2022 Programme

The programme for the 2023 Orkney Folk Festival will be published next year.

As a guide to the overall breadth and scope of our live festival programme, you can view the 2022 edition, or just scroll below. We must stress that this should be used as a guide only, to help get a feel for the weekend.

 

Thursday 26 May

Opening Concert | Stromness Town Hall | 7.30-10pm
Karine Polwart, with Steven Polwart & Inge Thomson
Skerryvore
Talisk
Jennifer Austin and Eric Linklater
Stromness RBL Pipe Band

Finstown Concert | Firth Community Centre | 7.30pm
Fara
Gnoss
Tannara

Sandwick Concert | Sandwick Community Hall | 7.30pm-10pm
Madison Violet
Siobhan Miller
Brìghde Chaimbeul
The Peter Wood Shetland Dance Band
Kate Fletcher and Corwen Broch

Harray Concert | Harray Community Centre | 7.30pm-10pm
The Langan Band
Dean Owens and The Sinners
Edwina Hayes
Login’s Well

Festival Club | Stromness Community Centre | 10.30pm-1am
Helene Blum and Harald Haugaard Band
Dàimh
Saltfishforty

 

Friday 27 May

Lunchtime Club | Stromness Community Centre | 12-2pm
Edwina Hayes
SVER
Jo Philby

Afternoon Concert | Stromness Town Hall | 2.30-4.30pm
Talisk
Fara
Tannara
Ruach

Acoustic Song Club | Stromness Community Centre | 3-5pm
Siobhan Miller
Orkney Voices

Stromness Concert | Stromness Town Hall | 7.30-10pm
Blazin’ Fiddles
Yorkston/Thorne/Khan
Dean Owens and The Sinners
Skeldro

Pickaquoy Concert | Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall | 7.30-10pm
Skerryvore
Madison Violet
SVER
Hadhirgaan
Beld Hid Oot!

Deerness Concert | Deerness Community Centre | 7.30-10pm
Brìghde Chaimbeul
The Langan Band
Edwina Hayes
The Brewers

Birsay Concert & Dance | Birsay Community Hall | 7.30pm-12.30am
Helene Blum and Harald Haugaard Band
Kevin Henderson & Neil Pearlman
Gnoss
Erika Shearer
Dance – The Peter Wood Shetland Dance Band 

Festival Club | Stromness Community Centre | 10.30pm-1am
Karine Polwart, with Steven Polwart and Inge Thomson
Fara
Jenny Keldie and Brian Cromarty

Stomp | Stromness Academy | 10.30pm-1am
Talisk
Dàimh

 

Saturday 28 May

Lunchtime Club | Stromness Community Centre | 12-2pm
Madison Violet
Siobhan Miller
Driftwood Cowboys

Family Ceilidh | Stromness Academy | 2-4pm
The Peter Wood Shetland Dane Band 

The Orcadians of Hudson Bay | Stromness Town Hall | 2.30-4pm
Inspired by his fellow Orcadians who travelled to The Hudson’s Bay Companyin Northern Canada to make their living in the fur industry during the 18th and 19th centuries, Graham Rorie presents The Orcadians of Hudson Bay.The culmination of four years’ research and writing, and accompanied by an all-star band, Graham Rorie’s fiddle and electric tenor guitar is joined by Charlie Stewart (double bass), Kristan Harvey (fiddle), Padruig Morrison (accordion), Rory Matheson (piano) and Signy Jakobsdottir (drums and percussion).

Acoustic Song Club | Stromness Community Centre | 3-5pm
Edwina Hayes
Sarah Jane Gibbon and Emma Grieve

Stromness Concert | Stromness Town Hall | 7.30-10pm
SVER
Helene Blum and Harald Haugaard Band
Kevin Henderson and Neil Pearlman
Margaret Robertson and Karen Tweed

Pickaquoy Concert | Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall | 7.30-10pm
Karine Polwart, with Steven Polwart and Inge Thomson
Blazin’ Fiddles
Yorkston/Thorne/Khan
Brìghde Chaimbeul
Orkney Rocks

Holm Concert | Holm Community Centre | 7.30-10pm
Dàimh
Tannara
Siobhan Miller
Orkney Traditional Music Projet

Harray Concert & Dance | Harray Community Centre | 7.30pm-12.30am
Madison Violet
Dean Owens and The Sinners
Edwina Hayes
Hullion

Dance – The Peter Wood Shetland Dance Band

Festival Club | Stromness Community Centre | 10.30pm-1am
Talisk
The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc
Graham Rorie: The Orcadians of Hudson Bay

Stomp | Stromness Academy | 10.30pm-1am
The Chair
The Langan Band

 

Sunday 29 May

Lunchtime Club | Stromness Community Centre | 12-2pm
Helene Blum and Harald Haugaard Band
Brìghde Chaimbeul
Norn

Orkney Folk: The Gathering | Stromness Town Hall | 2-4.30pm
A celebration; 10 years since the first legendary show many of the original cast are reuniting. Douglas Montgomery picks up the reins and puts on a show celebrating the best of Orkney music. For too long live music has been constrained, this concert will be a reunion in more ways than one. In Orkney, music is a social event and stitches together the fabric of Orkney life. Without it we have been bereft, but no more. Come and enjoy the camaraderie, bonhomie and welcome back The Gathering. Featuring members of Fara, Gnoss, Saltfishforty, The Chair, Jennifer Austin, Eric Linklater, The Orkney Folk Festival Choir and many more.

Fiddlers’ Rally | Stromness Academy | 2-4pm
West Mainland Strathspey & Reel Society
Orkney Strathspey & Reel Society
Orkney Accordion and Fiddle Club
Guest – The Peter Wood Shetland Dance Band

Sunday Afternoon in Harray | Harray Community Centre | 2-4.30pm
Talisk
Madison Violet
Siobhan Miller
James and Ellen Grieve

Sunday Song Club | Stromness Community Centre | 3-5pm
Ellen MacDonald
Bruce Mainland

Farewell Concert One | Stromness Town Hall | 6.30-10pm
Blazin’ Fiddles
Siobhan Miller
Yorkston/Thorne/Khan
Brìghde Chaimbeul
Edwina Hayes
Ruach 

Farewell Concert Two | Stromness Community Centre | 6.30-10pm
Karine Polwart, with Steven Polwart and Inge Thomson
SVER
Kevin Henderson and Neil Pearlman
Dean Owens and The Sinners
The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc
Tannara

Farewell Concert Three | Stromness Academy | 7-10.30pm
Talisk
Helene Blum and Harald Haugaard Band
Madison Violet

Dàimh
The Peter Wood Shetland Dance Band