Sarah Markey confirmed for festival


13 Jan 20
by Nathon Jones

Sarah Markey

Chuffed to bits to have secured the fabulous talent that is flute player Sarah Markey for this July's 7th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival. Sarah will be performing with her band on opening night, Friday 10th July 2020, at the McMillan Hall, Newton Stewart.

Sarah Markey is a contemporary traditional flute player and singer who creatively blends Irish and Scottish styles to create self-penned tunes and contemporary folk songs.  She was a BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year finalist in 2019 and has toured all over Europe and internationally with some of the folk scene’s top artists.  She is joined by her stellar band; Jack McRobbie (guitar/piano accordion), Marty Barry (banjo/bouzouki/vocals) and Charlie Stewart (double bass/fiddle), all of whom are established musicians in their own right and together they create a raw, driven, uplifting performance.   

Summer 2020 will see the release of Sarah’s debut solo album featuring some of her new compositions on flute, folk songs as well as accompaniment from her band.  Also appearing on the album will be special guests Calum Stewart (uilleann pipes), Rubén Bada (bouzouki), Hayley Keenan (piano/strings), Conor Markey (bouzouki) and Eamonn Nugent (bodhrán).

Weekend passes are available online now using the link below or you can purchase individual concert tickets from 1st February 2020.

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We are delighted to have secured outstanding fiddle player and composer Gráinne Brady for this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival. Gráinne will perform on Saturday 11th July at the McMillan Hall along with Ulaid. It's going to be some night!

11 Feb 20
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Ulaid @TradFestival 2020

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Trad Music Trust in Liverpool

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17 Dec 19
Billie 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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