Join local and visiting musicians for a traditional Scottish and Irish tune/song session. Musician's very welcome and/or just come along and enjoy the music, atmosphere and the craic'.
22nd September 2023
Lucie Hendry is a lever harpist from north-east Scotland, currently working between Denmark and the UK. Lucie fell in love with Scottish folk music at an early age, and this gave her work a strong foundation from which it continues to evolve.
20th October 2023
Join local and visiting musicians for an amazing session of traditional Scottish/Irish folk tunes.
20th/21st October 2023
Bringing to the stage a strong voice full of expression and maturity, Ellie's songs are written with sociological, ecological, and personal themes in mind.
21st October 2023
Based in Glasgow, their compositions are inspired by landscape, people and by the ways in which music can evoke a sense of place and community.
A melodious mix of Scots/Irish folk and country americana leavened with inventive harmonies. NashCroft will certainly get your toes-tapping!
8th July 2023
Long-time members of Scotland’s seminal Battlefield Band, Mike Katz, Alasdair White, and Sean O’Donnell have played together for nearly two decades. Don't miss this spectacular performance!
6th October 2023
An amazing weekend full of talented performers from all across the trad music scene! Gain access to all ticketed events with a weekend pass for only £20!
Celebrating Seachdain na Gàidhlig (World Gaelic Week) 2023, Gaelic vocalist Rachel Walker and singer/instrumentalist Aaron Jones celebrated amazing Scottish women with their powerful new album ‘Despite The Wind And Rain’.
A packed Festival Marquee enjoying the Sarah Markey Band at the 8th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival in July 2022.
Weekend Passes 2023
Southwest Scotland's biggest Highland dancing competition is held at Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival.
Highland Dancing Competition
Concerts and picking sessions throughout the weekend at SpringGrass Bluegrass Festival.
Dancers celebrate their acheivements at the Highland Dancing Competition in 2018
47 young dancers competed in 2019 at one of the largest traditional Scottish dancing competitions in South West Scotland.
With Covid-19 still a huge concern - the uncertainty of lockdowns, self isolating, illness and with D&G Council's Major Events Strategic Fund withdrawn - it was decided, with heavy hearts, that the festival could not go ahead, proper, in 2021. However, the popular tune and song sessions, utilising the relative safety of the outdoor spaces at The Vault Arts Centre, did go ahead and it was fantastic to be back playing live music with other musicians again.
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!