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Ross & Ali to perform on Saturday!

8 Jul 17
Nathon Jones


Ross & Ali © Archie MacFarlane

Absolutely chuffed to bits, and relieved as you like!, to have secured the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners for Best Duo 2017, Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton, who will perform at the finale concert tonight at the McMillan Hall. What a treat!

Ross & Ali will step in for Tim Edey who, as you will know by now, is unable to perform this evening.

Ross and Ali met at the Vale of Atholl pipe band when they were 12 years old. The boys were guided by one of the most influential pipers in the last 30 years Gordon Duncan.

Gordon instilled a great passion in the guys for playing pipes with other instruments and they have gone on to play in many leading Scottish bands including Treacherous Orchestra, Old Blind Dogs, Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Shooglenifty.

After all the years playing in different set ups Ross and Ali have decided to work on a duo album which was launched in Glasgow (Scotland) at Piping Live 2016 to critical acclaim.

We are hugely grateful to Ross & Ali for stepping in like this and I'll make sure it's an extra large glass of Hills & Harbour later tonight for them.

Really looking forward to Pipe Fest at the McMillan Hall later!

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Unbelievable weekend!

What an absolutely fantastic weekend. 6 concerts, 7 workshops, sessions all over the place all weekend, beautiful sunshine, fabulous musicians...there's so much to report back on, and we will do in due course, but some rest and relaxation is definitely needed for a few days.

10 Jul 17
Nathon Jones

Programme Update - Tim Edey

Due to circumstances entirely beyond his control, we are sad to announce that Tim Edey is unable to be here today for the workshop or concert. We wish Tim's wife Isobel, and baby who is on the way, well and we will announce a rescheduled performance by Tim in due course.

8 Jul 17
Nathon Jones

Late availability Creebridge Hotel

If you're looking for accommodation for this weekend, there are still rooms available at Creebridge House Hotel on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th July.

7 Jul 17
Nathon Jones

Looking for sessions?

If you're looking for sessions, keep an eye out for the "Musicians Welcome" signs. You've no more than half a mile to walk though, which covers 9 different pubs, bars, hotels and the Festival Marquee! Join in where you like or get your own session under way in the bar of your choice.

7 Jul 17
Nathon Jones

Win a Tour, Taste & Mix at Crafty

Those very clever people at Crafty Scottish Distillers Ltd are offering a free Tour, Taste and Mix to one lucky ticket holder who attends the Failte & Darcy DaSilva Concert at Crafty Distillery on Saturday 8th July from 3pm, part of this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival.

7 Jul 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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