The Dardanelles

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 apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, however look forward to announcing more names to the festival bill in the coming weeks.

2015 Line-up announced!

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 country scene, Ward Thomas, who promise to bring us a flavour of Nashville, via the BBC Radio 2 daytime playlist.

Orkney Folk Festival audiences have long had a soft spot for our Canadian cousins, and so this year two groups will be heading across the Atlantic – The Dardanelles, from Newfoundland, and old-time showstoppers Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys, from Prince Edward Island.

Festival favourites, The New Rope String Band are making a welcome return to the festival – yet for their last visit, as they join us on their farewell tour. Also returning is a multi-instrumentalist of immense repute, yet making his first solo visit, is Tim Edey.

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Happy New Year!

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 announced three first-time visitors to the festival: Sharon Shannon, Seth Lakeman; and Ward Thomas.

Patronage for the 2015 festival will go on sale alongside the line-up launch.

Be back soon!

See you next year!

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 festival… go on!) the following year’s festival will jump back a week – in line with the late spring bank holiday, as it does every so often – to May 26-29, 2016.