Programme of Events

Most events from our 2021 continue to be available to view at a time of your choosing – see links below:  We are starting to look forward to our Festival in 2022. Provisional dates are 28th April to 2nd May. 


Event 01: The Kist o’ Riches Concert
Gatehouse, Nick Dow, Peter & Barbara Snape, Bill Adair, Bob Knight and special surprise guests.


Event 03: The Milestone Concert
Crows, Alan Reid, Jane Cassidy & Maurice Leyden, Dougie Mackenzie & Brian Miller, Creel, Graham Carter. (This was originally broadcast as the Sunday Farewell Concert, now renamed with a nod to the Festival’s milestone as an event and to Ailsa Craig, AKA Paddy’s Milestone.)

Event 05 – The Bobby Robb Memorial Concert
Historic live recordings featuring Bobby Robb, Adam McNaughtan and Heather Heywood with a backdrop of photographs from the early years of Girvan Folk Festival –
This event was originally ticketed but we have now made it available to view. There is an option to make a Donation to the Festival at the end of the Video – but that is at your discretion. Enjoy the concert. 

Event 06 – Poems into Songs
Poems which became songs with readings of poems by Wordsworth, Violet Jacob John Clare and Robert Burns with song versions by Bill Adair, Cilla Fisher & Artie Trezise, Heather Heywood and Sylvia Barnes.

Event 07 – Newcomer
A suite of music by Grainne Brady inspired by The Rat Pit, a novel by Patrick McGill, ‘the navvy poet’.

Event 08 – Documentary Film: Irish Piping in the Traveller Community
A fascinating insight into the piping traditions of the Irish Traveller community. 

Event 09 – McKechnie Art Exhibition
Artwork by musicians associated with Girvan Folk Festival including Helen Pitt, Alan Mairs and Louise Mairs.

Event 10 – Documentary Film: From Bad to Verse – Walter McCorrisken
Walter billed himself as Scotland’s Worst Poet. He was a genius. This documentary by Paul Russell has been aired at some film festivals and has its Folk Festival Premiere at Girvan.

Event 11 – A Word in Your Ear – Remembering Gerald Morgan
A book Launch with poetry readings by members of Girvan Writers Group.

Event 15 – Partnership focus: Bromyard Folk Festival
In 2019 Girvan Folk Festival established a twinning relationship with Bromyard Folk Festival in England. There are various parallels between Girvan and Bromyard with kindred spirits looking to the future. This short film, by Benjamin Potton, will give you a flavour of Bromyard Folk Festival.

Event 16 – Documentary Film: Packie Manus Byrne
Packie Byrne was a much-loved character in the English Folk Scene. From Donegal, Packie spent much of his life in England before returning to Ardara, Donegal, in his retirement. This film by Peter Alexander is a heart-warming tale of a legendary character.

Event 17 – Documentary Film: Wagons by Nick & Mally Dow
This film is presented as part of our exploration of Traveller culture.

Event 18 – Exhibition: Girvan, Ayrshire and the Clyde Coast
An exhibition of photographs by members of Girvan Camera Club and other Ayrshire Clubs.

Event 19 – Artie’s Singing Kettle
Artie Trezise brings the songs of The Singing Kettle into your home for a Kettle Sing-a-Long for kids young and old.

Event 20 – Heather Yule – storyteller
Heather Yule tells the story of the ballad, Tam Lin, with a sung version by Rick Lee.

The Following events will come on-stream during the coming weeks and months – keeping the pot boiling as we look forward to our Festival in 2022.

Event 12 – The Muckle Sangs Concert
Muckle Sangs concerts, ‘the big songs’, were a feature of several festivals in the 1990s. We revisit the concept and present some of the ‘big songs’ of the tradition.

Event 13 – New Songs in the Tradition
Girvan Folk Festival has held competitions over many years for New Writing ‘In the Tradition’. Many of these songs have since entered the tradition and we present a selection of them here.

Event 14 – Partnership focus: The Johnny Doherty Festival
In 2019 Girvan Folk Festival established a twinning relationship with The Johnny Doherty Festival of Music and Dance in Ardara, Co Donegal. This feature will give an insight into the festival.


Event 02: Late Night Extra
A late singing session via Zoom technology hosted by Maggie Macrae
11.00 pm – Online – Free but ticketed.
Zoom Meeting ID: 830 923 5626 

Event 04: Late Night Extra
A late session via Zoom technology hosted by Maggie Macrae
11.00 pm – Online –
Free but ticketed. Zoom Meeting ID: 830 923 5626