Girvan Festival: 1st, 2nd, 3rd May 2020

GUESTS for 2020 include: Gatehouse – Crows – Nick Dow – Alan Reid – Jock Tamson’s Ideal Band – Heather Yule – Jane Cassidy & Maurice Leyden -Dougie Mackenzie & Brian Miller – Derek Williamson – Peter & Barbara Snape – Rachel Garvey – Jacinta McEvoy, John Wynne, John McEvoy – Mick Ryan & Pete Harris, Paul Downes, Dave Bordewey – Airghioila – Creel – Rosie Lindsay – Bob Knight – Graham Carter – Bill Adair. We have two underlying themes for the festival in 2020. These are ‘Travellers & Gypsies’ and ‘Musical links between Scotland and Ireland’ including a focus on ‘the tattiehowkers’.  


Girvan Folk Festival, 2020 Notice of Cancellation

We are sad to release news that Girvan Folk Festival, 2020 has had to be cancelled owing to the situation with the coronavirus. We are still trying to be positive, initially trying to not use the CANCELLED word, rather saying that Girvan Folk Festival is EXTENDED to 2021. But whilst being positive, we didn’t want to be confusing.  To be absolutely clear – Girvan Festival Girvan Folk Festival 2020, which had been scheduled for 1st to 3rd May 2020, will not now take place. More information

Girvan Folk Festival 2020 : 1st – 3rd May

The dates for Girvan Folk Festival in 2020 have been set and work is underway on planning and building on what was a very successful festival, our 45th, which took place in May.  Most of the information on this website still refers to our 2019 festival.  This guest list was very typical of ‘Girvan’ and 2020 promises to be similar with lots of great musical experiences from people firmly rooted in the tradition.  Many people see Girvan as a ‘meeting place’; a chance to see old friends and to rub shoulders with traditional musicians from all ‘airts and pairts’ and within our guests, and visitors, there will be lots of opportunities for people to share in performance for some unique experiences.

Many people attend Girvan year on year, confident that it will be a great weekend. We hope that you might start making your own arrangements to attend early. Meantime please register on our website for email news updates. This will help us to keep you in touch with any developments.

Some of Girvan’s strengths.

  • It is a family festival.
  • Its constitution and defined focus.
  • Although it has a core committee, it was ‘owned’ by a larger group of people.
  • It seeks out new performers.
  • It books ‘special people’ – not necessarily stars, but people with an X factor.
  • Its links with Ireland and England.
  • It isn’t a ‘manufactured’ festival, it grew from established folk clubs and is organised by folk enthusiasts.
  • It remains small and acoustic,
  • It is on a Bank Holiday and runs for a full weekend.