Latest Festival News


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.

Fantastic line-up for Girvan 2019

Girvan’s guest list for 2019 is very typical of ‘Girvan’ and promises lots of great musical experiences from people firmly rooted in the tradition. It's a terrific festival, now into it's 44th year which is an outstanding achievement, and a line-up this year that has something for everyone.

18 Jan 19
Nathon Jones

Festival story reaches Daily Record

Delighted to discover that the wonderful Galloway News article this week about the festival's continued economic benefit in the region was featured on the Daily Record website. The festival had an economic impact of £130,320 in 2018 and is gearing up for it's 6th annual event this coming July.

18 Jan 19
Billie Jones

Survey deadline extended!

We've extended the deadline for the Newton Stewart Arts Centre Community Survey to 31st January 2019 giving you more time to have your say on the delivery of new music tuition, arts and cultural events/activities and the development of a new arts centre in Newton Stewart.

15 Jan 19
Billie Jones

Festival featured on DGWGO

Really nice article posted on the terrific Dumfries & Galloway What's Going On (DGWGO.com) website this weekend detailing the cultural and economic impact the festival is having not just in Wigtownshire but throughout Dumfries & Galloway.

14 Jan 19
Nathon Jones

Steph Geremia confirmed for July

Chuffed to bits to announce Irish American multi-instrumentalist and singer, Steph Geremia and her band, as headliners for the opening night concert at this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival in the Festival Marquee, Creebridge House Hotel on Friday 12th July.

10 Jan 19
Billie Jones

Festival featured on SFPR

A very nice write up featured on Scottish Festivals PR, on Facebook today, detailing the outstanding efforts of Trad Music Trust in delivery of the festival and the significant economic impact the event is having despite being an almost entirely voluntary run event.

10 Jan 19
Billie Jones

Kitty Macfarlane confirmed for July

We are thrilled to announce that Bristol-based songwriter and accomplished guitar player Kitty Macfarlane will be performing at the opening night concert at this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival on Friday 12th July in the Festival Marquee, Creebridge House Hotel.

9 Jan 19
Nathon Jones

Change to Weekend Pass pricing

Due to the unprecedented demand we've had for Dougie MacLean tickets, the closing concert at this year's festival on Sunday 14th July 2019, we've introduced new Weekend Pass ticket options as it's clear that Dougie's concert will sell out well in advance. Tickets are still available though.

6 Jan 19
Nathon Jones

Happy New Year!

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone who visits the website, the wonderful audiences at the events we host and the sponsors and funders who so generously support what we do, a fantastic and happy new year.

5 Jan 19
Nathon Jones

Live music at Blackhorse Hotel

It's the Christmas night out tonight, Fri 21st Dec, and we're all looking forward to a meal at the Blackhorse Hotel, Newton Stewart, and to celebrating a fantastic year for the organisation and the festival. Please bring your instruments and voices and join us for live music from 9:30pm!

21 Dec 18
Nathon Jones

Tunes & Songs @ Bruce Hotel Tonight

Join Trad Music Trust for an evening of tunes and songs at the Bruce Hotel this evening, Saturday 15th December, from 8:30pm. Bring your instruments and voices too, as ever!

15 Dec 18
Nathon Jones

Looking for the perfect Xmas gift?

How about tickets to see Dougie MacLean at Newton Stewart Cinema on July 14th 2019 or a Weekend Pass for the 6th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival? Trad Music Trust has got your Christmas presents all sorted!

12 Dec 18
Nathon Jones

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  • 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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