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The first ever Folk Festival on the Isle of Arran was almost 50 years ago!

It was then re-invented in 1989 and last year saw us celebrate our official 25th Anniversary (and it only took us 30years to get there!)

This year's festival will see free-to-attend afternoon sessions with Uncle Keith at the Douglas Hotel, evening concerts in Brodick Village Hall and late-night sessions in the Brodick Bar.

We hope to see you there...!

Event History

The 'first' Arran Folk Festival took place in 1989, partly in a bid to attract tourists to our island during the wee lull between busy Whit Weekend and the start of the school holidays.
The Festival saw a week-long series of concerts and pub sessions take place around the whole island.  Over the next decade the festival went from strength to strength and became an established high point in Arran's tourism calendar.
The new Millennium brought with it changes and challenges: 'traditional' tourism was changing, and the original organisers were looking to pass on the baton of responsibility.

After a few potholes in the road the Festival has changed to a weekend event, and now takes place in the central location of Brodick.

Event Highlights

Over the last 30 years there have been too many incredible highlights to fit into one webpage.  And besides, as organisers we're just a bit too biased to judge!  However, we would love to hear anecdotes from anyone who has attended an Arran Folk Festival over the years, so please feel free to drop us an email or post on our facebook page...

Programme of Events

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This Year's Artists...


MacDougall Couper Oakes

Lorne MacDougall is no stranger to Arran, having played at previous Folk Festivals and being a regular tutor for Fèis Arainn.  Here he is teamed with the fiddle and guitar duo of Ross Couper and Tom Oakes.


Màiri MacInnes Band

Màiri MacInnes should need no introduction to Arran locals, having been a local herself for many years.  We are delighted to welcome Màiri to this year's Festival with her incredible band.


Ivan Drever

Ivan Drever is a singer, songwriter and guitarist, originally from Orkney.  Although performing as a soloist at this year's Festival, Ivan has also released albums with various duos, as well as folk-rock band Wolfstone.


Lauren Collier Band

The Lauren Collier Band blends fiddle, vocals, guitar, percussion and electronics to perform melodies, rhythms and songs from around the world, mixing traditional and contemporary folk music to create something fresh and exciting.

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