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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.

Last day for survey today!

Today, 31st January, is your last chance 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 with a chance to win tickets for this year's festival too!

31 Jan 19
Billie Jones

Trad Music Trust on ITV!

In case you missed it, ITV Border's Lookaround programme featured Trad Music Trust following significant interest in the organisation's plans to develop a new arts centre and a year-round programme of music, dance, language, arts and crafts tuition, performances and exhibitions in Newton Stewart.

30 Jan 19
Nathon Jones

Donations rolling in...

Delighted to see donations coming in through the new JustGiving campaign for the proposed new arts centre in Newton Stewart. It's incredibly humbling and hugely encouraging so please dig deep and help support this important local project.

26 Jan 19
Billie Jones

Hae a guid Burns nicht!

We hope you're all taking a moment today, if you haven't already, to celebrate the life and poetry of Robert Burns. Whether you're sat with haggis, neeps, tatties and a dram, or a battered haggis supper and an Irn Bru, make sure you raise a toast to the bard.

25 Jan 19
Nathon Jones

Trad Music Trust on Border News

Make sure you catch Border News Lookaround at 6pm tonight (24th Jan) on ITV Border and a feature on Trad Music Trust, Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival and the charity's plans to develop a new arts centre in the former Royal Bank of Scotland building in Newton Stewart.

24 Jan 19
Nathon Jones

JustGiving fundraising campaign

Trad Music Trust have just launched a new fundraising campaign, via JustGiving, to raise funds to support initial renovation costs for the new arts centre project planned for Newton Stewart in early Spring. You can donate directly online or start your own fundraising page to support the project.

23 Jan 19
Nathon Jones

Festival on Hands Up For Trad

It has been a fantastic month for press coverage so we were delighted to spot that we'd also featured on the terrific Hands Up For Trad website in a brilliant article detailing the significant economic impact of Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival.

22 Jan 19
Billie Jones

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

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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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