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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.

D&G Life Awards Tonight

We would like to wish Project Co-ordinator & Festival Director, Nathon Jones, all the very best of luck this evening as he travels to Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, for the 10th anniversary of the D&G Life Awards. Nathon has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Culture Champion of the Year category.

8 Nov 19
Billie Jones

Kasama & Connor Clark This Weekend

Don't miss two of Scotland's most up-and-coming bands at The Vault Arts Centre this Saturday 9th November 2019 from 7:00pm. Aberdeen's Connor Clark & The Matador Kings kicks things off in style followed by Kirkcudbright's very own Kasama who will tear the roof off the place! Tickets on sale now.

7 Nov 19
Nathon Jones

Trad Music Trust support from Co-op

We are thrilled to have been selected by the Co-op as one of the local causes that will benefit from the next round of the Co-op Local Community Fund which runs from 27 October 2019 to 24 October 2020, receiving 1% of members' spend on selected Co-op products and services.

23 Oct 19
Nathon Jones

The Vault is the place to be...

Make sure you don't miss the inaugural rock night at The Vault Arts Centre, Newton Stewart, this Saturday 5th October featuring Glasgow band, the outstanding, Anchor Lane with support from The Dynamite Kings. Doors from 7:00pm and, due to a monumental cock-up, it's BYOB so a cheap night too! Boss!

3 Oct 19
Nathon Jones

Nominate us for STMA 2019?

We're looking for your support with a nomination for this year's MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. You can nominate us for Event of the Year (category 6) or Community Project of the Year (category 5), with nominations closing on Sunday 13th October. Thank you for your support!

1 Oct 19
Billie Jones

Culture Champion Finalist

It was with much delight that we heard last week that our Festival Director, Nathon Jones, has been selected as a finalist in the Culture Champion of the Year category at the Dumfries & Galloway Life Awards 2019, and will head to Easterbrook Hall on 8th November for the prestigious awards ceremony.

1 Oct 19
Billie Jones

Win tickets for 10th-12th July 2020

If you were lucky enough to have attended the festival this year, we're on the hunt for your thoughts, comments and feedback to help us improve and develop the event plus, if you leave an e-mail address and/or telephone, you'll be automatically entered in the prize draw to win tickets for 2020!

31 Aug 19
Nathon Jones

Farewell to Creebridge House Hotel

It was with much confusion, and sadness, that we were informed earlier this month that our long term festival hosts, Creebridge House Hotel, have booked a wedding over the festival dates in 2020, ending what has been a fantastic relationship between the charity and the hotel over the past 6 years.

28 Aug 19
Nathon Jones

Last chance for D&G Life nomination

Did you visit the festival this year? Maybe you've been involved in some of the projects Trad Music Trust are delivering in the region? If so, we'd really appreciate it if you could spare a couple of minutes to nominate us for a D&G Life Award, the deadline for which is this Sunday.

8 Aug 19
Nathon Jones

Unbelievable Festival Weekend

The dust has finally settled on what was, quite simply, the best weekend of live music & dance that we've ever experienced at the festival. From a packed opening night, the undeniable passion and emotion at the McMillan Hall and Dougie MacLean's wonderful finale, it was unforgettable!

26 Jul 19
Nathon Jones

One Day To Go!

Tomorrow sees us usher in the 6th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival and what a line-up we have in store for you. Steph Geremia, Duncan Chisholm, Kitty Macfarlane, Dougie MacLean, Rachel Hair, Benedict Morris, Rose Byers, Ron Jappy. Hup!

10 Jul 19
Nathon Jones

Where to camp next weekend?

If you're planning on camping in either a tent, caravan or campervan for next weekend's festival then you'll want to know where's best in town, how close you'll be to venues and amenities and how to book.

5 Jul 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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