Le Vent du Nord returning to Orkney Folk Festival

We are delighted to present a surprise late addition to the festival programme – the return of the phenomenal Québécois group, Le Vent du Nord!

Renowned the world over, the multi award winning and highly acclaimed band is a leading force in Québec’s progressive francophone folk movement.  The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing its hard-driving soulful music with a broad range of global influences, whilst rooted in the Celtic diaspora.

An enthralling live quintet, Le Vent du Nord continually push the envelope and explore new sounds with stunning vocal arrangements, instrumental textures and an astoundingly tight interplay which they’ve built their legend on. Their five voices unite, alongside bouzouki, fiddle, guitar, piano, hurdy-gurdy, accordion, electric bass, jaw-harp and foot percussion, creating intense, joyful and dynamic live performances that expand the bounds of tradition in striking global directions.

Since forming back in 2002, the group has enjoyed meteoric success, performing well over 1,800 concerts over five continents and racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Félix at ADISQ, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and Artist of the...

2018 Festival Patronage now available

We’re pleased to report that Patronage for the 2018 festival is now available to purchase. For more information on the benefits, and to buy:

We are aware that this has taken slightly longer than usual to get up and running, and won’t bore you with why – just a couple of critical issues that were, unfortunately, entirely out of our hands. Pleased to say that these have been ironed out now, we’re up and running, and we thank you for your patience.


Twelve more artists announced for Orkney Folk Festival 2018

A further twelve artists have been announced for this year’s Orkney Folk Festival.

Joining the four first names, announced in December – Duncan Chisholm, The Once, String Sisters and Dougie MacLean – are:

Ímar (Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man), Fara (Orkney), The Maes (Australia), Saltfishforty (Orkney), The Wrigley Sisters (Orkney), Auld Hats New Heids (Scotland), TRIP (Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man), The Chair (Orkney), Kabantu (England, Scotland, South Africa), Gnoss (Orkney), the Craig Paton Dance Band (Scotland), and Jo Philby (Orkney).

Head to our line-up pages for information, videos and tunes and songs from all of the artists heading our way in May – or just click on their names above.


Caledonia’s Dougie MacLean to perform at 2018 festival

“Scotland’s pre-eminent singer-songwriter and a national musical treasure” (SingOut USA), Dougie MacLean will return to the Orkney Folk Festival in May 2018.

Originally famed for writing the much-loved anthem, Caledonia – MacLean has, over his 40-year career, developed a unique blend of lyrical, roots based songwriting and instrumental composition.

He has built a phenomenal international reputation as songwriter, composer and extraordinary performer, which has led to concerts and festivals all over the world, whilst his performance during the Closing Ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (alongside Kylie Minogue and Lulu) was viewed by a television audience of over a billion people worldwide.

MacLean’s songs have been covered by hosts of diverse artists, including Paolo Nutini, Amy MacDonald, Ronan Keating, Mary Black, Frankie Miller and Kathy Mattea. His breakout song, Caledonia – from his 1978 debut album, has become one of Scotland’s most popular contemporary songs, whilst his instrumental music has been widely used throughout TV and film – including the soundtracks of Last of the Mohicans and T2 Transpottingng.

Across his career, he has received numerous gold discs for album sales, two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall...