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Festival Programme now available

No more waiting – the 2019 Orkney Folk Festival programme is now available to view. Right here!

The 37th festival programme comprises 36 concerts over four days, featuring some 52 artists from as far as Cuba and Cape Breton Island, as well as a very healthy contingent from Orkney’s own thriving folk scene. Old favourites are back, and newcomers – from home and away – make their debut appearances. It’s another bumper programme, and slightly reformatted to a more comprehensive festival guide: take a look!

We’ve a couple of major changes in 2019. The Festival Club is moving to a new, bigger, and largely custom-built home in the Stromness Community Centre (though not as you’ve ever seen it before…). Alongside, we now have three Farewell Concerts – hopefully satisfying demand for Sunday night tickets a wee bit better.

Dive in – have a look – it’s all here. Tickets go on advance sale to Festival Patrons on Saturday 13 April, and on general release a week later on Saturday 20 April.

Patronage can be bought up to April 6 –...

Between Islands to celebrate musical links between Orkney, Shetland and Outer Hebrides

The musical connections between three of Scotland’s island groups – Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides – are to be celebrated at this year’s Orkney Folk Festival, with two collaborative concerts featuring celebrated musicians and singers from each of the areas. 

Leading western Isles vocalists Julie Fowlis and Kathleen MacInnes will appear alongside Shetland’s Jenny Keldie and Orcadian duo Saltfishforty – Douglas Montgomery and Brian Cromarty – in two unique productions over the festival weekend.

The five musicians will present a Between Islands concert on Friday, May 24, in the Stromness Town Hall. They, and the theme of connections between island groups, will then form the basis of the 2019 incarnation of the festival’s highly successful Gathering event, on Sunday, May 26, which will also take place in the festival’s flagship venue. 

The Between Islands artists join a stellar line-up already announced for the 37th annual festival, including Four Men and a Dog; Lau; Cara Dillon; Dermot Byrne, Éamonn Coyne and John Doyle; Kinnaris Quintet, The Poozies and Còig, amongst many more. 

These two special concerts are the first of the Between Islands projects – an initiative headed up by Alex Macdonald, of the...

Listen to the 2019 Spotify playlist

You can now browse the festival line-up on Spotify, and get to know the artists appearing at the Orkney Folk Festival in May.

Preview the tracks below, or head straight to the Spotify app for the full playlist. Make sure to follow the festival’s account to be kept updated as further names are announced.

Festival Patronage now available

Patronage for the 2019 Orkney Folk Festival is now available to purchase.

For just £20, Festival Patrons receive discounted ferry travel to Orkney with NorthLink Ferries, early access to festival tickets, and discounted festival merchandise (not including artist merchandise).

Full informations, and terms and conditions, can be found here. See you in May!