Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy in 2019


27 Oct 18
by Nathon Jones

Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy

Delighted to announce that we'll have outstanding Scottish harpist, composer and tutor Rachel Hair and guitarist / multi-instrumentalist Ron Jappy teaching and performing on Saturday 13th July 2019 at the 6th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival!

More intimate than a band, Trad duo, Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy, embody a special chemistry.

Purveyors of Scotland’s most ancient and contemporary instruments (clarsach, Gaelic for Scottish harp, and acoustic guitar, respectively) these two halves created a whole in September 2017: a subtle ying-yang between spine-tingling clarity and virtuosic drive.

From snappy Strathspeys to heartfelt airs, from rip-roaring reels to chirpy jigs – theirs is the perfect synthesis of the modern and the traditional.

As individual musicians, the award-nominated dyad (hailing from the north of Scotland) spread their influence far and wide across the globe. As a pairing who tailor each performance to the needs of their audience, no corner of the world will go untouched by their rootsy charm.

Rachel Hair Official Website

In Other News


Emily Smith's Songs for Christmas

It has been a fantastic year for the Trad Music Trust and Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival so, to celebrate, we've reduced the price for the forthcoming Emily Smith Song's For Christmas show to £10 (Over 25's) and £8 (Over 65's / Under 25's). Merry Christmas!

19 Nov 18
Nathon Jones

£130,320 economic impact in 2018

With support from Dumfries & Galloway Council's Major Events Strategic Fund it has been estimated that Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival had a total economic impact of £130,320 in 2018; a fantastic achievement for the event and a huge boost to the region's economy.

18 Nov 18
Billie Jones

Wish us luck at the D&G Life Awards

Chairperson Billy and Festival Director Nathon are off to the D&G Life Awards this evening (9th Nov) to represent Trad Music Trust and the Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival which has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Tourism Champion category.

9 Nov 18
Billie Jones

Sponsorship support from:
  • Belhaven Brewery Logo
  • Merrick Real Estate
  • Creebridge House Hotel
  • Baillie Gifford Logo

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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