National Best Festival Finalists!


13 Jun 19
by Nathon Jones

E Awards Tonight!

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.

We'll enjoy gin cocktails courtesy of Pickering's Gin, canapes and a cheese board, and a medley of entertainment during an informal networking event at the prestigious Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, where the 2019 winners will be announced.

It's an outstanding acheivement for Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival but it simply wouldn't be possible without the support of the fantastic team of volunteers who make sure the festival happens every year, the local communities of Newton Stewart & Minnigaff and all the local businesses who sponsor the event, our funders from Dumfries & Galloway Council, Kilgallioch Community Fund and The Holywood Trust and, especially, YOU; the wonderful musicians, festival goers, friends and family who attend every year and who are so supportive of everything Trad Music Trust are trying to acheive in Dumfries & Galloway.

It's a fabulous way to welcome in the 6th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival, which takes place over the 12th-14th July 2019, and we'll have everything crossed tonight for a success.

Wish us luck but, most of all, well done all of us!

E Awards

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The Vault is the place to be...

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Nominate us for STMA 2019?

We're looking for your support with a nomination for this year's MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. You can nominate us for Event of the Year (category 6) or Community Project of the Year (category 5), with nominations closing on Sunday 13th October. Thank you for your support!

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Culture Champion Finalist

It was with much delight that we heard last week that our Festival Director, Nathon Jones, has been selected as a finalist in the Culture Champion of the Year category at the Dumfries & Galloway Life Awards 2019, and will head to Easterbrook Hall on 8th November for the prestigious awards ceremony.

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Sponsorship support from:
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  • 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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