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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.

Live Concert 28th March Update

Just a wee update to say that Aaron and I will not now be performing together tomorrow night but will, instead, be broadcasting to you separately from our own living rooms. As a result, we have rescheduled for an 8:30pm start once all the little ones are safely tucked up in bed! Don't miss it!

17 Mar 20
Nathon Jones

The Vault Arts Centre Closure

It is with a heavy heart that, as a result of the current public health situation with Coronavirus, we are announcing the closure of The Vault Arts Centre from the 17th March - 30th April. Our plan is to re-open on 1st May 2020, subject to advice and guidance from the Scottish government.

17 Mar 20
Nathon Jones

All our love on St Patrick's Day

Wherever you are, whatever your current situation/predicament, everyone involved at Trad Music Trust would like to wish you all the very best on this St. Patrick's Day. Our love and prayers go out to you all.

17 Mar 20
Nathon Jones

North Atlas Gig Postponed

Due to ongoing uncertainties surrounding the Coronavirus and the responsibility we have to ensure the health and well being of our audiences, volunteers, staff and of course artists, it has been decided that this weekend's gig featuring North Atlas & The Fuzzkills will be postponed to a later date.

16 Mar 20
Nathon Jones

BBC Young Trad Winner confirmed

Brilliant news! Continuing a long running tradition at Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival, we are delighted to be welcoming BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2020, piper and whistle player Alexander Levack, who will perform at this year's event.

28 Feb 20
Nathon Jones

Gráinne Brady confirmed for July

We are delighted to have secured outstanding fiddle player and composer Gráinne Brady for this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival. Gráinne will perform on Saturday 11th July at the McMillan Hall along with Ulaid. It's going to be some night!

11 Feb 20
Nathon Jones

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

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7th annual music festival

The 7th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will now take place over the 9th-11th July 2021 following the Trust's decision to re-schedule this year's event due to Covid-19. We are in negotiation with the artists booked for this year and hope to secure them all for 2021, plus a few extra surprises, so we'll be back with another packed programme of traditional music and dance next year. We hope you'll join us.

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