Festival Marquee, Waulkmill House, Minnigaff
The Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival began life as a garden party organised by my then partner, now wife, Rhona and I at our home in Minnigaff, Wigtownshire. Friends and family were invited to join us for food, drinks and to play music together - invariably into the wee small hours! As each year passed the party grew and, evenutally, a small marquee was even required to accommodate everyone.
At this stage I began toying with the idea of inviting professional musicians to perform at the party with a view to attracting some of my, and my family's, favourite musicians down for a weekend of music, to enjoy our hospitality and to also experience this beautiful part of Scotland for themselves. The garden was never going to be large enough though and so the idea of having a music event in the town started to take shape.
2 months to go now until the 4th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival which, this year, is being held on the weekend of the 7th - 9th July 2017. Jarlath Henderson, Tim Edey, Emily Smith, Jamie McClennan, Charlie Stewart, Becky Hill...are you as excited as we are?