Loganair brought some famous folk to the Highlands and Islands after being named official partner for the first time at this year’s Orkney Folk Festival.
As part of the partnership, the airline will fly award winning Le Vent du Nord, which translates to the wind of the north, to Orkney, as the Montreal based band travel to the UK to headline the event.
The festival, now in its 36th year, will host another jam-packed programme with visiting artists including Dougie MacLean, Duncan Chisholm and String Sisters joining a wealth of renowned Orcadian talent, including The Chair, Fara and The Wrigley Sisters.
The four-day event, which is based in Stromness, in Orkney’s West Mainland, takes place throughout the Orkney isles between May 24-27.
The festival’s 35 events take place across 19 venues in the county, reaching out to 16 communities – from Sanday in the north, to Burray in the south – and including the Stromness Town Hall and the near 900-year-old St Magnus Cathedral, in Kirkwall.
The festival, run by a committee of volunteers, is recognised across the UK and further afield for showcasing a wealth of folk musicians and singers from around the world.
As well as return flights to Orkney’s Kirkwall Airport for headlining act Le Vent du Nord, Loganair will also help promote the festival to its network across the Highlands and Islands. Festival goers can reach Orkney with frequent flights to/from the isles with routes from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Shetland, Bergen, Manchester and Fair Isle – plus worldwide connections via Loganair’s codeshare partner, British Airways.
Kay Ryan, Commercial Director of Loganair, said: “We’re thrilled to be coming onboard as partners/sponsors for this year’s Orkney Folk Festival.
“The festival is a fantastic celebration of Orkney’s rich culture and heritage while giving a platform to emerging Scottish Folk Music.
“Orkney is a priority hub for our Highlands and Islands network and we continue to support the local communities in which we operate. We have recently increased our offering in Orkney with the first ever non-stop flight to England launching between Kirkwall and Manchester in June.”
Bob Gibbon, Orkney Folk Festival director, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Loganair as Orkney Folk Festival’s official airline partner. The festival has been working closely with Loganair for many years now, flying many artists into the county from all over the world, so it is great that we are able to cement that relationship in the form of this new partnership.
“With public funding being squeezed in every direction, commercial sponsorships are in increasingly invaluable source of support – ensuring that our ticket prices don’t have to take the hit.
“Of the artists performing at the festival, around 20 are travelling from out with the county, amounting to well over 100 people to transport to Orkney – on top of many hundreds more visiting as audiences. We therefore hope that this partnership is mutually beneficial, and look forward to many more years working together.”