Happy New Year!

5 Jan 19
by Nathon Jones

Scottish dancers at the 2018 festival

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone who visits the website, the wonderful audiences at the events we host and the sponsors and funders who so generously support what we do, a fantastic and happy new year.

2018 was an outstanding year for the organisation. We hosted the 5th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival in July to our largest audiences yet, welcomed 38 young dancers to a brand new Scottish Highland dancing competition - which we're delighted to be running again in 2019 - and we gained charitable status under our new organisation title, Trad Music Trust.

We're looking forward to another fantastic year and we can't wait to tell you about the exciting projects we have lined up so please stay tuned for that.

For now, we hope you've got the Christmas tree down and are well and truly recovered from any New Year over-indulgences!  We look forward to seeing you in 2019.

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In Other News

Five Kingdoms Brewery Sponsors 2019

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership this year with the wonderful Five Kingdoms Brewery, a microbrewery located in the beautiful Isle of Whithorn, who produce a range of distinctly individual beers using whole hops, quality malts and fresh local water.

15 Mar 19
Billie Jones

Hohner Two Row Melodeon For Sale

We were absolutely bowled over this week to receive not one but three musical instrument donations to support the fundraising campaign for The Vault Arts Centre from the outstanding luthier David Mann at Hexham Violins; the star being this beautiful Hohner Pokerwork Two Row D/G Melodeon.

13 Mar 19
Nathon Jones

Duncan Chisholm @TradFestival

We are absolutely thrilled to announce the headline act for the Saturday night concert at this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival; one of Scotland’s most recognised and accomplished fiddle players and composers, the fabulous Duncan Chisholm.

1 Mar 19
Nathon Jones

Sponsorship support from:
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  • Five Kingdoms 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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