The Orkney Folk Festival will return in 2023 to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

The first wave of artists set to appear at the 2023 Orkney Folk Festival has been announced, with 24 acts from around the world revealed for the event’s fortieth anniversary.

Leading artists from the USA, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, England, Wales and throughout Scotland will join home-grown Orcadian musicians - including a number heading home for the festival’s birthday celebrations - over the May 25-28 long weekend.

Hot Club of Cowtown, Eric Wright, Mairi Rankin, Mo Kenney, Breabach, Spiers & Boden and the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc are amongst the international artists that will perform at the festival, with further major names to be announced in January.

The festival programme - covering a packed four-days of events - will be published in the coming months, with tickets due to go on sale in March.

The Orkney Folk Festival has become one of the most popular events on the Orkney calendar, bringing four days of the finest folk music to the islands.

In a typical year, the festival will incorporate around 35 ticketed events across its four days, as well as countless pub sessions and free events in its hometown of Stromness. Around two thirds of the festival’s programme takes place in its west mainland base, with other events dotted around other Orcadian parishes and a few outer islands.

Since its inception in 1982, one of the festival’s most important characteristics is the balance of visiting and local artistes. Whilst the festival has become a sought-after stage amongst artists worldwide – and has been a four-day home for many, over the years – it is equally, if not more so, the local, Orcadian acts that make the festival what it is and keep the crowds coming.

Many folk enjoy the festival, and the atmosphere it creates, so much that they return year after year to experience the fine mixture of music and hospitality - with accommodation booked long before the line-up has been announced.

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