@TradFestival 2015


Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival, as it was now called, secured £2,500 funding from Dumfries & Galloway Council's Regional Arts Fund in 2015 along with new local and national sponsorship and partners. The programme expanded to feature 2 concerts, 6 traditional music workshops, tune & song writing competitions, tune & song sessions and award nominated and award winning, world famous, traditional musicians including the unforgettable Máirtín O'Connor Band.

What We Did In 2015 2015 Since 2014
No. of Concerts 2 6
No. of Workshops 6 9
Organisation Spend in Wigtownshire £2,668.37 * £3,496.61
Organisation Spend in Dumfries & Galloway £3,716.65 * £5,077.09
Organisation Spend in Scotland £4,916.65 * £6,917.09

* Total amount spent by Newton Stewart Traditional Music Festival Association to deliver the festival over the 10th & 11th July 2015.

Performers & Tutors in 2015

Máirtín O'Connor
Cathal Hayden
Seamie O'Dowd
Jennifer Butterworth
Laura-Beth Salter
Ryan Young
Craig Irving
Claire Hastings (BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2015)
Robyn Stapleton
Claire Mann
Aaron Jones
Billy Jones
Michael Drain
Jonathan Henderson
Nadine Stah White
The Oystercatchers
Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums

Sponsorship support from:
  • Belhaven Brewery Logo
  • Merrick Real Estate
  • Creebridge House Hotel
  • Baillie Gifford Logo

6th annual music festival

The 6th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will take place over 12th-14th July 2019 and, after another outstanding programme of events in 2018 which saw us hosting Scottish Highland Dancing competitions and, as ever, some of the biggest names in traditional music, it looks set to be another packed programme and is really living up to it's reputation as one of the best rural arts festivals in Dumfries & Galloway.

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