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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.

Best Festival finalists at E Awards

Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Best Festival category at E Awards 2019, Scotland's events and festivals industry awards which showcase excellence in Scottish events and festivals.

27 May 19
Billie Jones

Tunes and songs for The Vault

We're hitting the road again tonight, Friday 24th May from 8:00pm, this time at The Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart, for an evening of songs and tunes to raise funds for The Vault Arts Centre project. Please bring your instruments and voices and join us!

24 May 19
Nathon Jones

Weekend Pass...what's included?

This year's Weekend Pass gives you access to 4 outstanding concerts over 3 days, featuring live performances by Benedict Morris, Kitty Macfarlane, Steph Geremia, Binky Blue, Rose Byers, Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy, Duncan Chisholm and the wonderful Dougie MacLean.

21 May 19
Nathon Jones

Introducing...Steph Geremia

Headlining the Festival Marquee, Creebridge House Hotel, on Friday 12th July we are delighted to be welcoming Irish American multi-instrumentalist and singer Steph Geremia to the festival for what promises to be an outstanding opening night concert.

14 May 19
Nathon Jones

Kirroughtree Duathlon raises £707!

A lung-busting 10km run through the woods and a leg-busting 18km cycle straight afterwards - at this year's Galloway Hillbillies Kirroughtree Duathlon on Sunday 12th May - raised an unbelievable £707 for The Vault Arts Centre. A huge thank you to everyone who donated.

13 May 19
Nathon Jones

Jones Bros Live at Moniaive

Catch Aaron & Nathon Jones live at Moniaive Folk Festival tomorrow, Saturday 11th May, at 3:00pm in The Coach House. Delighted to be invited up to perform this year and looking forward to being part of one of the best folk festival's in Scotland.

10 May 19
Nathon Jones

YOU DID IT!

Absolutely bowled over by everyone's generosity and support for the arts in Dumfries & Galloway. Delighted to announce that I've passed my £500.00 fundraising target for this Sunday's Kirroughtree Duathlon, raising funds for The Vault Arts Centre. All I have to do now is run 10km and cycle 18km :S

10 May 19
Nathon Jones

Duathlon for the 'airts this Sunday

Into the final day's training before I tak' tae the hills this coming Sunday 12th May at the Galloway Hillbillies Kirroughtree Duathlon. I have just £130.00 £20.00 left to raise so please head over to my JustGiving page and do all you can to help me reach my target.

9 May 19
Nathon Jones

Dance the Distance for The Vault

Emma Louise Dance Club is fundraising to support The Vault Arts Centre in Newton Stewart by hosting Dance the Distance on 2nd June 2019. Dance the Distance is a unique fundraising event - a dance fitness class that's equivalent to a 5km run!

9 May 19
Nathon Jones

Moniaive Folk Festival This Weekend

The 18th Moniaive Folk Festival takes place this weekend over 10th-12th May and, as ever, it's another outstanding line-up including Kinnaris Quintet, Oakes, Bews & Thorpe, Aidan O'Rourke and Kit Downes, Findlay Napier, Sheelanagig, Cera Impala, Calum McIlroy, Samson Sounds and more. Don't miss it!

8 May 19
Nathon Jones

Learn Photography with David Moses

Starting on 4th June 2019 in Newton Stewart, from 6pm-8pm, over 6 weeks you'll learn camera skills, exposure, composition, editing, post processing and more from one of Dumfries & Galloway's most sought after photographers. The course costs £45.00 (over 25's) or FREE for under 25's.

7 May 19
Nathon Jones

Stall Holder Opportunity 13th July

The Highland dancing competition and family fun day takes place at Minnigaff Playing Fields on Sat 13th July from 10am-5pm and includes inflatables, rides, entertainment and food/drink. Covered market stalls are available for £20.00 per stall or £15.00 per stall if you have your own gazebo/cover.

2 May 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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