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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The Show Must Go On...Line

You're invited to join us online on Saturday 11th July 2020 from 6pm for a very special e-Festival event featuring all of the musicians and a host of dancers who were due to perform at next weekend's traditional music and dance festival which, sadly, was cancelled due to Coronavirus.

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Key Worker Discount for 2021

As a thank you to everyone who is working on the front line to protect and support us all during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, Trad Music Trust would like to offer a 50% discount on Weekend Passes for Key Workers for next year's festival over 9th-11th July 2021.

12 May 20
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7th annual music festival

The 7th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will now take place over the 9th-11th July 2021 following the Trust's decision to re-schedule this year's event due to Covid-19. We are in negotiation with the artists booked for this year and hope to secure them all for 2021, plus a few extra surprises, so we'll be back with another packed programme of traditional music and dance next year. We hope you'll join us.

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