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Festival Update 2021

With lockdown easing paused for a further 3 weeks, which runs into this year's dates, Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will, instead, focus on what has made the event so popular; the fantastic tune and song sessions which take place at venues throughout the towns.  

16 Jun 21
Nathon Jones

TVYP is back!

If you're aged between 12-25 years old and would like to meet like-minded young people, musicians and performing artists then please pop along to The Vault Arts Centre, Newton Stewart, on Wednesday's between 4:30pm-6:30pm.  

9 Jun 21
Nathon Jones

Music Shop @ The Vault Arts Centre

Delighted to have the music shop open again, Thursday-Saturday / 1pm-5pm at The Vault Arts Centre, Newton Stewart and we've got some fantastic instruments available including acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitar, bouzouki, banjos, drum kits and amps plus strings, leads and accessories.  

4 Jun 21
Nathon Jones

Council funding to arrive too late

With funding from D&G Council already guaranteed to be at least 43% down on the previous year, following removal of the Major Events Strategic Fund, it came as a huge blow to discover that any funding the event does receive this year, which isn't guaranteed, won't arrive in time for July's event.  

21 May 21
Billie Jones

Fiddle Lessons Online from 17th Feb

Local fiddle player Claire Mann will be hosting an Improving Beginners/Intermediate fiddle class online via Microsoft Teams every Wednesday for 6 weeks starting Wednesday 17th February 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

What's On?


8
Jul

The Crown Hotel
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Tune & Song Session

Musicians and festival goers welcome at The Crown Hotel. From 1pm-5pm.

Doors: 12:00pm
FREE EVENT

8
Jul

The Vault Arts Centre
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Tune & Song Session

Musicians and festival goers welcome. Festival Marquee (1pm-4pm), Courtyard (1pm-6pm), The Vault Arts Centre (1pm-1am).

Doors: 1:00pm
FREE EVENT

8
Jul

The Bruce Hotel
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Tune & Song Session

Musicians and festival goers welcome at The Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart. Open 2pm-Midnight.

Doors: 2:00pm
FREE EVENT

8
Jul

Festival Marquee
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Damien O'Kane & Ron Block Band with Michael McGoldrick + The Sarah Markey Band

It doesn't get much better an opening night concert than Coleraine's very own Damien O'Kane and 14 time Grammy Award winner, Ron Block for an outstanding night of banjo with support from The Sarah Markey Band.

Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: £17.00 / £15.00 (Concession)

9
Jul

Minnigaff Playing Field
Minnigaff, Scotland

Scottish Highland Dancing Competition 2022

Join traditional Scottish Highland dancers at Minnigaff Playing Fields on Saturday 9th July 2022 for a fantastic day of competition featuring dancers from all over Scotland, the UK and Ireland and International competitors. There'll also be market stalls, bouncy castles, children's entertainment, BBQ and the festival bar available throughout the day for a brilliant day out for all the family.

Doors: 10:00am
FREE EVENT

9
Jul

Festival Marquee
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Solo Piping Competition 2022

After the success of the piping competition in 2019, we're back with another solo piping competition at this year's festival featuring the best in up-and-coming young piping talent from Dumfries & Galloway, and beyond.

Doors: 10:30am
FREE EVENT

Trad Music Trust

The 8th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will take place over the 8th-10th July 2022 and it's a HUGE comeback event featuring, as ever, the very best in traditional music & dance. The Sarah Markey Band, Damien O'Kane & Ron Block Band with Michael McGoldrick, Megan Nic Fhionnghaile, Malin Makes Music, John McSherry & Francis McIlduff, Heather Cartwright, Mairi McGillivray and Blue Rose Code (trio)!! It's going to be another incredible weekend.

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