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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 »

Take part in the Fiddlers’ Rally!

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If you fancy taking to the stage in this year’s Fiddlers’ Rally, held on Sunday 29 May in the Stromness Academy, you can now download a copy of this year’s sheet music to brush up on the tunes ahead. Hosted by the West Mainland Strathspey and Reel Society, the Fiddlers’ Rally brings together a great… Read more »

Enter the Open Stage!

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Entry to this year’s Open Stage competition is now open – apply online here! The Open Stage is – as it says on the tin – a stage open to all: soloists or groups; singers, musicians or both. With a billed slot at next year’s festival up for grabs, in return for just a 10… Read more »

Programme out now!

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The 2016 festival programme is now available – download the brochure PDF here, or view online – detailing 35 ticketed events (not including workshops, free events and pub sessions) and 55 acts, all within just four days next months. Tickets will go on sale to Festival Patrons at 10am on April 16, a week ahead… Read more »

Preview the festival on Spotify

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To get you in the mood for the festival, you can preview most of the artists appearing, on Spotify.  If you’re already signed up to the site, be sure to follow the playlist and you’ll be kept up to date as we announce new bands. More coming soon!

Become a 2016 Festival Patron

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Patronage is now available for this year’s festival. For just £20, Patrons qualify for a 30% discount on travel to Orkney with NorthLink Ferries, 10% off festival merchandise and advanced access to tickets. BUY PATRONAGE ONLINE On buying patronage, you will be asked to create an account – or sign back into one from 2015,… Read more »

18 Acts and 9 Traditions heading for Orkney in 2016

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The team behind the Orkney Folk Festival have today (Tuesday, January 12) revealed some 14 acts, bringing the current total to 18, spanning nine distinct traditions, who will perform at the 34th annual event, held between May 26-29. Artists from the United States, Canada, Finland, Ireland, England, mainland Scotland, Shetland and the Hebrides will join… Read more »

Our final Christmas teaser… Julie Fowlis!

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The last of our advance names for next year’s festival is the multi-award winning and world-renowned Gaelic singer, Julie Fowlis. Julie has graced stages around the globe – from village halls in the Highlands, to theatres in Paris, Vienna, London and New York, to singing live at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow XX Commonwealth… Read more »

Fun times ahead, with Finland’s finest – Frigg!

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The leading act of the Nordic fiddle scene, Frigg are making their maiden voyage to Orkney in 2016. Featuring the premier talents of a generation of Finnish folk musicians, these seven players draw their strength first and foremost from the music of their homeland, incorporating many other influences from their worldwide travels to create their… Read more »

Making their way to Orkney – The Unthanks!

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The second act to be announced for the 2016 Orkney Folk Festival is the sublime Tynside sister-act, The Unthanks. Becky and Rachel Unthank explore the traditional music and songs of the North East of England, shaping with otherworldly harmonies and audacious arrangements, whilst drawing on influences ranging from Steve Reich to Tom Waits. Their eighth… Read more »

First up for 2016… Liz Carroll!

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We are delighted to announce our first artist for 2016’s festival – the one and only Liz Carroll! Liz is one of the world’s most renowned fiddlers and prolific composers, whose tunes have entered into the repertoire of musicians around the globe. Born in Chicago of Irish parents, and having been surrounded by music from… Read more »

See you next year!

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That’s all folks! Thanks to everyone who played a part in this year’s festival – all 55 acts, the 12-strong committee, over 100 volunteers, 14 sound and light men, and our record-breaking 6,000+ audience. May 26-29, 2016 – see you for number 34!

Curtain Up!

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The 33rd Orkney Folk Festival kicks off today, signalling the start of four days of concerts, ceilidhs, clubs, sessions, workshops, talks and more throughout the county. Ticket sales have already surpassed the highest totals for any previous year – held jointly by the 30th anniversary weekend, in 2012, and 2014 – with well over 6,000… Read more »

Spotify Playlist

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We’ve created a Spotify playlist for this year’s festival, featuring most of the acts appearing. Check it out to get you in the mood!

Join the Fiddlers’ Rally!

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If you fancy taking to the stage during the festival, and picking up some new tunes into the bargain, why not join in with the Fiddlers’ Rally on the afternoon of Sunday 24 May? Hosted by the West Mainland Strathspey and Reel Society, the Rally brings together musicians from throughout Orkney and further afield, for… Read more »

New t-shirt design, through Orkney College partnership

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No trip to a festival would be complete without purchasing a limited edition piece of merchandise, and this year we are delighted to have partnered with the art portfolio course at Orkney College, to create a brand new t-shirt design. After weeks of design development, each student submitted one final design to be considered by… Read more »