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Orkney Folk Festival - 25-28 May

Between May 25 and 28, an estimated 50 acts, totalling over 200 musicians, will converge upon Stromness in Orkney’s West Mainland for the 35th festival. The festival comprises 36 ticketed events, across 20 venues in 14 different towns, villages and parishes, and is one of the highlights of the Scottish folk calendar. It boasts a huge line-up of guests from Orkney, Scotland and further afield.

Joining chart-topping Scottish songstress Eddi Reader, legendary Irish/American fiddle and guitar duo, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, the much-loved English and Irish quartet, Flook, and fast-rising stars of Eastern Canada’s folk scene, The East Pointers are: two acts from the USA - Wisconsin’s Jeffrey Foucault, one of the finest singer-songwriters of his generation, and Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, one of the New England post-folk scene’s most intriguing and captivating acts; one of Scotland’s best known and most popular groups, Blazin’ Fiddles (featuring Orkney’s own Kristan Harvey); the 2015 and 2016 winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Best Group title, Stockton’s The Young’uns; arguably Orkney’s most prolific musical son, Kris Drever, celebrating 10 years as an acclaimed solo artist; two of Scotland’s most captivating young groups - and both veritable musical powerhouses - Talisk and Elephant Sessions; and one of the most innovative and contemporary Scottish Dance Band leaders, Tom Orr and his band.

This stellar cast will be welcomed to the festival by Orkney’s thriving local folk scene. Home-grown acts confirmed to appear, so far, alongside Kris Drever (now based in Shetland) include the gutsy roots pairing of Brian Cromarty and Douglas Montgomery, Saltfishforty; Orkney’s worldwide touring fiddle, piano and guitar duo, The Wrigley Sisters; and the eight-piece musical juggernaut, born out of the festival itself, The Chair.

For more info on the festival and to see the huge guest list see: Orkney Folk Festival website