TradFestival aiming high this year!

14 Oct 20
by Billie Jones

MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020

Nominations are now open for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020, the highly regarded annual awards which give recognition to excellence within Scotland’s thriving traditional musical culture. We need YOUR support for a nomination for Event or Community Project of the Year. Please vote x

We may not have been able to bring you this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival in person, although we are very proud of the musicians and dancers who helped produce the online version of this year's festival which you can view here, but we continue to try our best, every year, to receive acknowledgement from MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards for the 6 years Trad Music Trust have already delivered the annual festival and the charity's continued committment to developing a year-round programme of traditional music & dance in Dumfries & Galloway through the annual festival and the new Vault Arts Centre.

Tweaked for 2020 to reflect the pivot the entire industry has made due to Covid-19, this year’s twelve awards are as follows and we have highlighted in bold the categories in which you may want to support us:

1. Music Tutor of the Year, sponsored by Creative Scotland
2. Gaelic Singer of the Year, sponsored by The Highland Society of London
Album of The Year, sponsored by Birnam CD
Up & Coming artist of the Year, sponsored by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Event of the Year
Community Music Project of the Year, sponsored by Greentrax Recordings
Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year, sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA)
Trad Video of the Year, sponsored by Threads of Sound
Online Performance of 2020, sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust
Services to Gaelic Award, sponsored by Bòrd na Gàidhlig
Original Work of the Year, sponsored by PRS for Music
Trad Music in the Media, sponsored by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
Musician of the Year, sponsored by the University of the Highlands and Islands

The nomination and voting processes are in two stages. This nomination stage will close on Sunday 18th October with the voting period opening online on Monday 2nd November until Sunday 15th November.

To vote simply click the button below and complete the short survey.  You do not need to complete every section, only the sections in which you'd like to cast a vote, but there are some fantastic acts, projects and events throughout Scotland so please complete as much as you can and let's help make this a terrific year for traditional music in Scotland, despite everything!

Maybe this will finally be Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival's year?  That's down to you.

Vote Now

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

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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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