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D&G Guitar Maker Kenny Hilsley

5 Dec 17
Nathon Jones


The Bruce

I was recently lucky enough to have an extended loan of "The Bruce"; a beautiful guitar made by one of Scotland's finest guitar makers who just happens to be right here in Dumfries & Galloway - Kenny Hilsley of Hilsley Guitars.

I met Kenny some time ago at Kirkmichael International Guitar Festival just north of Girvan, a fantastic guitar festival run by the world famous guitar player Martin Taylor.  That festival is, sadly, no more but just over a year ago it was recommended to me that I should visit a local guitar maker, based just outside Dumfries, and lo and behold it was only Kenny who I hadn't realised actually made guitars.

A visit to his studio later, and the chance to sample the superb range of guitars Kenny makes, and it's safe to say that pennies are being put aside to eventually grab myself one of these fantastic instruments.

It's wonderful to have a first class instrument maker in our region and I couldn't recommend Kenny highly enough.  Add to that the knowledge that you're playing an instrument born and bred in Dumfries & Galloway and you have a winning combination all round.

Huge thanks to Kenny for the extended trial of the guitar and the opportunity to really get a proper feel for the instrument.  That in itself is an indication of the level of care and support Kenny offers potential customers.

If you haven't come across Hilsley Guitars before please take a moment to visit their official website using the link below.

Hilsley Guitars

New Stall - Jamani Blankets

Another stall holder to announce for the Scottish Highland Dancing Competition at Minnigaff Park on Saturday 7th July 2018; Jamani Blankets will be joining the stalls available all day at the park along with the dancers, pipes, children's entertainment, catering and more.


28 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

Newcastleton Festival Weekend :)

The 49th Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival takes place this weekend over the 29th, 30th June and 1st July and it's a packed programme of dancing, workshops, competitions, tune and song sessions all weekend in the beautiful Scottish Borders. Don't miss it!


27 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

Photography Course with David Moses

Learn to use your camera properly with expert tuition and advice from professional photographer David Moses. Thursday evenings from 28th June 2018, 6pm-8pm, in Newton Stewart. Free for under 25's, or £40.00 for over 25's.


26 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

New Stall - Little Dot Creations

Another stall holder to announce for the Scottish Highland Dancing Competition at Minnigaff Park on Saturday 7th July 2018; Little Dot Creations will be joining the stalls available all day at the park along with the dancers, pipes, children's entertainment, catering and more.


26 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

New Stall Galloway Sweets & Treats

Delighted to announce another stall holder at the Scottish Highland dancing event at Minnigaff Park on Saturday 7th July 2018 - Galloway Sweets & Treats will be joining traders available all day at the park along with the dancers, pipes, children's entertainment, catering and more!


26 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

6th annual music festival

The 6th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will take place over 12th-14th July 2019 and, after another outstanding programme of events in 2018 which saw us hosting Scottish Highland Dancing competitions and, as ever, some of the biggest names in traditional music, it looks set to be another packed programme and is really living up to it's reputation as one of the best rural arts festivals in Dumfries & Galloway.

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