloists, bands, musicians and singers (in any combination) – taking place on Saturday 27 May. This year we’ve moved the event slightly later in the day, to 3pm, and into the… Read more »

Orcadian connections centre-stage at the festival

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A further six artists have been added to the line-up of this year’s festival, including a few Orcadian artists making their way home for the festival, as well as one of Norway’s most celebrated Hardanger fiddlers, who will explore the links between Orcadian and Norwegian folk traditions. A regular name at recent Orkney Folk Festivals,… Read more »

2017 Patronage now available

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Patronage for the 2017 festival is now available. For just £20, Festival Patrons benefit from advanced access to tickets (in April), 30% discounted travel from the Scottish mainland to Orkney with NorthLink Ferries (passengers and car fares only – cabins not included) and 10% off festival merchandise (not including artist CDs or band merch). Purchase… Read more »

O.F.F. receives volunteering award

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We’re delighted to report that the festival has become the first in the county to receive the Quality Volunteering Award from Voluntary Action Orkney, highlighting the organisation’s commitment to volunteering and volunteer management – not to mention that of our outstanding volunteer workforce. VAO’s Quality Volunteering programme enables any organisation that involves volunteers in their work to comprehensively review volunteer management,… Read more »

Preview the 35th Orkney Folk Festival on Spotify

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Having now passed the three-months-to-go mark, and to help us on the way to May – here’s this year’s Spotify playlist. We’ve selected just a few tracks from the bands appearing (from afar, and closer to home), and will keep it updated as more are announced over the coming weeks and months. Enjoy!

35th Orkney Folk Festival Line-up Announced

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With little more than four months to go until the 35th Orkney Folk Festival, the full line-up of artists booked to appear at this year’s outing have been announced, alongside a handful of Orkney’s home-grown musicians already confirmed. Joining chart-topping Scottish songstress Eddi Reader, legendary Irish/American fiddle and guitar duo, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, the… Read more »

Eddi Reader set to return to 2017 festival

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Returning to the festival, following her triumphant Orkney debut in 2012, is the one and only Eddi Reader. One of Scotland’s most prolific and instantly recognisable voices, Eddi needs little introduction. From topping the chats with Fairground Attraction in the 1980s, winning three BRIT Awards, to her heralded reworking of the songs of Robert Burns and… Read more »

From island to island; PEI to Orkney – The East Pointers

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From one island steeped in musical history to another… The East Pointers will be joining us in 2017! One of Canada’s most talked about musical exports in recent years – in equal demand in Australia and the UK as they are on home shores – The East Pointers are a multi award-winning, exhilarating trio, whose music… Read more »

Returning after 16 years – Flook

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Making a welcome return to Orkney, some 16 years since their last visit… FLOOK! One of the most innovative and exciting live acts to come from the English/Irish folk scene, Flook weave Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen’s flutes with the guitar of Ed Boyd and John Joe Kelly’s bodhran, into one breathtaking and groundbreaking sound…. Read more »

First up for 2017 – Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

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Our first act to be announced for 2017 is the legendary fiddle and guitar duo, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill! Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music. His unique sound, his mastery of the fiddle and his acknowledgement of the past and his shaping of… Read more »

Parliamentary congratulations on Trad Awards nominations

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Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has raised a motion in the Scottish Parliament congratulating both the Orkney Folk Festival and The Reel on our current Scots Trad Music Awards nominations, for Event and Venue of the Year, respectively. Many humbled thanks from all at the festival to Liam and his team! Voting is open until Friday… Read more »

MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards nomination!

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We’re delighted to report that the festival has been nominated as Event of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards! Regarded by many as the most prestigious awards ceremony in the traditional music calendar, the STMAs are coordinated by Hands Up for Trad, who will crown the best talent in Scottish trad – across… Read more »

See you next year!

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Phew…  35 gigs, 55 acts, around 7,000 tickets sold, hunners of pub sessions, and well over 100 volunteers. Safe to say the 2016 was another record-breaking success – thank you all! We’ll be back next year for the 35th – between May 25-28, 2017 – but in the meantime would very much appreciate if those… Read more »

Another record-breaker!

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With the festival beginning tonight (Thursday) we are once again toasting a record-breaking year! Sales for the festival’s 34th outing have already surpassed the event’s previous highest figure, set just twelve months ago, with over 6,600 tickets sold in advance of this weekend’s festivities. This figure marks the second year of substantial audience growth, with… Read more »

New CD release – ‘Fiddle Gathering’

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A number of Orkney’s finest musicians, spanning several generations, feature on our new live CD – Orkney Folk Festival: Fiddle Gathering – released this weekend. Recorded live in at the 2015 festival, the record features some 20 musicians under the direction of Douglas Montgomery, brought together to celebrate the isles’ rich fiddle tradition, in one… Read more »

Cheers!

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Back in 2014, we were very excited to partner with the Swannay Brewery to create our very own (and very fine) festival beer – Orkney Session. After two years of the cask ale selling out, we are delighted to now be able to offer the good stuff in bottled form too – meaning you can… Read more »

Ticket Collections

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Owing to overwhelming early demand, we will be operating a collection point for prepaid festival tickets this Saturday, May 14. Folk who have already bought tickets online, and opted to collect them from the Box Office, can now do so ahead of the festival, by visiting our new admin office within the Stromness Ferry Terminal,… Read more »