Reliving 2013

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 what it is. We, the committee, work throughout the year to bring you a top notch weekend of music, but it simply wouldn’t be possible without our army of helpers. Whether on the ground in Stromness throughout the weekend, or just for a couple of hours, it takes many, many volunteer hours to bring the festival together – from office staff to drivers, to raffle sellers, to sandwich makers, stage managers, to runners, to the chair stackers, to the banner hangers…the list goes on. Thank you all.

Thanks also to the businesses and hostelries of Stromness for extending their opening hours, offering deals, and being the most accommodating community that we could ask for.

All of this would be a bit pointless if we didn’t have any bands to put on stages, though. Whether visiting the festival from south, north or abroad, or from Orkney’s own thriving scene, every single musician played a blinder – on and off stage.

But, saying all that, if we didn’t have any audiences, it would be a bit of a huge effort for a practice. Once again, most events sold out – and could have umpteen times over. Without the audience, there is no festival. Whether you bought one or several tickets – cheers!

May 22-25, 2014 – see you there!

Bob, Colin, Craig, Diane, Eileen, Elaine, Elma, Gavin, Gemma, Jo, Kate and Kenny
– The Orkney Folk Festival Committee