"...Even during the breeding season, linnets feed in restless, chattering flocks and their cheerful twittering song is a characteristic sound of the gorse-studded heaths where they live."
The Birdlife of Britain, Hayman and Burton, RSPB

Image: Bringing Home the Catch ©Jennifer Thomson

About Us

"from ballads to contemporary airs, and from emotive to close to bawdy, without the raise of a mascara'd eyelash" - Scots Magazine

Hatched in Edinburgh in 2002 from from a Scots Music Group singing class, Linties are a singing quartet performing a varied repertoire of earthy, funny and atmospheric songs, mainly drawn from the rich Scots tradition. They're a favourite at festivals and singing events across Scotland, and never fail to entertain audiences – singing like Linties!

©Susan Wade-French

Live appearances include Keith, Innerleithen and Linlithgow folk festivals, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and Falkirk, Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Kirkcaldy and Rolling Hills folk clubs. In 2007 they made the 'Highly Recommended' list at Celtic Connections’ Danny Kyle Open Stage. And in recent years, seats for the 'Wee Folk Club' Christmas Party hosted by Linties have been the hottest ticket in town !

All photos ©Allan MacMillan

Linties at Edinburgh Folk Club

Helen Reid from Edinburgh, Morag Dempsey from Peebles, Iyaah Warren from Newtongrange and Falkirk busker Stuart Miller sing skilfully in harmony with a cappella and accompanied arrangements.


With a broad and original repertoire learned from tradition bearers, contemporary songwriters and 80 year old Gladys frae Falkirk, assisted by the lovely singing of original Lintie Lucy Pringle, Linties released their second CD, Frae the Forth in July 2012.


Linties have released 2 CDs - full details below.

They cost £10 each, or buy both for £15 - please email us: thelinties AT aol.com.

Frae the Forth Frae the Forth, Linties’ second CD, delivers variety and fun in spades. Raucous renditions of unlikely tales and catchy choruses follow on from beautiful and haunting songs. Combining traditional material from Scotland, Ireland and England, contemporary songs from Michael Marra and Tom Waits along with much loved gems from the past, Frae the Forth is a wonderful blend of great songs. Recorded by Ian McCalman at Kevock Digital Recording Studio.
Track list (click on highlighted tracks to listen on Soundcloud)
Bawbee Birlin
Frida Kahlo's Visit to the Tay Bridge Bar
Betsy Bell
Caller Ou
Baltic Street
Mary and Bothwell
The Briar and the Rose
Mountains of Mourne
3 Wee Wives Set
I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls
Constant Lovers
Poachin in Excelsis
Connemara Lullaby
Jeannie Gallacher
We're a’ Jock Tamson’s Bairns
Waiting on a Bus

Our first CD, Waitin on a Bus - songs of Edinburgh and beyond, was released in 2008.

"This is an entertaining and original collection of songs - trad and contemporary - with the accent on fun" - Scots Magazine.

Track list (click on highlighted tracks to listen on Soundcloud)
The Auld Toon Shuffle
The Tranent Wedding
Waitin on a Bus (Portobello Mooth Music)
There’ll Never Be Peace Till Jamie Comes Hame
Shift and Spin
Little Northern Town
Lots of Little Soldiers
The Hills of Strathblane
Shepherd Lad
What Can a Young Lassie
Banks o Sicily
Canongate Set
Tom Weir
The Widow’s Promise
Time Wears Awa

Greentrax Linties were delighted to be asked by Ian Green, of Greentrax Recordings, to add two of their album tracks to his re-released compilation album The Music and Song of Edinburgh. The album includes tracks sung by The McCalmans, Fiona Forbes & Ian McCalman, Robin Laing, Stephen Quigg and more!

The album is available from Coda Music in Edinburgh.

Contact Linties
Please email us: thelinties AT aol.com