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

Huge thanks to the Co-op & You

We would like to offer sincere gratitude and thanks to the Co-op, Newton Stewart, and to you, all the Co-op members who selected Trad Music Trust as their chosen local cause for 2019/2020. A total of £1,296.08 was raised to support programming at The Vault Arts Centre.

26 Oct 20
Nathon Jones

The Music Shop Opening Times

The Music Shop at The Vault Arts Centre will be open again on Friday 16th & Saturday 17th October from 1pm-5pm with acoustic and electric guitars, amplifiers, pedals, strings, capos, leads, picks and a wide range of accessories available. The bar is open until 10pm too, for drinks in the courtyard!

14 Oct 20
Nathon Jones

Calling all musicians/bands in D&G

Trad Music Trust are looking for your help in shaping the future of The Vault Arts Centre venue and the new Music Shop at The Vault Arts Centre. By completing our short survey you'll help ensure that the venue properly supports you as a musician and performer in Dumfries & Galloway.

14 Oct 20
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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