@TradFestival 2018


Another year, another name change :) and Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival was ready to celebrate it's 5th anniversary at what was shaping up to be one of the most ambitious events yet. A new programme of official Scottish Highland dancing competitions, running all day on the Saturday, another outstanding musical line-up including the legendary Andy Irvine himself and continued support and backing from D&G Council's Major Events Strategic Fund and The Holywood Trust.

What We Did In 2018 2018 Since 2014
No. of Concerts 7 23
No. of Workshops 8 37
Organisation Spend in Wigtownshire £15,722.50* £37,467.43
Organisation Spend in Dumfries & Galloway £20,740.94 * £56,682.93
Organisation Spend in Scotland £25,503.02 * £68,335.01

* Total amount spent by Newton Stewart Traditional Music Festival Association to deliver the festival over the 6th, 7th & 8th July 2018.

Performers & Tutors in 2018

Andy Irvine
Tim Edey
Aaron Jones
Jonny Hardy
Ali Hutton
Donald Hay
Clive Carroll
Joy Dunlop
Suzanne Fivey
Edel Ní­ Churraoin
Gráinne Brady
Emma Ní­ Fhí­oruisce
Kim Carnie
Euan Burton
Jack Badcock
Claire Mann
Hannah Rarity (BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018)
Conal McDonagh
Calum Morrison
Michael Drain
Watkins Lee
Ollie Rigg
Karen Keenan
Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums
Catriona McGhie
Ian McGhie
Stewart Robertson
Harry Sheddon
Kevin Boreland
Hamish Denham
Quentin Fyfe
Steven Stark
Lewis McLaughlin
James Bauld
Jem Irving
Jared Muir

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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