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 with Orkney’s own folk stars at the four-day event.

Live Act of the Year at the 2015 Scots Trad Music Awards, RURA; Scottish fiddling sensations, Session A9; traditional Irish song quartet, Lynched; Acadian trio, Vishten, who hail from Canada’s Prince Edward Island and the Magdalen Islands; Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra, who fuse Western Swing, Gypsy Jazz, country...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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