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Festival café bar

As part of your Festival experience, join us at the Festival café bar for a free programme of music and dance.

Featuring the Americana folk of Finfolk, the guid folk of The Cognac Twins, Festival favourites Folksville, and the exuberance of Castle Chorus.

Relax in our iconic Garden Lobby with a drink or see what is on offer at our food stalls.

What's on

Friday 11 October

2.45pm to 3.15pm  Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes
5pm to 5.30pm Finfolk
6.45pm to 7.15pm  Ross Arthur

Saturday 12 October

12.30am to 1pm  Castle Chorus 
1.30pm to 2pm  Xander
3.15pm to 3.45pm  Chinese Dancers
5pm to 5.30pm  Cognac Twins
6pm to 7.30pm  Folksville

Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes

Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes

Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes are an award-winning amateur community orchestra from Carluke in South Lanarkshire. Eight different types of flute, accompanied by a full range of percussion, give the ensemble their distinctive sound.



Finfolk met while at university in St Andrews. Having come to study in Fife from across Scotland, the UK and North America, they draw on their multicultural musical background to produce a sound that combines elements of country, Scottish folk and bluegrass.  Finfolk take their name from the sea creatures of Orcadian mythology who use their shapeshifting abilities to charm unsuspecting humans. Like their mythological counterparts, Finfolk will charm you with their music. 

Ross Arthur

Ross Arthur

Ross Arthur is a professional musician whose repertoire runs from Elvis through to George Ezra.  Based in central Scotland, Ross has been performing full-time for several years. His latest single, Soar, has been played on BBC Radio and received over 100,000 streams. 

Xander Lyons


Xander Lyons is a singer-songwriter from the village of Stow in the Scottish Borders. Now based in Edinburgh, his songwriting focuses on challenging issues such as homelessness, war and poverty as well as the struggles young people face in their daily lives.

Cognac Twins

The Cognac Twins 

The Cognac Twins are Craig Anderson and Paul Connelly from historic Dunfermline Town. Described as playing 'authentic guid folk for authentic guid folk', The Cognac Twins' debut album brings Scottish folk music back to the fore. Influences range from John Martyn and Townes Van Zandt through to The Humblebums, CSNY and Elvis Costello. 

Chinese dancers

Edinburgh Chinese Arts Association 

Edinburgh Chinese Arts Association is a voluntary, non-profit, and independent arts association formed in 2013. Its members are music and dance lovers and both professionals and amateurs. 



The renowned Edinburgh contemporary folk club will present some of the country’s finest emerging talent in the Café Bar. Join hosts ‘Paper Sparrows’ and more on October 12th for an evening of great free live music.