World class musicians performing and teaching in Galloway. Rachel Newton went on to win the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Musician in 2017.
Local duo The Mermaids were in fine form to open the Friday night concert in 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.
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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.