We did it!


11 Nov 19
by Billie Jones

Nathon collecting his award from Cathy Agnew, Chairperson of DG Unlimited

We're thrilled to announce that Trad Music Trust's Project Co-ordinator and Festival Director for Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival, Nathon Jones, won the Culture Champion of the Year award at the D&G Life Awards last Friday night.

It was a fantastic night at Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, for the 10th anniversary of the Dumfries & Galloway Life Awards and we're delighted for Nathon who has worked tirelessly, since 2014, to build what is now acknowledged as one of Scotland's most popular traditional music & dance festivals.  With the opening of the The Vault Arts Centre this year too, it has been a wonderful year for the organisation and, we're sure, the start of many things to come.

We'd particularly like to thank the Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing, the wonderful communities and businesses of Newton Stewart & Minnigaff who have been so supportive of the festival and the charity, the amazing audiences, musicians and artists who make the festival so enjoyable and without whom we wouldn't exist, Dumfries & Galloway Council, The Holywood Trust, Baillie Gifford, Belhaven Brewery, Creebridge House Hotel, Stables Guest House, Norman Furnishings and Montpelier Accountants, all of whom helped us acheive this award.

We'd also like to thank everyone at D&G Life Magazine for another fantastic awards night and for their very generous hospitality throughout the evening.

D&G Life

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Packed weekend at The Vault again

We've certainly hit the ground running at The Vault Arts Centre. A huge thanks to Norman, Brian and Aaron from Breakdown who played a fantastic gig on Friday night, followed by the Dynamite Kings and Conjuring Fate on Saturday night and another brilliant rock night.

10 Dec 19
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Busy weekend ahead at The Vault

The Winter Programme is hot off the press and we're off and running with lots of events over Christmas, New Year and into 2020 starting with the fabulous Breakdown this Friday 6th December, followed by Conjuring Fate, with support from The Dynamite Kings, on Saturday 7th December. Both from 7pm.

5 Dec 19
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Fantastic night with Kate Kyle

The first gig since the official opening and a fantastic night with Dumfries singer/songwriter Kate Kyle supported by Newton Stewart's very own Hamish & Kirsty Sutherland. It was fantastic to see The Vault open and full with an expectant and, ultimately, very satisfied audience. Great night.

4 Dec 19
Nathon Jones

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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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