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All the latest festival news as well as news and updates from the traditional music scene in Dumfries & Galloway including concerts, workshops, artist updates, new music releases, music reviews and more. We'll also be featuring news and views from some of our favourite traditional music artists and traditional music news from around the world.

Latha Naomh Anndra sona dhuibh!

Trad Music Trust, The Vault Arts Centre and Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival would like to wish you all a very happy St. Andrew's Day. Looking forward to celebrating properly in 2021!

30 Nov 20
Nathon Jones

Music shop Christmas opening times

From now until Christmas the Music Shop at The Vault Arts Centre will be open from 1pm-5pm, Thursday-Saturday, stocking everything you need to make the musician/s in your family very happy this Christmas, plus everything you purchase supports music development in Dumfries & Galloway.

26 Nov 20
Nathon Jones

Digital sign goes live at The Vault

Very excited to finally get the digital display installed and live at The Vault Arts Centre. This should have happened months ago but global pandemics care not-a-jot for plans! The display will highlight what's on, new products & special offers, festival and Trad Music Trust news and TVYP updates.

19 Nov 20
Nathon Jones

Livestreaming from The Vault

Live events and music tutoring will soon be beaming direct to your home thanks to support from The Holywood Trust, Newton Stewart & District Round Table and D&G Council who have provided funding to install state-of-the-art livestreaming camera equipment at The Vault Arts Centre.

11 Nov 20
Nathon Jones

New logo for TVYP!

Check out the snazzy new logo for The Vault Youth Project (TVYP), designed by young people who attend the project and made digital with support from Trad Music Trust's design team at The Vault Arts Centre. We're aiming to get some t-shirts and hoodies done soon, so now's a great time to join!

30 Oct 20
Nathon Jones

Huge thanks to the Co-op & You

We would like to offer sincere gratitude and thanks to the Co-op, Newton Stewart, and to you, all the Co-op members who selected Trad Music Trust as their chosen local cause for 2019/2020. A total of £1,296.08 was raised to support programming at The Vault Arts Centre.

26 Oct 20
Nathon Jones

The Music Shop Opening Times

The Music Shop at The Vault Arts Centre will be open again on Friday 16th & Saturday 17th October from 1pm-5pm with acoustic and electric guitars, amplifiers, pedals, strings, capos, leads, picks and a wide range of accessories available. The bar is open until 10pm too, for drinks in the courtyard!

14 Oct 20
Nathon Jones

Calling all musicians/bands in D&G

Trad Music Trust are looking for your help in shaping the future of The Vault Arts Centre venue and the new Music Shop at The Vault Arts Centre. By completing our short survey you'll help ensure that the venue properly supports you as a musician and performer in Dumfries & Galloway.

14 Oct 20
Nathon Jones

TradFestival aiming high this year!

Nominations are now open for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020, the highly regarded annual awards which give recognition to excellence within Scotland’s thriving traditional musical culture. We need YOUR support for a nomination for Event or Community Project of the Year. Please vote x

14 Oct 20
Billie Jones

Vote for The Vault Youth Project

£60,000 funding is up for grabs for youth led projects in Dumfries and Galloway and voting is open NOW until Friday 13th November! You must be between the ages of 12 - 25 to vote and you can only vote in 1 ward area. Your voice, your money, you decide!

12 Oct 20
Nathon Jones

DMC 2020 - A Post-COVID World

Trad Music Trust's Project Co-ordinator & Festival Director, Nathon Jones, has been invited to speak at this year's Dumfries Music Conference to discuss the general concerns facing the industry and how the charity is attempting to overcome those challenges.

26 Sep 20
Billie Jones

Update on The Vault Arts Centre

Following the announcement by the First Minister yesterday, we have decided to delay any further 'soft' opening nights at The Vault Arts Centre until it is absolutely safe for us to do so, and for you to enjoy. We hope to be open again this year, but that will obviously depend on developments.

11 Sep 20
Nathon Jones

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7th annual music festival

The 7th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will now take place over the 9th-11th July 2021 following the Trust's decision to re-schedule this year's event due to Covid-19. We are in negotiation with the artists booked for this year and hope to secure them all for 2021, plus a few extra surprises, so we'll be back with another packed programme of traditional music and dance next year. We hope you'll join us.

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