Festival Marquee, Waulkmill House, Minnigaff
Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival was founded by my wife Rhona and I in 2014. After another of our regular garden and music parties at our home in Minnigaff in the summer of 2013, and our ongoing frustration with arts programming and delivery in Wigtownshire, we took the decision to expand our event to a festival format and move it into town so that more people could experience and benefit from it; to learn, participate in and enjoy traditional music in Wigtownshire.
The Jones family are well known for days/nights of music, songs and the craic' and in 2013 we had another fantastic get together with friends, family and neighbours. It was at events like this that the idea to create a music festival began to take shape.
6 concerts, 7 workshops, sessions all over the place all weekend, beautiful sunshine, fabulous musicians...2017 was our best year yet with lots of new faces and, pleasingly, musicians as well as our regular visitors who we love to see back every year. We already have some announcements for 2018 which we'll be making in due course plus there'll be lots of new additions to the website over the coming months so please stay tuned for all the latest.