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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

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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