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BBC Radio Orkney festival preview

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The nice folks at BBC Radio Orkney recently aired a preview of this year’s festival. Have a listen here, to check out just some of the artist visiting in May. There’s also some chat with Kevin Henderson, of The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, and Jeana Leslie, from Fara.

Enter the 2015 Open Stage!

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Entry to the 2015 Orkney Folk Festival Open Stage is now open. If you fancy taking to the stage in the Stromness Town Hall – in the event’s tenth anniversary year – to be in with a chance of winning a slot at the 2016 festival, enter online here, until April 26. Applicants will be… Read more »

The Dardanelles

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Owing to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances, The Dardanelles, from Newfoundland, have unfortunately had to withdraw from performing at this year’s Orkney Folk Festival – and indeed their UK tour as a whole. We are currently finalising things with another fantastic artist, who will more than comfortably fill the band’s space in this year’s programme. We… Read more »

2015 Line-up announced!

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Enough waiting… here’s your lot for this year. Ooh, it’s a good’un! Making her long-awaited debut visit to Orkney, Irish accordionist Sharon Shannon will be heading our way, as will Mercury-nominated English singer/songwriter Seth Lakeman who is also set to make his first appearances in the county. So too are rising stars of the UK… Read more »

Happy New Year!

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Hello – hope this finds you all well in 2015! In amongst the eighteen leftover puddings and taking down the Christmas decorations, we’ve been busy putting the finishing touches to this year’s visiting artist line-up. It’s not quite ready yet – we are aiming to have it with you mid-January – but we have already… Read more »

See you next year!

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The 33rd Orkney Folk Festival will take place between May 21-24, 2015. After a brief spell spent recharging over the summer, the committee are now back into programming and planning – and will announce initial details of the line-up in January 2015. For those looking even further ahead (perhaps to build a holiday around the… Read more »

Beuy, that was some good fun!

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Now that we’re back up for air, it’s time for some reflection on what was another cracking festival. In short, thank you all for making it what it was, is, and will continue to be. We work most of the year to bring you a jam-packed four days of music, but that can only do… Read more »

Ticket Update – Here we go…

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With just hours to go to the 32nd Orkney Folk Festival, remaining tickets are increasingly thin on the ground – however, with more on offer than ever before this year, there’s still some here and there. Roll up, come on down, and take your pick from these cracking gigs: Thursday 01 – Opening Concert –… Read more »

Ticket Sales

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It’s almost here… and tickets are now on sale! They can be purchased online, on the phone (01856 851635), and in person at the Pier Arts Centre, in Stromness. As the festival approaches, a number of events have and will sell out – however the tickets page displays live availability. As we have moved to… Read more »

Talk – Change of Venue

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Owing to overwhelming demand, Saturday morning’s Talk – featuring Louise Bichan – has been relocated to the Royal Hotel. Same time (11am), just a slightly bigger room, less than five minute from the original venue. All tickets will be issued with the new venue, as well as a note to flag up the change.  … Read more »

Workshops

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If you fancy brushing up your skills on the fiddle, accordion or guitar, or dabbling in some Orkney song, ukulele or Cape Breton Step Dance – we’ve a workshop for you. On Saturday 24th May, we’ve six classes taking place in the Stromness Community Centre, where you can pick up some tips from masters of… Read more »

Fiddlers’ Rally

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If you’ve a hankering for taking to the stage, but don’t fancy the spotlight of the Open Stage, the Fiddlers’ Rally on Sunday afternoon may well be for you. Hosted by the West Mainland Strathspey and Reel Society, the ‘Rally brings together musicians from throughout Orkney and further afield, for massed performances of traditional tunes…. Read more »

Open Stage now welcoming applications

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Entries are now being sought for the 2014 Orkney Folk Festival Open Stage competition.  Now in its ninth year, the Open Stage offers its champions the opportunity to perform at the following year’s festival as a billed artist, so it is a hard-fought contest. Many of those who have taken part have gone on to… Read more »

Lowland Linties

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We are very sorry to report that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Lowland Linties will no longer be appearing at this year’s festival. We are in the process of lining up a fitting replacement, and look forward to welcoming the Linties to Orkney and in the future.

Hi aye! Long time no see…

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A new year, the party season’s now a distant memory, and it’s still a few months until the lighter evenings. Fortunately, we have the promise of four days of festival fun to take your mind off the winter, in the form of the 32nd Orkney Folk Festival. It’s great to be back. Are you ready?… Read more »

Like what we’ve done with the place?

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The eagle-eyed amongst you might have noticed a slight delay to announcing this year’s line-up. This was partly due to the ongoing construction of our just-got-the-keys, can-still-smell-the-paint, new pad. We reckon it was worth the wait – what do you think? If, like us, you want to invite everyone in for a look around, feel… Read more »

A grand few Gatherings

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The festival’s acclaimed showcase project, Orkney Folk: The Gathering, had its heralded mainland Scotland premiere at the 2013 outing of

Reliving 2013

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Thirty-one festivals down… let’s have another one! To whet your appetite for this year coming, you can check out reviews from The Scotsman and Spiral Earth. The committee would like to say a massive, unending thank you to everyone who played a part in the 31st festival, and in particular the droves of volunteers who make the festival… Read more »

Future Festival Dates

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Each year the festival takes place over the late May Bank Holiday weekend – i.e. the last weekend of the month, where the following Monday is still in May (and is the Bank Holiday). 2014 – May 22-25 2015 – May 21-24 2016 – May 26-29

A flavour of the 2012 Orkney Folk Festival

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Photos by Leila Angus – Orkney Folk Festival Photographer in Residence 2012. The soundtrack on this slideshow comes from Orkney Folk Festival CD The Gathering. Reviews of the 2012 festival can also be found via The Scotsman (five stars!) and Northings.