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Saturday 7th July 2018


Concerts & Workshops


Scottish Highland Dancing Competitions

Saturday 7th July 2018
Doors 10:30am

Minnigaff Park, Kirroughtree Avenue, Minnigaff. DG8 6PF

£2.00 (Full) / £Free (Conc.)

Welcome to Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival's first ever official Scottish Highland dancing competition which takes place on Saturday 7th July 2018 from 10:30am - 4:30pm at Minnigaff Park, Minnigaff, Newton Stewart.


Gaelic Singing Workshop - Joy Dunlop

Saturday 7th July 2018
Doors 11:00am

Creebridge House Hotel, Creebridge, Minnigaff. DG8 6NP

£10.00 (Full) / £Free (Conc.)
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Have you always wanted to try Gaelic singing? If so, why not come and learn a few songs in with Mòd Gold Medalist, Joy Dunlop. No previous experience of Gaelic or singing necessary - just a have a go attitude! Participants will receive paper copies of all material covered but feel free to take a small recording device/dictaphone along with you.


Flute with Claire Mann

Saturday 7th July 2018
Doors 11:30am

Newton Stewart Centre, Church Street, Newton Stewart. DG8 6ER

£10.00 (Full) / £Free (Conc.)
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Already play a few tunes but want to improve your technique, sound and ornamentation? Then come along and spend an hour improving your Flute technique with All Ireland champion Claire Mann.


Scottish Stepdance Workshop with Joy Dunlop

Saturday 7th July 2018
Doors 12:30pm

Creebridge House Hotel, Creebridge, Minnigaff. DG8 6NP

£10.00 (Full) / £Free (Conc.)
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Step dance is a form of percussive dance; although its origins lie in Scotland, it also can be found in Cape Breton, where Scottish emigrant communities settled. Why not come and try your hand (or feet!) at learning a few steps with Pan Celtic Traditional Dance Champion Joy Dunlop. No dancing experience is necessary but make sure to bring with you a pair of hard soled shoes and a bottle of water.


Whistle Workshop with Ollie Rigg

Saturday 7th July 2018
Doors 12:30pm

Newton Stewart Centre, Church Street, Newton Stewart. DG8 6ER

£10.00 (Full) / £Free (Conc.)
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Fantastic opportunity to improve your whistle technique with superb whistle player and piper Ollie Rigg at Newton Stewart Centre on Saturday 7th July 2018 from 12:30pm.


The Lost Boys / Catriona McGhie

Saturday 7th July 2018
Doors 12:45pm

Festival Marquee, Creebridge House Hotel, Minnigaff. DG8 6NP

£8.00 (Full) / £5.00 (Conc.)
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Fresh from their final year at Plockton Music School, musicians Jem Irving (Accordian), Jared Muir (Guitar/Bass), James Bauld (Flute/Whistle), Steven Stark (Percussion/Kit) and Lewis McLaughlin (Fiddle/Bass) perform at the Festival Marquee, Creebridge House Hotel, with support from local singer/songwriter Catriona McGhie.


Irish Style Fiddle with Claire Mann

Saturday 7th July 2018
Doors 1:00pm

Newton Stewart Centre, Church Street, Newton Stewart. DG8 6ER

£10.00 (Full) / £Free (Conc.)
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Are you interested in learning or improving your Irish Fiddle playing? Experienced teacher Claire Mann will take you through the bowing and ornamentation you’ll need to improve your Irish fiddle style.


Bodhrán Workshop with Michael Drain

Saturday 7th July 2018
Doors 2:30pm

Newton Stewart Centre, Church Street, Newton Stewart. DG8 6ER

£10.00 (Full) / £Free (Conc.)
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Learn bodhrán with the outstanding Irish bodhrán player Michael Drain.


Uilleann Pipes Workshop with Watkin Lees and Ollie Rigg

Saturday 7th July 2018
Doors 3:00pm

Creebridge House Hotel, Creebridge, Minnigaff. DG8 6NP

£10.00 (Full) / £Free (Conc.)
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Spend an hour learning how to play Uilleann Pipes with Watkin Lees and Ollie Rigg. Suitable for all levels and experience.


The Barrstools

Saturday 7th July 2018
Doors 6:00pm

Crafty Distillery, Crafty Scottish Distillers Ltd, Newton Stewart. DG8 6JZ

£10.00 (Full) / £8.00 (Conc.)
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Join fabulous South Ayrshire group The Barrstools at the fantastic Crafty Distillery, Newton Stewart, for an early evening concert to sample and celebrate the fine local gin, good tunes, good songs and the best of craic'.


Old Blind Dogs / Clive Carroll / Kim Carnie

Saturday 7th July 2018
Doors 7:30pm

The McMillan Hall, Dashwood Square, Newton Stewart. DG8 6EQ

£17.50 (Full) / £15.00 (Conc.)
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Saturday night concert of the 5th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival featuring Scottish band Old Blind Dogs, guitarist Clive Carroll and Scottish singer Kim Carnie with her trio.


Tune & Song Sessions


Sessions @ Cree Inn Bar

Saturday 7th July 2018
Doors 12:00pm

Cree Inn, Creebridge, Minnigaff. DG8 6NP

Free Entry

Tune and song session venue open all day for musicians or from 9pm in the lounge.


Sessions @ The Bruce Hotel

Saturday 7th July 2018
Doors 12:00pm

The Bruce Hotel, 88 Queen Street, Newton Stewart. DG8 6JL

Free Entry

Musicians are welcome all weekend at the Bruce Hotel which has a bar and restaurant.


Sessions @ The Star Inn

Saturday 7th July 2018
Doors 12:00pm

The Star Inn, 11 Dashwood Square, Newton Stewart. DG8 6EF

Free Entry

Musicians welcome and open for sessions all weekend, you'll get a warm welcome at the Star Inn.


Sessions @ Central Bar

Saturday 7th July 2018
Doors 12:00pm

Central Bar, 2 Victoria Street, Newton Stewart. DG8 6BT

Free Entry

Musicians welcome throughout the weekend at the Central Bar. Sessions until 8pm on the Saturday.


Sessions @ Galloway Arms Bar

Saturday 7th July 2018
Doors 12:00pm

Galloway Arms Bar & Restaurant, 54-58 Victoria Street, Newton Stewart. DG8 6DB

Free Entry

Musicians welcome all weekend at the Galloway Arms Bar which has a good choice of beers and spirits and serves food all day.


Sessions @ Blackhorse Hotel

Saturday 7th July 2018
Doors 12:00pm

Blackhorse Hotel, 66 Queen Street, Newton Stewart. DG8 6JL

Free Entry

Musicians are welcome all weekend at the Blackhorse Hotel which has a cosy bar area and a fantastic restaurant serving good food all weekend. Sessions up to 8pm on Saturday.


Festival Late Club

Saturday 7th July 2018
Doors 10:00pm

Creebridge House Hotel, Creebridge, Minnigaff. DG8 6NP

Free Entry

Tune and song sessions into the wee small hours. Don't miss the fantastic tune and song sessions at the Festival Club which often includes performers from the concerts.


6th annual music festival

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.

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