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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.

Ulaid @TradFestival 2020

We are thrilled to announce that the superb Ulaid will be performing at this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival at the McMillan Hall on Saturday 11th July 2020. Weekend passes are on sale now. Don't miss it!

18 Jan 20
Nathon Jones

Sarah Markey confirmed for festival

Chuffed to bits to have secured the fabulous talent that is flute player Sarah Markey for this July's 7th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival. Sarah will be performing with her band on opening night, Friday 10th July 2020, at the McMillan Hall, Newton Stewart.

13 Jan 20
Nathon Jones

Trad Music Trust in Liverpool

Asylum Link Merseyside and the family of Diane Todd are grateful and hugely appreciative of the 4 great folk from the Trad Music Trust who travelled south to Liverpool on Saturday 14th December to perform and provide a great PA sound for the tribute concert for Di in aid of Asylum Link in Liverpool.

17 Dec 19
Billie Jones

Packed weekend at The Vault again

We've certainly hit the ground running at The Vault Arts Centre. A huge thanks to Norman, Brian and Aaron from Breakdown who played a fantastic gig on Friday night, followed by the Dynamite Kings and Conjuring Fate on Saturday night and another brilliant rock night.

10 Dec 19
Nathon Jones

Busy weekend ahead at The Vault

The Winter Programme is hot off the press and we're off and running with lots of events over Christmas, New Year and into 2020 starting with the fabulous Breakdown this Friday 6th December, followed by Conjuring Fate, with support from The Dynamite Kings, on Saturday 7th December. Both from 7pm.

5 Dec 19
Nathon Jones

Fantastic night with Kate Kyle

The first gig since the official opening and a fantastic night with Dumfries singer/songwriter Kate Kyle supported by Newton Stewart's very own Hamish & Kirsty Sutherland. It was fantastic to see The Vault open and full with an expectant and, ultimately, very satisfied audience. Great night.

4 Dec 19
Nathon Jones

The Vault Arts Centre Now Open!

We enjoyed a busy open day on Friday 29th November 2019 with members of the public popping in throughout the day to have a look around and be one of the first to see the new Winter Programme which contains information about the Centre and what's on from now until February 2020.

4 Dec 19
Nathon Jones

Open Day at The Vault Arts Centre

Join us this Friday 29th November between 1pm-5pm at The Vault Arts Centre, 40 Victoria Street, Newton Stewart for the official ('ish) opening and be the first to see the brand new Winter programme which details everything that's happening at the centre from now until March 2020.

28 Nov 19
Nathon Jones

Saltire Awards for Young Volunteers

Local young people recently received their Saltire Award certificates in recognition of the volunteering they did at Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival in 2019.

18 Nov 19
Nathon Jones

Superb night at The Vault

Huge thanks to Connor Clark & The Matador Kings and the brilliant Kasama for a truly memorable gig at The Vault Arts Centre on Saturday night. Absolutely class performances from both bands and an unforgettable night of live music. Looking forward to round 2 in early 2020!

11 Nov 19
Nathon Jones

We did it!

We're thrilled to announce that Trad Music Trust's Project Co-ordinator and Festival Director for Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival, Nathon Jones, won the Culture Champion of the Year award at the D&G Life Awards last Friday night.

11 Nov 19
Billie Jones

D&G Life Awards Tonight

We would like to wish Project Co-ordinator & Festival Director, Nathon Jones, all the very best of luck this evening as he travels to Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, for the 10th anniversary of the D&G Life Awards. Nathon has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Culture Champion of the Year category.

8 Nov 19
Billie Jones

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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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