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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.

Have you seen this?

If you haven't yet seen the online version of this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival, it is available on YouTube until 10th August 2020. If you have already watched it but haven't yet donated, please click the title above to find out how you can donate.

31 Jul 20
Nathon Jones

Please support Trad Music Trust

If you enjoyed this year's online version of Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival please remember that you can still donate online to support costs for next year's event and the on-going work of Trad Music Trust to develop traditional music in Dumfries & Galloway.

17 Jul 20
Nathon Jones

Thanks for tuning in!

After some, predictable really, technical difficulties we were very happy to be able to bring you an e-version of this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival. A huge thanks to everyone who took part and please remember that you can donate until 10th August 2020.

14 Jul 20
Nathon Jones

How to tune in this weekend

Today would have seen us welcome in the 7th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival with visitors from all over Scotland, the UK, Ireland and the world joining the local communities of Minnigaff and Newton Stewart for 3 days of tunes, songs and the best o' craic'.

10 Jul 20
Nathon Jones

The Show Must Go On...Line

You're invited to join us online on Saturday 11th July 2020 from 6pm for a very special e-Festival event featuring all of the musicians and a host of dancers who were due to perform at next weekend's traditional music and dance festival which, sadly, was cancelled due to Coronavirus.

3 Jul 20
Nathon Jones

Key Worker Discount for 2021

As a thank you to everyone who is working on the front line to protect and support us all during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, Trad Music Trust would like to offer a 50% discount on Weekend Passes for Key Workers for next year's festival over 9th-11th July 2021.

12 May 20
Nathon Jones

Festival Re-scheduled for 2021

Just now, we would usually be full-steam-ahead with preparations for the annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance festival, due to take place over 10th-12th July 2020. It is with a very heavy heart indeed, therefore, that we announce the cancellation of this year's event.

12 May 20
Nathon Jones

Trad Music in South West Scotland

Join Aaron & Nathon Jones live from their respective living rooms on Sat 28th March to help raise funds to support The Vault Arts Centre, Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival, Girvan Folk Festival, Moniaive Folk Festival and Port Logan Big Skies Folk & Roots Festival.

27 Mar 20
Nathon Jones

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

Supported by:
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  • The Holywood Trust Logo
  • Baillie Gifford Logo

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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