The 32nd annual The Orkney Folk Festival will take place at various locations around Stromness, Orkney Islands, in Scotland from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th May 2014. Expect a line-up of music featuring both established and emerging artists set against the local traditions and musicians.
Aoife O'Donovan, The Beaton Sisters’ Band, Broken Strings, The Chair, Dervish, Family Atlantica, Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail, Fiona Driver and Graham Simpson, Hullion, Madison Violet, Mairearad and Anna, Mànran, Matthew Maclennan Dance Band, Mick West Trio, The Mischa Macpherson Trio, No Soond, Orkney Folk: The Gathering, Paddy Callaghan Trio, Pentlands Ceilidh Band, Qristina and Quinn Bachand, Saltfishforty, Shooglenifty, SVER, and The Wrigley Sisters.
Tickets are not yet on sale, and vary depending upon event. It is not possible to attend every event, especially in the evenings, as there are often three or four on the go at the one time.
The festival hosts over thirty events featuring something for everyone concerts, ceilidhs, sessions, workshops and talks, and aims to cater for all tastes - from the acoustic song clubs for the puritan to the more energetic, contemporary dance gigs for those who like to jump around to the music, and most things in between.
The Orkney Folk Festival is centered in Stromness, Orkney's second largest town. Some events take place in Kirkwall, and in some mainland parishes, as well as one or two of the smaller islands.
There is not a festival campsite, however there is a very well equipped one within walking distance of Stromness town centre, owned and operated by Orkney Islands Council.
There are three ferry companies that operate from mainland Scotland to Orkney Northlink Ferries from Scrabster direct into Stromness, and from Aberdeen to Kirkwall; Pentland Ferries from Gill's Bay to St. Margaret's Hope; and the John O'Groats Ferry (no vehicles, passengers only), from John O'Groats to Burwick, in South Ronaldsay.
FlyBe/Loganair also operates regular (at least one per day) flights to Kirkwall from Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Shetland.
If you are relying entirely on public transport to get to Orkney, the best option is either of Northlink's services, or to fly. Citylink and Megabus connect from all major Scottish towns and cities to Inverness, from where there is a direct bus service to Scrabster timetabled to meet the ferry connection. Rail connections go as far as Thurso (2 miles from Scrabster), from where you will need to get the bus or a taxi to the ferry.
There will be more information here when available.
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