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D&G Guitar Maker Kenny Hilsley

5 Dec 17
Nathon Jones


The Bruce

I was recently lucky enough to have an extended loan of "The Bruce"; a beautiful guitar made by one of Scotland's finest guitar makers who just happens to be right here in Dumfries & Galloway - Kenny Hilsley of Hilsley Guitars.

I met Kenny some time ago at Kirkmichael International Guitar Festival just north of Girvan, a fantastic guitar festival run by the world famous guitar player Martin Taylor.  That festival is, sadly, no more but just over a year ago it was recommended to me that I should visit a local guitar maker, based just outside Dumfries, and lo and behold it was only Kenny who I hadn't realised actually made guitars.

A visit to his studio later, and the chance to sample the superb range of guitars Kenny makes, and it's safe to say that pennies are being put aside to eventually grab myself one of these fantastic instruments.

It's wonderful to have a first class instrument maker in our region and I couldn't recommend Kenny highly enough.  Add to that the knowledge that you're playing an instrument born and bred in Dumfries & Galloway and you have a winning combination all round.

Huge thanks to Kenny for the extended trial of the guitar and the opportunity to really get a proper feel for the instrument.  That in itself is an indication of the level of care and support Kenny offers potential customers.

If you haven't come across Hilsley Guitars before please take a moment to visit their official website using the link below.

Hilsley Guitars

2018 - 5th Anniversary Year!

Happy New Year to you all! We hope you had a fantastic Christmas and New Year and that, like us, you're already thinking ahead for the 6th-8th July and the 5th anniversary celebration of Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival.

16 Jan 18
Nathon Jones

Live music at The Bruce Hotel

On behalf of our dear friend Graham Edmonds, in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support, we are hosting a night of music at The Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart, on Friday 15th December from 7:30pm. Bring your instruments and voices and please give generously.

12 Dec 17
Nathon Jones

Young People's Choices Voting Open

Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival has been shortlisted by the Year of Young People Project Team in voting for a Young People's Choices award. Voting opened on Monday 11th December and closes on Monday 18th December at 5pm. We need your support!

12 Dec 17
Nathon Jones

Emily Smith SOLD OUT

We are now sold out for Emily Smith's 'Songs For Christmas' show at Crafty Distillery, Newton Stewart, on Friday 22nd December. Thank you to everyone who has pre-booked. Please note that there will be no tickets available on the door if you haven't already pre-booked them.

12 Dec 17
Nathon Jones

Young People's Choices Shortlist

We need YOUR vote to help us receive funding from Young People's Choices. From 11th December young people who have a young scot card will get to vote on their preferred projects who will receive their funding in early January.

8 Dec 17
Nathon Jones

5th Anniversary Year Celebrations!

2018 sees the 5th anniversary of Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival and we're pulling out all the stops to deliver another outstanding event in Wigtownshire. This year sees us host officially registered Scottish Highland Dancing competitions and, as ever, some of the biggest names in traditional music who will be performing over the 3 days. We have the bubbly on ice and can't wait to see you all again in Galloway. The tunes last year were just mighty!

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