The Show Must Go On...Line


3 Jul 20
by Nathon Jones

Donal O'Connor, John McSherry & Sean Og Graham - Ulaid

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.

The show, which will be broadcast on social media channels, features performances by local piper Karen Keenan, Alexander Levack (BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2020), Cameron Nixon (BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2020 Finalist), The Sarah Markey Band, Damien O'Kane & Ron Block, Gráinne Brady and Ulaid, along with Highland dancing from some of the many young dancers who were due to compete at this year's Scottish highland dancing competition.

If you're missing live music, tunes and songs with friends and family as much as we are then we hope that it will bring some light to your weekend, next week, and make up, in some small way, for the cancellation of this year's festival which was a heartbreaking decision for us to have to make this year, but the right one.

The event will be free to view however we will be running a JustGiving campaign alongside the broadcast, and for a month or two afterwards, to raise funds for next year's festival so we hope you'll all dig deep and do what you can to support this fantastic community project.

We'll have more details available through the week so please stay tuned.

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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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