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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.

Digital sign goes live at The Vault

Very excited to finally get the digital display installed and live at The Vault Arts Centre. This should have happened months ago but global pandemics care not-a-jot for plans! The display will highlight what's on, new products & special offers, festival and Trad Music Trust news and TVYP updates.

19 Nov 20
Nathon Jones

Livestreaming from The Vault

Live events and music tutoring will soon be beaming direct to your home thanks to support from The Holywood Trust, Newton Stewart & District Round Table and D&G Council who have provided funding to install state-of-the-art livestreaming camera equipment at The Vault Arts Centre.

11 Nov 20
Nathon Jones

New logo for TVYP!

Check out the snazzy new logo for The Vault Youth Project (TVYP), designed by young people who attend the project and made digital with support from Trad Music Trust's design team at The Vault Arts Centre. We're aiming to get some t-shirts and hoodies done soon, so now's a great time to join!

30 Oct 20
Nathon Jones

Huge thanks to the Co-op & You

We would like to offer sincere gratitude and thanks to the Co-op, Newton Stewart, and to you, all the Co-op members who selected Trad Music Trust as their chosen local cause for 2019/2020. A total of £1,296.08 was raised to support programming at The Vault Arts Centre.

26 Oct 20
Nathon Jones

The Music Shop Opening Times

The Music Shop at The Vault Arts Centre will be open again on Friday 16th & Saturday 17th October from 1pm-5pm with acoustic and electric guitars, amplifiers, pedals, strings, capos, leads, picks and a wide range of accessories available. The bar is open until 10pm too, for drinks in the courtyard!

14 Oct 20
Nathon Jones

Calling all musicians/bands in D&G

Trad Music Trust are looking for your help in shaping the future of The Vault Arts Centre venue and the new Music Shop at The Vault Arts Centre. By completing our short survey you'll help ensure that the venue properly supports you as a musician and performer in Dumfries & Galloway.

14 Oct 20
Nathon Jones

TradFestival aiming high this year!

Nominations are now open for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020, the highly regarded annual awards which give recognition to excellence within Scotland’s thriving traditional musical culture. We need YOUR support for a nomination for Event or Community Project of the Year. Please vote x

14 Oct 20
Billie Jones

Vote for The Vault Youth Project

£60,000 funding is up for grabs for youth led projects in Dumfries and Galloway and voting is open NOW until Friday 13th November! You must be between the ages of 12 - 25 to vote and you can only vote in 1 ward area. Your voice, your money, you decide!

12 Oct 20
Nathon Jones

DMC 2020 - A Post-COVID World

Trad Music Trust's Project Co-ordinator & Festival Director, Nathon Jones, has been invited to speak at this year's Dumfries Music Conference to discuss the general concerns facing the industry and how the charity is attempting to overcome those challenges.

26 Sep 20
Billie Jones

Update on The Vault Arts Centre

Following the announcement by the First Minister yesterday, we have decided to delay any further 'soft' opening nights at The Vault Arts Centre until it is absolutely safe for us to do so, and for you to enjoy. We hope to be open again this year, but that will obviously depend on developments.

11 Sep 20
Nathon Jones

Plight of the Vault makes ITV news

On Friday 14th August, ITV News visited staff and members of the Board of Trustees of Trad Music Trust at the charity's Vault Arts Centre which opened in November 2019 but promptly had to close in March 2020 because of Covid-19. Their piece looks at the plight of venues in the South of Scotland.

20 Aug 20
Nathon Jones

How to donate at JustGiving

A huge thank you to those of you who have donated so far to support this year's online version of Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival. If you're one of the 448 people who have viewed the online concert this year, and you haven't yet donated, here's how you do it.

10 Aug 20
Nathon Jones

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7th annual music festival

This year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will take place over the 9th-11th July 2021 however, in response to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, it has been agreed that a much reduced programme be offered with a focus, this year, on the tune and song sessions which will be taking place in venues throughout the towns. We also hope to run a free outdoor concert however this will be dependent on the Scottish government advice and guidance at that time.

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