...until Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival 2016!

Early Bird Weekend Passes ON SALE NOW!

After the success of last year and also with us having moved our dates to avoid clashing with Newcastleton and Rothbury festivals we are, again, expecting a good crowd this year.  We've increased our venue capacities again this year however we'd still advise booking early particularly considering the forthcoming announcement of our headline acts.

Please remember that we are a non-profit organisation so any money generated goes directly to supporting the aims and objectives of the Newton Stewart Traditional Music Festival Association; our ultimate aim being to create a self-sustaining event that can be enjoyed for years to come.  We hope you'll support us - you'll get a fantastic weekend away from it all, the best of music, a warm welcome and good company into the bargain!

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Thursday 7th July 2016


  • MacMath: The Silent Page

Friday 8th July 2016


  • Rachel Newton Trio
  • The Mermaids

Saturday 9th July 2016


  • Buille
  • Jim Malcolm
  • Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing
  • Claire Mann (Fiddle & Whistle Workshops)
    Robyn Stapleton (Singing Workshops)
© John Chandler

Billy Jones

Opening the Saturday night concert with a fine set of tunes.

Billy Jones - Opening the Saturday night concert with a fine set of tunes.
© Stephen Jolly Photography

Guitar workshop

Jenn Butterworth teaching guitar on Saturday afternoon.

Guitar workshop - Jenn Butterworth teaching guitar on Saturday afternoon.
© Stephen Jolly Photography

Competition Winners!

Facebook competition winners at the opening night concert.

Competition Winners! - Facebook competition winners at the opening night concert.
© Stephen Jolly Photography

Song Session

Claire Hastings and Robyn Stapleton lead a song session.

Song Session - Claire Hastings and Robyn Stapleton lead a song session.
© John Chandler

Pipe band performance

Launches our Saturday programme of events.

Pipe band performance - Launches our Saturday programme of events.
© John Chandler

Aaron Jones

Superb bouzouki and guitar from local musician.

Aaron Jones - Superb bouzouki and guitar from local musician.
© Stephen Jolly Photography

Fiddle workshop

Claire Mann teaching students at the McMillan Hall.

Fiddle workshop - Claire Mann teaching students at the McMillan Hall.
© Stephen Jolly Photography

Tune Session

The tunes continue at the Creebridge House Hotel.

Tune Session - The tunes continue at the Creebridge House Hotel.
© John Chandler

Mairtin O'Connor Band

An unforgettable night at a packed McMillan Hall.

Mairtin O'Connor Band - An unforgettable night at a packed McMillan Hall.
© Stephen Jolly Photography

Song writing competition

Gerda Pickin collects 1st prize for best song.

Song writing competition - Gerda Pickin collects 1st prize for best song.
© Stephen Jolly Photography

Laura-Beth Salter & Jenn Butterworth

Fantastic set by two amazing talents.

Laura-Beth Salter & Jenn Butterworth - Fantastic set by two amazing talents.
© John Chandler

Seamie O'Dowd

Stunning guitar playing from a truly wonderful musician.

Seamie O'Dowd - Stunning guitar playing from a truly wonderful musician.
© John Chandler

Mairtin O'Connor Band

A wonderful night of music at the McMillan Hall.

Mairtin O'Connor Band - A wonderful night of music at the McMillan Hall.
© Stephen Jolly Photography

Nadine-Stah White

Award winning autoharp at the Saturday afternoon concert.

Nadine-Stah White - Award winning autoharp at the Saturday afternoon concert.
© John Chandler

Robyn Stapleton

Delighted to have Robyn back entertaining the audience.

Robyn Stapleton - Delighted to have Robyn back entertaining the audience.
© Stephen Jolly Photography

Bodhran workshop

Michael Drain teaching bodhran at the McMillan Hall.

Bodhran workshop - Michael Drain teaching bodhran at the McMillan Hall.
© John Chandler

Claire Mann

Wonderful fiddle from Claire Mann at the McMillan Hall.

Claire Mann - Wonderful fiddle from Claire Mann at the McMillan Hall.
© Stephen Jolly Photography

Mandolin workshop

Laura-Beth Salter with the mandolin students.

Mandolin workshop - Laura-Beth Salter with the mandolin students.
© Stephen Jolly Photography

Gordon Andrews and Jonathan Henderson

Vice-chairperson meets musician Jonathan Henderson.

Gordon Andrews and Jonathan Henderson - Vice-chairperson meets musician Jonathan Henderson.
© John Chandler

Festival Director Nathon Jones

Welcomes a full house at the McMillan Hall.

Festival Director Nathon Jones - Welcomes a full house at the McMillan Hall.
© John Chandler

Mairtin O'Connor

Witty, intelligent and stunning musical talent.

Mairtin O'Connor - Witty, intelligent and stunning musical talent.
© John Chandler

Cathal Hayden

Captivating performance by one of the best there is.

Cathal Hayden - Captivating performance by one of the best there is.
© Stephen Jolly Photography

Fiddle workshop

Students enjoying the Saturday fiddle workshop.

Fiddle workshop - Students enjoying the Saturday fiddle workshop.
© Stephen Jolly Photography

Tune Session

The Crown Hotel hosted fantastic sessions all weekend.

Tune Session - The Crown Hotel hosted fantastic sessions all weekend.
© Stephen Jolly Photography

Bodhran workshop

Students enjoying the Saturday bodhran workshop.

Bodhran workshop - Students enjoying the Saturday bodhran workshop.
© John Chandler

Mairtin O'Connor

Best o' craic' from a legend of Irish music.

Mairtin O'Connor - Best o' craic' from a legend of Irish music.
© John Chandler

The Jones Family

Festival organisers open the Saturday night concert.

The Jones Family - Festival organisers open the Saturday night concert.
© John Chandler

Claire Hastings

BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician 2015

Claire Hastings - BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician 2015
© Stephen Jolly Photography

Piper Karen Keenan

Local piper warms up the crowd nicely on Saturday night.

Piper Karen Keenan - Local piper warms up the crowd nicely on Saturday night.
© G.A.P. In the Clouds

Picturesque Newton Stewart & Minnigaff

Beautiful picture from the air. © G.A.P. In the Clouds

Picturesque Newton Stewart & Minnigaff - Beautiful picture from the air. © G.A.P. In the Clouds
© John Chandler

Fantastic duet

From two of the region's finest young singers.

Fantastic duet - From two of the region's finest young singers.
© Stephen Jolly Photography

Guitar workshop

Young student enjoying the Saturday guitar workshop.

Guitar workshop - Young student enjoying the Saturday guitar workshop.
© Stephen Jolly Photography

Friday opening night concert

Musicians and festival director after a superb night of music.

Friday opening night concert - Musicians and festival director after a superb night of music.
© Stephen Jolly Photography

Ryan Young & Craig Irving

Great set at the opening night concert.

Ryan Young & Craig Irving - Great set at the opening night concert.
© Stephen Jolly Photography

Tune Session

Superb tune sessions throughout the weekend.

Tune Session - Superb tune sessions throughout the weekend.
© G.A.P. In the Clouds

Cree Bridge and the Heron

Joins Newton Stewart & Minnigaff. © G.A.P. In the Clouds

Cree Bridge and the Heron - Joins Newton Stewart & Minnigaff. © G.A.P. In the Clouds
© Stephen Jolly Photography

Merrick Group

Our sponsors with Festival Director and Robyn Stapleton.

Merrick Group - Our sponsors with Festival Director and Robyn Stapleton.

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Best photograph of 2015?

Please take a moment to browse the gallery which contains some wonderful images from the 2015 festival as well as of Newton Stewart and the surrounding area.

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2014 Festival Video Review

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Not really, but we do have a great video montage of last year's festival available with music from our very own Nathon Jones on dobro.

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