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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.

Fiddle Lessons at The Vault

Local fiddle player Claire Mann will be hosting an Improving Beginners/Intermediate fiddle class every Wednesday for 6 weeks starting Wednesday 2nd June 2021. It's free for under 25's or, if you're over 25, it's just £60 for the block. Online booking available now.

5 Feb 21
Nathon Jones

Wheelchair accessible facilities

Delighted to see the toilet facilities works under way at The Vault Arts Centre which will provide a wheelchair accessible cubicle and additional toilet facilities/capacity in both the ladies and gents toilets, with as little disruption as possible whilst we're currently closed to the public.

5 Feb 21
Nathon Jones

Tae Robert Burns

This time last year we celebrated Robert Burns with Dumfries singer Rose Byers and fantastic local piper Karen Keenan, live at The Vault Arts Centre. We would dearly love to be doing that again right now. Until we can again, have a happy Burns night and we’ll raise a dram together soon we hope x

25 Jan 21
Nathon Jones

Closed until further notice

Following recent advice from the Scottish Government, The Vault Arts Centre will be closed to the public until further notice. We are currently working on a programme of online tutoring which we will announce later this month. Until then, please stay safe and we hope to see you in early February.

6 Jan 21
Nathon Jones

Wishing us all a happier New Year x

It has been a tough year for the arts but it's nothing compared to those suffering from, or affected by, this terrible illness and our hearts go out, this Hogmanay, to those people and to those that work tirelessly to protect us, and provide for us. We are all dearly hoping for a happier New Year.

31 Dec 20
Nathon Jones

Rehearsal space for 12-17 year olds

If you're aged 12-17 and are looking for somewhere to rehearse or practice, or you just want to meet like-minded musicians and performing artists, then get along to The Vault Arts Centre on Wednesday's from 4pm-6pm and utilise the fantastic facilities available at the centre.

2 Dec 20
Nathon Jones

Latha Naomh Anndra sona dhuibh!

Trad Music Trust, The Vault Arts Centre and Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival would like to wish you all a very happy St. Andrew's Day. Looking forward to celebrating properly in 2021!

30 Nov 20
Nathon Jones

Music shop Christmas opening times

From now until Christmas the Music Shop at The Vault Arts Centre will be open from 1pm-5pm, Thursday-Saturday, stocking everything you need to make the musician/s in your family very happy this Christmas, plus everything you purchase supports music development in Dumfries & Galloway.

26 Nov 20
Nathon Jones

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

Supported by:
  • Kilgallioch Community Fund Logo
  • The Holywood Trust Logo
  • Baillie Gifford Logo

8th annual music festival

The 8th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will take place over the 8th-10th July 2022 and plans are already underway for a HUGE comeback event featuring, as ever, the very best in traditional music. We're delighted that the Damien O'Kane & Ron Block Band, Sarah Markey Band and Gráinne Brady are already confirmed and thrilled to also announce Irish fiddler player Megan Nic Fhionnghaile! It's going to be an incredible weekend, not to be missed.

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