Programme complete… check out our Spotify for a taster!

That’s the 2018 programme away to the printers: 49 artists, more than 200 musicians, 35 ticketed events (plus countless pub sessions)… one unforgettable weekend, heading our way in just seven weeks!

We’ll be posting the programme out to Festival Patrons as soon as we have them, and will post online and distribute locally shortly afterwards.

In the meantime, check out our Spotify playlist (just click on the player icon to load Spotify) for a taster of what’s to come, and who’s heading to the festival next month!


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.