How to tune in this weekend

10 Jul 20
by Nathon Jones

Newton Stewart & Minnigaff © Dabhand's Blog

Today would have seen us welcome in the 7th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival with visitors from all over Scotland, the UK, Ireland and the world joining the local communities of Minnigaff and Newton Stewart for 3 days of tunes, songs and the best o' craic'.

What a line-up it was as well....Karen-Marie Keenan, Cameron Nixon (BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Finalist), Ali Levack (BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Winner!), Sarah Markey and Band, Damien O'Kane and Ron Block, Paula Herries School of Dance, Grainne Brady and Band and Ulaid. <sob!>

Anyway, not ones to be beaten easily, we have secured all of the above for next year's festival which runs from 9th-11th July 2021 so please put that in your diaries. Tickets are already available online at and we're delighted to be offering a 50% discount for key workers to thank you for your outstanding work in keeping us all safe and well, and not just during these difficult times; a thank you has been long overdue.

This year we're running a very special online version of the festival featuring all of the above, which will be available to view on the festival's YouTube channel at Trad Festival YouTube from 6pm on Saturday 11th July 2020.  We hope you'll all join us for that.

We'll be leaving the footage up for a month and are running a JustGiving fundraising campaign alongside it to raise much-needed funds for next year's event and to support the work Trad Music Trust do to encourage, develop, support and promote traditional music and dance learning, composition and performance in Dumfries & Galloway.

You can donate online now, until 10th August 2020, by clicking the Donate Online button below.

Thank you all so much for your support over the years.  We're so sad that we won't be getting to see any of you this weekend.  Jeezo, are we ready for a tune btw!

Please enjoy this year's offering and we'll look forward, very much, to seeing you all next year, if not before.

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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
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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
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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
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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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