The concert

Each year we hold a one day Folk Festival at the ancient Priory Church in South Queensferry. The 2019 event featured:

Interior of Priory Church South Queensferry showing seating and stain glass windows.

Rona Wilkie

Rona Wilkie by Alan Peebles

credit: Alan Peebles

Rona Wilkie is an award-winning fiddle player and Gaelic singer from the Highlands. Since becoming the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Rona has toured internationally, with most of her performance work encompassing the fusion of styles, whether that be melding her tradition with genres within Scotland or with other folk musics internationally. She has also worked regularly as a composer and is currently writing the score for a new film for BBC Alba.


The band Tarneybackle

Tarneybackle sing traditional and contemporary folk. The band sing mainly Scottish folk songs, adding in some tunes and material from North America and Ireland. Close harmony singing is Tarneybackle's hallmark. Songs are accompanied by a sensitive blend of guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, octave mandola, flute, whistles and percussion.


Gerry Callaghan writes short, punchy story-songs in both the Scottish folk and Americana styles. He's backed by the fine guitarist and multi-instrumentalist John Farrell.

Marc Duff

Marc was a founder member of the award-winning folk-rock band Capercaillie. After leaving the band in 1995 he's forged a versatile solo career, working with prominent artists such as Def Shepherd, Fish, Iain Morrison, Dick Gaughan, Billy Bragg, Iain Thomson, and Wolfstone, playing low D whistle, bodhran, bouzouki and wind synthesizer.

Marc will be leading a penny whistle workshop in the afternoon. 

We'd like to thank our generous sponsors for making the event possible.

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Scenes from last year's Festival