@TradFestival 2016


An award of £3,000 from D&G Council's Regional Arts Fund plus new funding awards from The Holywood Trust and The Galloway Association of Glasgow, combined with continued support from local and national sponsors, helped deliver 5 concerts, 9 traditional music workshops, 1 language workshop, a cinema experience, pipe band and highland dancing performances, tune and song writing competitions, instrument makers, tune and song sessions; it was another packed programme of events over 3 days.

What We Did In 2016 2016 Since 2014
No. of Concerts 5 11
No. of Workshops 10 19
Organisation Spend in Wigtownshire £7,422.04 * £10,918.65
Organisation Spend in Dumfries & Galloway £10,588.04 * £15,665.13
Organisation Spend in Scotland £12,708.04 * £19,625.13

* Total amount spent by Newton Stewart Traditional Music Festival Association to deliver the festival over the 7th, 8th & 9th July 2016.

Performers & Tutors in 2016

Rachel Newton
Lauren MacColl
Mattie Foulds
Niall Vallely
Caoimhin Vallely
Sean Og Graham
Martin O'Neil
Mohsen Amini (BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2016)
Tom Callister
Adam Rhodes
Claire Mann
Jim Malcolm
Michael Drain
Robyn Stapleton
Darcy DaSilva
Neil McDermott
Fay Norries
David Ward
Kim Ayres
Marcus Wright
Hope London
Gerda Pickin
Kathy Frank
Alan McClure
Rosie Macfarlane
Ellen Macfarlane
Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums
Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing

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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