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@TradFestival 2020


After such an incredible event in 2019, everyone was very much looking forward to 2020 however the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic halted everything in its tracks and the event was unable to go ahead. With support from D&G Council's Major Events Strategic Fund, an online version of the festival was created to offer some relief during extremely difficult and worrying times.

Performers & Tutors in 2020

Due to the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic, the festival did not take place in 2020 however the following performing artists, dancers and colleagues, with support from Dumfries & Galloway Council's Major Events Strategic Fund, all contributed, during incredibly testing times, to an online version of the festival which we will, forever, be indebted to them for. Scroll down to watch.

Karen-Marie Keenan
Abbie McClymont
Ailie Hughes
Ali Levack (BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2020)
Alex McKeand
Cameron Nixon
Chloe McDonald
Grace McGeehan
Sarah Markey
Jack McRobbie
Charlie Stewart
Marty Barry
Conor Markey
Jessica Hunter
Katy McClymont
Lacey Gordon
Damien O'Kane
Ron Block
Duncan Lyall
Steve Byrne
Josh Clark
Niamh Heron
Nicole McMillan
Gráinne Brady
Skye Herries
Amber Herries
Seán Óg Graham
Dónal O'Connor
John McSherry

Trad Music Trust

The 9th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival takes place over the 7th-9th July 2023 and, after an incredible year in 2022, will continue the festival's tradition of bringing the absolute best in traditional Scottish, Irish and World music and dance to perform in Galloway. Stay tuned throughout the year for programme announcements, or grab an Early Bird Weekend Pass - on sale now - and secure your seats now for 2023!

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