Torphichen Folk’n’Ale Festival 2019

Announcing the third Torphichen Folk’n’Ale Festival, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th August.



FRIDAY 16th:

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

7:30pm (doors 7pm): Evening concert (£35):

Barbara Dickson & Rab Noakes

Hannah Rarity

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

The Tonkerers


12.30pm: Lunchtime Concert and buffet (£7.50):



Who The Folk Are They?

3.00pm and 4.30pm: A series of workshops for budding musicians and songwriters (£7.50):

Fiddle workshop with Sascha Salossi – 3pm at the Scouts Scotland Training Centre at the Craigs Campsite (please bring your fiddle).

Harmonica workshop with Jez Hellard – 3pm at the Scouts Scotland Training Centre at the Craigs Campsite (please bring a harmonica in the key of C).

‘Making a Song Your Own’: Workshop on song arrangement with Jez Hellard and Nye Parsons – 4.30pm at the Scouts Scotland Training Centre at the Craigs Campsite.

7:30pm (doors 7pm): Evening concert (£20):

Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente

Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra

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

The Tonkerers & Friends



Weekend Ticket (£50): Includes entry to all the weekend’s events.

Friday Evening Ticket (£35): Includes entry to all evening events on the 16th.

Saturday Evening Ticket (£20): Includes entry to all evening events on the 17th.

Saturday Lunchtime Concert (£7.50): Includes entry to the Saturday afternoon concert and session with Huroosh & Friends (12.30 – 3pm), plus a complimentary drink and pie or vegetarian option from the hot food stall.

Workshop Tickets (£7.50 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.

Accommodation (Camping) Ticket (£10 per night per pitch): Access to the Festival Campsite.

Accommodation (Dormitory) Ticket (£10 per night per bed): Dormitory accommodation at the Torphichen scout hut.




Barbara Dickson is Scotland’s biggest-selling female singer of all time, with seventeen Platinum and Gold albums to her name. She and Rab Noakes have been friends since they were teenagers, singing and playing in venues around Scotland. As separate acts they often found themselves performing alongside each other (and other musical luminaries) creating a lifetime bond.  

Subsequently, they have ‘occasionally’ performed live, sang on each other’s records and remained friends for over 40 years. Both have diverse careers and have won awards and praise for their solo work in many fields.



Winner of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018, Hannah Rarity’s sublime voice imbues the music she performs with a depth of emotion that is inimitable.

“Hannah has a just downright gorgeous voice…” – Froots Magazine

“Warm-toned yet delicately poised, it demonstrated Rarity’s ability to utterly inhabit a song.” – The Scotsman



2017 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winners Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente are a vocal/guitar duo like no other.

Josie’s voice, crystal clear with its slight island twang, is accompanied by Pablo’s dynamic, sensitive guitar playing, and together they illuminate lyrics. Their music is at times sparse and haunting, at others driving and all consuming, leaving audiences stunned.



Jez Hellard is a singer of potent songs, fine guitarist and simply stunning harmonica player. His band, The Djukella Orchestra, play traditional and contemporary folk music, from jigs, reels and ballads to tango, rhumba and even reggae. Featuring some of the finest instrumentalists on the UK folk scene, their blend of virtuoso musicianship, witty political comment and a deep repertoire of powerful songs never fails to turn heads.

“Jez has the type of voice that impels you to listen. An unequivocal thumbs up. Ridiculously enjoyable” Folk Radio UK

“If you take your folk infusion wide, varied and without restraint then you’re going to love this. Jump in and let the current sweep you along.” – Dan Holland, Folkwords Magazine



Falkirk’s fabulous folk collaboration bring you an uplifting offering of live music – traditional & contemporary song, Americana, rousing choruses, harmony and lively tunes to get your toes tapping



More performance art than folk music, Who The Folk Are They? are a notorious collection of local artists and musicians who congregate around the Torphichen Inn but only have the vaguest recollection of ever doing so.

Famously never appearing under the same name twice, preferring to “keep audiences guessing”, some of the group’s previous incarnations have been The Tourettes, The Do Whats and The Assless Chaps. Expect eccentric renditions of pop classics, improvised percussion and kazoo solos. In a word: unpredictable.



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 eighteen 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.

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