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Linlithgow Folk Festival 5th-9th September 2012 - Trish Santer - 27-07-2012 02:23 PM
Just announcing that this year's Festival details were officially launched last night at Linlithgow Union Canal Centre. (No-one ended up in the canal!)
We had a great evening of songs, tunes and laughter, after the brief formalities were over. This included an announcement from our webmaster re the new format of our website at http://linlithgowfolk.com/
The new leaflet is now available at Linlithgow Burgh Halls, which is also the booking office for a number of events, or from Committee members who will be dispersing them rapidly.
Do check the link to the website to download the pdf of the Festival brochure: the site will be updated with lists of performers appearing at the Festival Showcase, Nora Devine outdoor stage, Canal Basin and Doors Open Day, as these become available, as well as more details of sessions. Several of these performers gave us a taste of their repertoire at last night's event.
Thanks to all who have supported in the past, and hope to see even more of you there this year!
RE: Linlithgow Folk Festival 5th-9th September 2012 - JAJ - 01-08-2012 08:38 AM
Worth coming along on Saturday to hear the great Ralph McTell and all the "bluegrassers" can be safely left to their own devices.
RE: Linlithgow Folk Festival 5th-9th September 2012 - Eric Renshaw - 01-08-2012 10:56 AM
(01-08-2012 08:38 AM)JAJ Wrote: Worth coming along on Saturday to hear the great Ralph McTell and all the "bluegrassers" can be safely left to their own devices.
Certainly is, we've bought out tickets already. The last time we heard him was in Berwick, and his guitar playing was absolutely superb.
RE: Linlithgow Folk Festival 5th-9th September 2012 - Trish Santer - 26-08-2012 11:19 PM
Thanks Eric and JAJ, he's a really legendary player! Still some tickets left but going pretty fast now. I'll be putting all the other programme - for the indoor and outdoor stages and Canalside - up on the website very soon too, including a certain Anne Renshaw!
RE: Linlithgow Folk Festival 5th-9th September 2012 - JAJ - 31-08-2012 01:55 PM
I've got my tickets for Ralph....my love of his music goes back a long time. Very early seventies and long before Streets of London became a hit!!
Mind you, it was already a folky standard and earlier recordings were available. The Johnstons also did a great cover. As early as 1970, it also topped the sheet music sales chart.
(Nae bad info from a pontificator "who obviously knows so little")
RE: Linlithgow Folk Festival 5th-9th September 2012 - Trish Santer - 11-09-2012 05:23 PM
Well that's it all over for another year, and it was a great weekend, with better luck with the weather than last year - not very warm, but at least the rain held off until after the last act had finished on the outdoor stage.
Ralph was, of course, superb, and the support group, Barluath, were stunningly good too!
Thanks to all supported it, and gave us pre-festival "bumps" on here, Footstomin and Facebook, even that pontificator fellow (who knows plenty about Ralph McTell but no much about Sidmouth! )
RE: Linlithgow Folk Festival 5th-9th September 2012 - JAJ - 12-09-2012 02:35 PM
Ralph MacTell was indeed a class act but Barluath were not quite to my taste.
Obviously, they are good albeit not outstanding musicians but I felt their individual contributions to "the whole" were limited. While Ainsley is undoubtably an excellent singer, her performance reveals (or gives the impression) that she has a "trained voice" and, for me, this style of interpreting song in such a "stilted" fashion doesn't really suit traditional music.
The introductions came over as a little over enthusiastic as well although I'm sure that others might suggest that they were just a "breath of fresh air"!
For instance, we were informed that the next song was written by "the very, very famous Hamish Henderson".
Hamish was indeed a significant figure in the folk revival but not "famous" or a super star in they way this introduction implied. I blame the RC course tutors myself.....
RE: Linlithgow Folk Festival 5th-9th September 2012 - Trish Santer - 12-09-2012 11:52 PM
Ah well, we're all entitled to have our taste (as well as our tune!)
Don't forget they are still learning their craft, whether by degree course or the way that Ralph himself came up through rather different channels. I thought Ainsley has a very versatile voice and knew how to use it, and it didn't worry me that she might have had a wee bit of training, as she used it to good effect in each song that she did.
And it surely must be exceptional for a support band to sell such a huge number of CDs as they did on that night - seems a good number of folk liked them better than you did!
RE: Linlithgow Folk Festival 5th-9th September 2012 - JAJ - 13-09-2012 07:36 AM
"Don't forget they are still learning their craft"
It's just my personal opinion on how things stand at the present time. They were a fine enough band to have as a support but they still have a long way to go in the great scheme of things especially in terms of stage presentation. However, they certainly came over as nice friendly people which was in their favour even if it seemed that they were trying a little too hard to please at times.
Obviously, lots of people enjoy different things which is probably just as well. Otherwise, every concert I wished to attend would be sold out.