Torphichen Folk’n’Ale Festival 2018

Announcing the second Torphichen Folk’n’Ale Festival, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th August.



FRIDAY 17th:

6.00pm: Folk session in the Burns Bar (Free)

7:30pm: Evening concert (£24):

Dougie Maclean

Pauline Alexander & Sandy Stanage

11.00pm: Live music in the Burns Bar (Free):

The Tonkerers


1.00pm: Pie and a Pint (£7):

Huroosh & Friends

Complimentary drink and pie or vegetarian option from the hot food stall

3.00pm: Folk session in the Burns Bar (Free)

3.00pm and 4.30pm: Folk workshops (£5):

A series of workshops for budding musicians and songwriters:

1) Siobhan Miller & Euan Burton: traditional song arrangement

2) Fara: fiddle

3) Findlay Napier: songwriting

4) Aidan Moodie: guitar

7:30pm: Evening concert (£24):

Siobhan Miller

Findlay Napier


11.00pm: Live music in the Burns Bar (Free):

The Tonkerers & Friends



Weekend Ticket (£40): Includes entry to all the weekend’s evening events.

Friday Evening Ticket (£24): Includes entry to all evening events on the 17th.

Saturday Evening Ticket (£24): Includes entry to all evening events on the 18th.

Pie and a Pint Ticket (£7): Includes entry to the Saturday afternoon concert and session with Huroosh & Friends (1 – 3pm), plus a complimentary drink and pie or vegetarian option from the hot food stall.

Workshop Tickets (£5 each): Places are limited so please contact the workshop co-ordinator after buying a ticket to choose which workshop you require. Email or phone 07766 205397.

Camping Ticket (£7.50 per night or £10 for the weekend): Access to the Festival Campsite.




“Dougie MacLean is Scotland’s pre-eminent singer-songwriter and a national musical treasure” (SingOut USA) who has developed a unique blend of lyrical, ‘roots based’ songwriting and instrumental composition. He is internationally renowned for his song ‘Caledonia’, music for ‘Last of the Mohicans’ and inspired performances.

His songs have been covered by Paolo Nutini, Amy MacDonald, Ronan Keating, Mary Black, Frankie Miller, Cara Dillon, Kathy Mattea and many other top performers.

He has received two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and in 2011 was awarded an OBE.



Siobhan Miller is regarded as one the finest singers to emerge from Scotland’s music scene over the last decade. Her soulful and stirring renewal of traditional song has seen her win the Scots Singer of the Year award three times at the Scots Trad Music Awards.

TV appearances include a performance on American hit TV series Outlander in 2014. She was also a featured artist on BBC Scotland’s Hogmanay Live 2011 New Year show when Siobhan led the performance of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ at midnight with Phil Cunningham and band.

Most recently, Siobhan received a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, winning the 2018 Best Traditional Track category with ‘Banks of Newfoundland’.



Pauline hails from the East End of Glasgow. Her beautiful vocals are reminiscent of Sandy Denny with their easy on the ear and centred style.

Performing as part of an acoustic duo, she has been accompanied by various guitarists over the years and currently performs with the founding member of Kentigern and fine virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist Sandy Stanage.

Pauline regularly plays at festivals and clubs around the UK, bringing with her a blend of original and interpreted song from a range of genres that includes contemporary, folk and blues.



Fara brings together four leading musicians at the forefront of today’s Scottish folk scene – Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price’s three fiddles and a piano – to produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their upbringing among the music of Orkney.

Following a nomination for Up And Coming Act of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2015, the success of their debut album Cross The Line in 2016 lead to a nomination for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Horizon Award. In 2017, Fara won the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Critics Choice Award) and were nominated for Folk Band of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards.

The four contrasting personalities and individual musical voices in Fara, make for a colourful melting pot – each member brings a different musical pallet to the table. But the strong Orkney fiddle tradition that the four women grew up on together, is the glue that binds them, and is at the heart of each of their musical characters.



“One of the finest songwriters and storytellers of the contemporary Scottish folk scene.” Folk Radio UK (Glasgow)

As defined in the title of his remarkable 2015 solo debut VIP: Very Interesting Persons (No.2 in the Daily Telegraph’s top dozen folk albums that year), Scottish singer-songwriter Findlay Napier categorically commands musical VIP status.

Napier’s songcraft vibrantly reflects an increasingly rich stylistic melting-pot – a mix he’s played no small part in creating, especially the cross-fertilisation between Glasgow’s folk and indie communities, as both co-host of a long-running open-mic night, and promoter of the decade-old Hazy Recollections concert series.



This well known Falkirk band perform a wide range of music from traditional and folk song through to blues, country, reggae and contemporary pop, but with a sound that is uniquely theirs. These energetic performers have been delivering music and fun to audiences of all ages in Scotland, Germany and France over the last decade with proven wide appeal.

The band takes its name from an incident in Falkirk High Street in 1624, when the town drummer, George Brocklay was accused of “drinking and tonkering ye drum at unreasonable hours on ye sabbath morne”.



Firm favourites at The Torphichen Inn, Huroosh have become the unofficial house band, playing every Friday night for the last six months.

The trio have an eclectic repertoire, drawing on traditional material as well as delivering surprising and unique renditions of The Undertones, T Rex and Mary Hopkins.


  1. Lady Karina Benish


    Hello! I attended your festival last summer. I was rather ill.. and didn’t get to attend everything I wanted to. Is there to be another this year? I am planning my trip now.. I will be in Scotland for 7 weeks this year from 15 July to 30 August. I want to stay at the inn for the festival this time. I have a rather interesting itinerary this year as I am participating in 7-9 Highland Games all over Scotland!
    If you are having the festival again… I will arrange my schedule to make sure i attend the entire thing this year. It was wonderful last summer!

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