Sylvia Barnes and Sandy Stanage:
Sylvia and Sandy have been working together since the 70s, when they were founder members of the seminal Scottish band "Kentigern".
The Friel Sisters:
Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are young traditional musicians born in Glasgow with their family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht (Derrynamansher). Being siblings, they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes interspersed with songs sang in unison, many from their family and local repertoire. They will be playing with Hajime Takahashi (From Japan, living in Dublin) on guitar and Eamonn Nugent (From Glasgow, living in Galway) on Bodhran.
Kathy Hobkirk:
Information to follow
Steve Turner:
Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo.
Carol Anderson and Rosie Lindsay. :
A regular appearance by Carol at Girvan has been asked for by popular demand by Girvan audiences who are appreciating more and more the sensitive, understated Scots fiddle style of our wee maestro.It’s become even more special as Carol is now based in London and her appearances up here are becoming an even rarer treat. Rosie Lindsay, a graduate of the Sage, Newcastle’s Traditional Music Degree is first choice accompanist on piano/ keyboards for Carol’s fiddling and in her own right a promising young traditional singer and recorder player.
The Tattiehowkers Ceilidh Band:
Our resident ceilidh band will be making their usual contribution by getting the ceilidh dancers tripping the light fantastic. Our caller, Maggie, talks through the dances so that even Ceilidh beginners need not feel left out and encourages the dancers in a persuasive and light-hearted way.
Oakum Row:
Oakum Row is a new name for Adam McCulloch, vocals, and guitar, Rebecca Brown, fiddle, Sean Thomson, whistle tenor banjo and Gavin Clark, bouzouki, We have enjoyed hearing 3 of them as the Adam McCulloch Trio but ye canny have a trio with 4, can you? An opportunity to hear one of the earliest performances of this exciting new line-up..
Susana Tornero Catalan Story Teller:
Her repertoire includes folktales, myths and legends from her own tradition as well as from the rest of the world, along with chants, rhythms and gestures from different regions and traditions. She usually tells in her mother tongues (Spanish and Catalan), but also in French, English or German when she travels abroad.
Chris Miles and Gary Matthews:
Chris Miles is well known on the traditional scene as a gifted singer, mainly of Scottish songs, but her repertoire expands beyond that. She is joined by the highly regarded guitar player Gary Matthews from Drogheda, Ireland.
Francy Devine:
Francy Devine is a fine singer, long established in and around Dublin, of primarily traditional songs with a fair smattering of political ones thrown in. A founder member of the Howth Singing Circle, his first CD “My Father Told Me” has received excellent reviews from Peggy Seeger and Christie Moore amongst others.
Trapeze Entertainment:
On the Saturday I will be "Clowning around" with a Circus skills workshop. Join the Trapeze Entertainment circus and learn new skills. Learn plate spinning, juggling, diablo, ribbons and poi and other circus surprises. On the Sunday I will be there to entertain the children with Puppets, Balloon Modelling, magic and competitions with prizes!
Alan Jones - Concertina, Bouzouki, Guitar, 5-String Banjo as well as taking lead vocals on many well known and self penned songs. Alan is well known in Folk Music having previously played with Three's a Crowd, The Govan Spoonful and Hot Toddy. Jack Bethel - Hammered Dulcimer, Fiddle, Whistle, Concertina. Jack was a former member of the hugely popular band Setanta. Billy Stewart - Bouzouki, Guitar,5-String Banjo, Harmonica, Bodhran . Billy takes lead vocals on quite a few well known songs as well as performing his own compositions. He is also a founder member of Haggerdash.
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Friday 4th - Sunday 6th May 2018

Concerts - Sessions - Open Stage - Competitions - Workshops - Children's Events - Camp Site

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  2017 Ticket Prices:   [Buy Tickets]
Friday Opening Concert : £12/£10
Sunday Concert: £12/£10
Sat. Afternoon Bobby Robb Tribute: £12/£10
Saturday Evening Celebrity Concert: £16/£14
Workshops & Competitions: £5
Competition Entrants: £5
(covers all competitions)
Saturday Late Night Extra: £5
Sunday Family Concert: Adults £5 Children free
Saturday All Inclusive Ticket: £30 / £25
Sunday All Inclusive Ticket: £20/ £15
Weekend all inclusive ticket: £40/ £35

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Thank you for helping us to reach our crowdfunding target of £500 to help with making the festival more family friendly!

Visit the Girvan Folk Festival Exhibition, which celebrates 40 years of music, storytelling, verse, and fun at Girvan

Folk Legacy: A CD with 37 historic live recordings featuring Arcardy, Iain Mackintosh, Dervish, Mirk, Adam MacNaughtan, Boys Of The Lough, John Kirkpatrick, Heather Heywood, Cathal McConnell & Tim O’Leary, Bob Fox, The Kipper Family, Altan, Waterson:Carthy, Bobby Robb, Highland Connection, Huw & Tony Williams, Setanta, The Gaugers, Quadrille, The Voice Squad, Deanta, Dave Burland, Tony Hall, Norman Kennedy, Gerry O’Connor, Jolly Jack and Ossian.

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Free Bus Service. This year we offering a free bus service to the festival from Ballantrae, Barr, Pinwherry, Pinmore, Colmonell, Lendalfoot, and Barrhill Download the timetable here

Listen to the best of folk music on UWS radio, Tuesdays and Thursdays 5pm to 7pm

Chairman's Message. To see this year's welcome message Download it here
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