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


Coming soon....

Delighted to announce that Trad Music Trust, with outstanding support from the solicitors and team at McCormick & Nicholson, have completed all required paperwork and taken possession of the keys for 40 Victoria Street to develop a new arts, culture and heritage centre in Newton Stewart.

18 Jun 19
Nathon Jones

National Best Festival Finalists!

We're off to Edinburgh tonight for the National E Awards Summer Party where the 2019 winners will be announced. The festival has been shortlisted as finalists in the Best Festival category alongside University of St Andrews, Renfrewshire Council, Party at the Palace and Edinburgh Corn Exchange.

13 Jun 19
Nathon Jones

80 tickets left for Dougie MacLean

There are just 80 tickets remaining for this year's closing concert at Newton Stewart Cinema - a unique and intimate opportunity to see Scottish legend Dougie MacLean. If you haven't got your tickets yet, please don't leave it too late as we are expecting a sell out show.

10 Jun 19
Nathon Jones

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  • Merrick Real Estate
  • Creebridge House Hotel
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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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