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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.

Festival Update 2021

With lockdown easing paused for a further 3 weeks, which runs into this year's dates, Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will, instead, focus on what has made the event so popular; the fantastic tune and song sessions which take place at venues throughout the towns.

16 Jun 21
Nathon Jones

TVYP is back!

If you're aged between 12-25 years old and would like to meet like-minded young people, musicians and performing artists then please pop along to The Vault Arts Centre, Newton Stewart, on Wednesday's between 4:30pm-6:30pm.

9 Jun 21
Nathon Jones

Music Shop @ The Vault Arts Centre

Delighted to have the music shop open again, Thursday-Saturday / 1pm-5pm at The Vault Arts Centre, Newton Stewart and we've got some fantastic instruments available including acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitar, bouzouki, banjos, drum kits and amps plus strings, leads and accessories.

4 Jun 21
Nathon Jones

Council funding to arrive too late

With funding from D&G Council already guaranteed to be at least 43% down on the previous year, following removal of the Major Events Strategic Fund, it came as a huge blow to discover that any funding the event does receive this year, which isn't guaranteed, won't arrive in time for July's event.

21 May 21
Billie Jones

Fiddle Lessons at The Vault

Local fiddle player Claire Mann will be hosting an Improving Beginners/Intermediate fiddle class every Wednesday for 6 weeks starting Wednesday 2nd June 2021. It's free for under 25's or, if you're over 25, it's just £60 for the block. Online booking available now.

5 Feb 21
Nathon Jones

Wheelchair accessible facilities

Delighted to see the toilet facilities works under way at The Vault Arts Centre which will provide a wheelchair accessible cubicle and additional toilet facilities/capacity in both the ladies and gents toilets, with as little disruption as possible whilst we're currently closed to the public.

5 Feb 21
Nathon Jones

Tae Robert Burns

This time last year we celebrated Robert Burns with Dumfries singer Rose Byers and fantastic local piper Karen Keenan, live at The Vault Arts Centre. We would dearly love to be doing that again right now. Until we can again, have a happy Burns night and we’ll raise a dram together soon we hope x

25 Jan 21
Nathon Jones

Closed until further notice

Following recent advice from the Scottish Government, The Vault Arts Centre will be closed to the public until further notice. We are currently working on a programme of online tutoring which we will announce later this month. Until then, please stay safe and we hope to see you in early February.

6 Jan 21
Nathon Jones

Wishing us all a happier New Year x

It has been a tough year for the arts but it's nothing compared to those suffering from, or affected by, this terrible illness and our hearts go out, this Hogmanay, to those people and to those that work tirelessly to protect us, and provide for us. We are all dearly hoping for a happier New Year.

31 Dec 20
Nathon Jones

Rehearsal space for 12-17 year olds

If you're aged 12-17 and are looking for somewhere to rehearse or practice, or you just want to meet like-minded musicians and performing artists, then get along to The Vault Arts Centre on Wednesday's from 4pm-6pm and utilise the fantastic facilities available at the centre.

2 Dec 20
Nathon Jones

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

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7th annual music festival

This year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will take place over the 9th-11th July 2021 however, in response to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, it has been agreed that a much reduced programme be offered with a focus, this year, on the tune and song sessions which will be taking place in venues throughout the towns. We also hope to run a free outdoor concert however this will be dependent on the Scottish government advice and guidance at that time.

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