Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival

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Just 2 weeks to go...

23 Jun 17
Nathon Jones


Great craic in 2016!

Cor, the excitement is tangible now. Just two weeks until the 4th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival and we've lots in store again this year including some nice surprises at the concert events and, as ever, award winning and award nominated musicians performing all weekend.

We are very excited about the new venue this year, at the fantastic new gin distillery in Newton Stewart which is owned and operated by local company Crafty Scottish Distillers Ltd.  They have just released their new 'Hills & Harbour' gin and, as well as hosting the Fáilte & Darcy Da Silva concert on Saturday 8th July from 3pm, they'll be present at both of our evening concerts so you'll have the chance to sample this wonderful new gin throughout the weekend.  If you like a gin, like me (ahem!), then I'm sure you'll be taking a bottle home with you.

We have also introduced a new event this year called the Acoustic Cafe which is being hosted by the very nice people at The Belted Galloway in Newton Stewart from 12noon on Saturday 8th July.  There will be 7 acts, from all over Dumfries & Galloway and even as far as Perth, performing throughout the day.  You can recharge your batteries with a bite of lunch and/or tea or coffee or, as it's licensed too, you can relax with a drink and enjoy the music.

You can save £5.00 on the standard price of the concert events by purchasing a Weekend Pass - £35.00 Full / £30.00 Concession.  You'll get access to all ticketed events, excluding workshops, and the chance to see Emily Smith, Jamie McClennan, the Festival Association Band, Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums, Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing, Fáilte, Darcy Da Silva, BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Charlie Stewart, Becky Hill, Tim Edey and the Jarlath Henderson Band.

We're still adding photographs to the gallery which is a fantastic reminder of the amazing events we've hosted over the years, the outstanding musical performances and entertainment we've enjoyed, the world class musicians we've attracted to the region, the music tuition and creative arts opportunities we've delivered every year - free of charge for under 25's...it's very easy to get caught up in the organising and running of the organisation and the event but to see how much people have enjoyed and benefited from it makes all the work worthwhile.

I could, honestly, talk about the festival all day and all night.  Those that know me know how passionate I am about music and also how strongly I feel about encouraging, developing, supporting and promoting traditional music learning, composition and performance in Wigtownshire.

We've been working hard to deliver another fantastic event again this year so I hope you'll come along and experience it again or, if you've never been before, that you'll allow us to introduce you to Newton Stewart & Minnigaff and the best in traditional music from Scotland and Ireland (and loads of other stuff too!).

Please book early for the concert events as they do tend to sell out as the dates get closer.  We'll announce ticket availability over the next couple of weeks.

You'll have an unforgettable weekend in Galloway and I shall look forward to seeing you there.

Nathon Jones
Festival Director
festival@tradmusic.com
01671 404924 / 07762 064 298

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Emily Smith in Concert

Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival are proud to present Emily Smith's annual Christmas show 'Songs For Christmas' live at Crafty Distillery, Newton Stewart, on Friday 22nd December 2017 from 7:30pm featuring Emily Smith, Jamie McClennan and Anna Massie. Book now!

20 Oct 17
Nathon Jones

Film review of 2016 & 2017

We are delighted to present to you a fantastic film which was made this year to showcase Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival. If you've never visited the festival, we hope this will give you a taste of the activities, events and general craic' that takes place every year.

5 Oct 17
Nathon Jones

Dumfries & Galloway Life Awards

We'd really appreciate your support with a nomination for a DG Life Award this year; for the work that we've done to get the festival to the stage it's at and that we continue to do to further develop the event, promote our region and the fabulous, talented, people that live and work here.

4 Oct 17
Nathon Jones

Scots Trad Music Awards Nominations

The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards are open for nominations and if you've enjoyed and/or benefitted from the Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival we'd really appreciate your support with a nomination for Community Project of the Year and/or Event of the Year.

4 Oct 17
Nathon Jones

Old Blind Dogs headlining in 2018!

We are absolutely thrilled to have secured the fantastic Old Blind Dogs for Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival 2018. The Dogs will perform at the finale concert on Saturday 7th July 2018 at the McMillan Hall, Newton Stewart. Early bird weekend passes on sale now!

20 Sep 17
Nathon Jones

Fantastic events in 2017

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.

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