Festival Gallery


We've enjoyed some absolutely fantastic music and entertainment at the festival over the years and nothing says it more than a photograph so please enjoy browsing through the gallery as it will give you a real feel for the festival.

@TradFestival 2019

Dougie MacLean, Rachel Hair, Duncan Chisholm, Rose Byers, Jarlath Henderson, Steph Geremia, Hamish Napier, Kitty Macfarlane, Innes Watson, Aaron Jones, Ron Jappy, Claire Mann, Ben Gunnery, Benedict Morris (BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2019), Watkins Lee, Ollie Rigg, Karen Keenan, Wendy Stewart.

@TradFestival 2018

Andy Irvine, Tim Edey, Aaron Jones, Jonny Hardy, Ali Hutton, Donald Hay, Clive Carroll, Joy Dunlop, Suzanne Fivey, Edel Ní Churraoin, Gráinne Brady, Emma Ní Fhíoruisce, Kim Carnie, Euan Burton, Jack Badcock, Claire Mann, Hannah Rarity (BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018), Conal McDonagh, Calum Morrison, Michael Drain, Watkins Lee, Ollie Rigg, Karen Keenan, Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums, Catriona McGhie, Ian McGhie, Stewart Robertson, Harry Sheddon, Kevin Boreland,

@TradFestival 2017

Jarlath Henderson, Innes Watson, Hamish Napier, Duncan Lyle & Andrea Gobbi, Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton, BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, Charlie Stewart with Becky Hill, Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan, Cillian Doheny & Cillian King, Failte, Darcy Da Silva, Ollie Rigg, Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing, Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums, glorious sunshine, even better sessions - just brilliant from start to finish.

@TradFestival 2016

Buille featuring Niall and Caoimhín Vallely, Seán Óg Graham and Martin O'Neil, The Rachel Newton Trio, Mohsen Amini Band, Jim Malcolm, MacMath, Aaron Jones, Claire Mann, Robyn Stapleton, Emily Smith, Jamie McClennan, Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing, Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums; it was a fantastic festival weekend again.

@TradFestival 2015

Máirtín O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, Seamie O'Dowd, Laura-Beth Salter & Jenn Butterworth, Ryan Young & Craig Irving, Claire Hastings & Robyn Stapleton, Jonathan Henderson, Jones Family feat Claire Mann, Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums. "One of the best nights of music I've ever heard at the McMillan Hall".

@TradFestival 2014

Our first official festival featured Ross Couper & Tom Oakes, Siobhan Miller, Robyn Stapleton, Hajime Takahashi, Zoë Bestel, Greg Quiery, Wendy Stewart, John & Rona Carson, Orkney Cavalcade, Indoor Kites, Joey Pearce, Bruce McKenzie and Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums.

@TradFestival 2013

Back to where it all began and the start of our journey as a music festival (nyaay!). Many an enjoyable day/night/early morning has been had at Waulkmill House with friends, family and neighbours and it soon got us thinking about the potential to host a more formal event that even more people could enjoy and benefit from.

Artists & Musicians

We are very proud to have welcomed world famous and award winning traditional music artists to the festival bringing high-quality arts programming and performances to new audiences, both young and old, in Wigtownshire.

Workshops

Since the event was formed in 2014, the festival has offered workshops free of charge for under 25's giving young people in Dumfries & Galloway the opportunity to learn from some of the absolute very best in traditional music; and experiences that they would, otherwise, have to travel long distances for.

Tune & Song Sessions

A big draw at the festival are the many, family friendly, tune and song sessions which usually start on the Friday lunchtime and don't finish until, well, Tuesday it was on one occasion! Fantastic atmosphere, the best of craic' and a warm welcome awaits.

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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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