Trad Music in South West Scotland

27 Mar 20
by Nathon Jones

Nathon & Aaron Jones

Join Aaron & Nathon Jones live from their respective living rooms on Sat 28th March to help raise funds to support The Vault Arts Centre, Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival, Girvan Folk Festival, Moniaive Folk Festival and Port Logan Big Skies Folk & Roots Festival.

With many events having to be cancelled this year, venues closed for the foreseeable future and performing artists and musicians unable to work it is now, more than ever, that traditional music and dance needs your support.

We are hosting two live streaming concerts to raise funds for the following events and organisations that have suffered as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic to hopefully give them a cash boost heading into 2021 and to show solidarity with organisations and events that work to encourage, develop, support and promote traditional music & dance in South West Scotland.

The Vault Arts Centre (Trad Music Trust) -

Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival (Trad Music Trust) -

Girvan Folk Festival -

Moniaive Folk Festival -

Port Logan Big Skies Folk & Roots Festival -

We have created a campaign on the Trad Music Trust JustGiving website which is open, now, for donations.  Please click the link below to donate now.

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In Other News

Fiddle Lessons Online from 17th Feb

Local fiddle player Claire Mann will be hosting an Improving Beginners/Intermediate fiddle class online via Microsoft Teams every Wednesday for 6 weeks starting Wednesday 17th February 2021. It's free for under 25's or, if you're over 25, it's just £60 for the block. Online booking available now.

5 Feb 21
Nathon Jones

Wheelchair accessible facilities

Delighted to see the toilet facilities works under way at The Vault Arts Centre which will provide a wheelchair accessible cubicle and additional toilet facilities/capacity in both the ladies and gents toilets, with as little disruption as possible whilst we're currently closed to the public.

5 Feb 21
Nathon Jones

Tae Robert Burns

This time last year we celebrated Robert Burns with Dumfries singer Rose Byers and fantastic local piper Karen Keenan, live at The Vault Arts Centre. We would dearly love to be doing that again right now. Until we can again, have a happy Burns night and we’ll raise a dram together soon we hope x

25 Jan 21
Nathon Jones

Sponsorship support from:
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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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