Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival

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Film review of 2016 & 2017

5 Oct 17
Nathon Jones

Cree Bridge, Minnigaff and the Galloway Hills

We are delighted to present to you a fantastic film which was made this year to showcase Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival. If you've never visited the festival, we hope this will give you a taste of the activities, events and general craic' that takes place every year.

Filmed in 2016 by students from the film making workshops and work experience opportunities which were facilitated by Cree Studio, a partnership project between Dumfries and Galloway Council and Turning Point Scotland which provides personalised learning and development opportunities in music and short film production for people with learning disabilities and/or autism spectrum conditions, and in 2017 by Sean Williams and Airborne Ltd who also completed the editing and production, it's a wonderful example of the difference the festival is making in Wigtownshire.  Not only are there a host of opportunities to listen to, learn and participate in traditional music there are also a wide range of creative arts opportunities including live sound, photography and film making.

We would like to thank our funders and sponsors for giving us the means to commission this work, Cree Studio and Airborne Ltd for the fantastic filming and editing and Jarlath Henderson for permission to use "The Moutain Streams Where The Moorcocks Crow" from his superb album "Hearts Broken, Heads Turned" as the soundtrack.  A special thank you to Sean Williams from Airborne Ltd for pulling all of this together. Cheers man!


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Festival Line-up Launch

You are cordially invited to Creebridge House Hotel, Minnigaff, on Friday 16th March 2018 from 6pm to hear the confirmed line-up for this year's festival and to reflect on 5 fantastic years so far via photos, film, live music and unique special offer ticket discounts for this year's event.

14 Mar 18
Nathon Jones

Need accommodation?

We have an option, this year, to utilise Minnigaff Youth Hostel which has 26 beds available in 3 rooms - 1 four-bedded, 1 six-bedded and 2 eight-bedded - with 2 showers and 4 toilets. There's ample parking too should you have a motorhome or caravan and are looking for safe overnight parking.

9 Mar 18
Nathon Jones

Kim Carnie @TradFestival 2018

Delighted to be adding Kim Carnie and her trio featuring Euan Burton and Jack Badcock to this year's line-up. Kim, Euan and Jack will perform on Saturday 7th July 2018 at the McMillan Hall, Newton Stewart in a concert that also features ace guitarist Clive Carroll and the outstanding Old Blind Dogs.

25 Feb 18
Nathon Jones

Andy Irvine Live @TradFestival

We can hardly believe it ourselves either, but the one and only Andy Irvine himself will be performing at this year's festival in a special one-off concert in the Festival Marquee to celebrate our 5th anniversary in real style! Tickets on sale from 1st March or buy an early bird weekend pass today!

16 Feb 18
Nathon Jones

New Ticket Booking System Live!

Delighted to announce our new partnership with LIVE IT and, with it, a brand new ticket booking system for the festival. Unlike previous years you'll now receive an e-ticket immediately on purchase which you can print, or bring on a mobile device, to be redeemed for the relevant wristband/s.

14 Feb 18
Nathon Jones

5th Anniversary Year Celebrations!

2018 sees the 5th anniversary of Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival and we're pulling out all the stops to deliver another outstanding event in Wigtownshire. This year sees us host officially registered Scottish Highland Dancing competitions and, as ever, some of the biggest names in traditional music who will be performing over the 3 days. We have the bubbly on ice and can't wait to see you all again in Galloway. The tunes last year were just mighty!

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