Ceilidh Culture unveils substantial line-up for 2008 festival

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From country legends to Scottish folk’s newest stars to local veteran folk heroes, Edinburgh festival Ceilidh Culture has unveiled a wide-reaching programme of names from here and further afield.

The bill of music and storytelling runs from 22 March to 13 April at a variety of venues around the city. Among the names booked to perform are BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Julie Fowlis, Brooklyn-raised songstress Kris Delmhorst and the vastly influential Billy Joe Shaver, whose songs have been recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

Edinburgh’s own Kim Edgar and Karine Polwart with both be playing sets while Jackie Leven will engage in a double bill with Burnsong winner David Ferrard for an evening of voice, fiddle, viola and guitar.

City of Edinburgh Council festival and events champion Steve Cardownie said: ‘We are in for a fantastic festival of music, storytelling and dance and with almost 80 gigs and events taking place in 31 venues right across the city, Ceilidh Culture is a great way to kick off Edinburgh’s 2008 Festival season.

'Ceilidh Culture has trebled in size over the past six years and this year’s unique and eclectic programme can help us take the festival to the next level with the pulling power to attract thousands of tourists from all over the world.’

The List will have preview coverage of the festival in upcoming issues and at www.list.co.uk.

For full listings and ticket information go to www.ceilidhculture.co.uk or call the box office on 0131 228 1155.

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1. David Francis28 Feb 2008, 9:10pm Report

It's not the wonderful Jackie who will be double-billing with David Ferrard, but Mairi Campbell and myself, The Cast. (The Lot, April 4)

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