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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.

Dougie MacLean Tickets Going Fast!

If you are planning on catching the fabulous Dougie MacLean's intimate and unique performance at the gorgeous Newton Stewart Cinema on Sunday 14th July, please make sure you book early. We've less than 50% of tickets left now so please don't leave it too late.

26 Apr 19
Nathon Jones

Jones Bros Live This Week

Tonight, Thu 25th Apr, at The Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel, Thornhill; Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet, on Fri 26th; Star Hotel, Twynholm, on Sat 27th and The Buccleuch Arms, Moffat, on Sun 28th; Festival Director Nathon Jones and twin brother Aaron perform as part of D&G Arts Live.

25 Apr 19
Billie Jones

Buskers raise £185.17 for The Vault

If you happened to be in Newton Stewart on Saturday 20th April 2019, you'd have heard the many buskers who performed outside the former RBS building to raise funds for the proposed new arts centre project, The Vault. A fabulous £185.17 was raised taking the overall total past the £2,000 mark!

24 Apr 19
Nathon Jones

New partnership with VisitScotland

Very proud to see the festival listed in the VisitScotland Dumfries & Galloway and Greater Glasgow & The Clyde Valley 2019-2020 Guides, 100,000 of which are printed and distributed throughout Scotland and the UK as well as being available as e-Brochure downloads from the VisitScotland website.

24 Apr 19
Billie Jones

Busking fir the airts!

This Saturday 20th April, Trad Music Trust and friends will be busking from 11am - 4pm outside the former RBS building at 40 Victoria Street, Newton Stewart - the proposed new arts centre venue - to raise funds to support The Vault Arts Centre development and the work of the Trad Music Trust.

17 Apr 19
Nathon Jones

Online Registration Now Open

South West Scotland's biggest Highland dancing competition is now open for registrations and we're expecting another fantastic event at Minnigaff Playing Fields on Saturday 13th July 2019; showcasing, celebrating and championing a wonderful Scottish tradition.

15 Apr 19
Nathon Jones

Table Top Sale Raises £145.91

Last Sunday's table top sale at the McMillan Hall, whilst it wasn't particularly busy, raised £145.91 for The Vault Arts Centre fundraising campaign taking the overall total to £1,705.20. Huge thanks to everyone who took a table and to everyone who came along to support the event.

9 Apr 19
Nathon Jones

Duathlon For The Airts

Just over a month to go until Festival Director Nathon Jones taks tae the hills on Sunday 12th May 2019 for the Galloway Hillbillies Kirroughtree Hillbilly Duathlon to raise funds for The Vault Arts Centre but he still needs your help to reach his fundraising target of £500.00.

5 Apr 19
Billie Jones

Arts Centre Fundraising Reaches 10%

Thanks to the wonderful generosity and support shown by local businesses and the local community, we are very pleased to announce that we have just reached 10% of our fundraising target for the proposed new arts centre in Newton Stewart with the total now standing at £1,509.29.

5 Apr 19
Nathon Jones

Rose Byers @TradFestival 2019

We are delighted to be welcoming local singer Rose Byers to the festival this year. Rose will be opening the Saturday night concert at the McMillan Hall, Newton Stewart, on 13th July 2019 which also features Duncan Chisholm and Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy.

2 Apr 19
Nathon Jones

Aaron & Nathon Jones Live

Join our Festival Director and his twin brother Aaron Jones at Broughton House and Garden, Kirkcudbright, this Saturday 30th March from 7:30pm for a live concert featuring a selection of tunes and songs from the brother's forthcoming debut album.

26 Mar 19
Billie Jones

Table Top Sale in Aid of The Vault

Trad Music Trust will host a Table Top Sale at the McMillan Hall, Newton Stewart, on Sunday 7th April 2019 from 12noon-3:00pm to help raise funds for The Vault Arts Centre. Tables are still available at £10.00 per table. Early booking advised.

23 Mar 19
Nathon 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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