Ticket Sales

It’s almost here… and tickets are now on sale! They can be purchased online, on the phone (01856 851635), and in person at the Pier Arts Centre, in Stromness.

As the festival approaches, a number of events have and will sell out – however the tickets page displays live availability. As we have moved to a new box office system this year, all orders are processed in the one queue – there are no specific holds for online/phone/in-person orders – therefore, once the tickets page displays ‘sold out’, that’s them all gone. Neither the Pier Arts Centre, nor phone operators will have any more stock.

See you soon!



Talk – Change of Venue

Owing to overwhelming demand, Saturday morning’s Talk – featuring Louise Bichan – has been relocated to the Royal Hotel. Same time (11am), just a slightly bigger room, less than five minute from the original venue.

All tickets will be issued with the new venue, as well as a note to flag up the change.




If you fancy brushing up your skills on the fiddle, accordion or guitar, or dabbling in some Orkney song, ukulele or Cape Breton Step Dance – we’ve a workshop for you.

On Saturday 24th May, we’ve six classes taking place in the Stromness Community Centre, where you can pick up some tips from masters of their trade. Entry is just £5 (paid on the day), but numbers are limited – email to reserve your place.

Orkney Song (all abilities) – The Big Orkney Song Project
Guitar Accompaniment (intermediate to advanced) – Anna Massie
Ukulele (all abilities) – Fran Gray

Cape Breton Step Dance (all abilities) – Margie Beaton
Cape Breton Fiddle (intermediate to advanced) – Dawn Beaton
Accordion (intermediate to advanced) – Mairearad Green

Fiddlers’ Rally

If you’ve a hankering for taking to the stage, but don’t fancy the spotlight of the Open Stage, the Fiddlers’ Rally on Sunday afternoon may well be for you. Hosted by the West Mainland Strathspey and Reel Society, the ‘Rally brings together musicians from throughout Orkney and further afield, for massed performances of traditional tunes.

It is open to all who want to participate – not just fiddlers – and is quite a spectacle to behold, and be part of. If you fancy giving it a go, download the sheet music (it’s a large file, so bear with it) to up pick the tunes, head along to the Stromness Academy on Sunday for a rehearsal before the 2pm concert, and that’s you set.