Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival

Box Office
01671 404924
07762 064 298

Sponsored by:

Belhaven Brewery Logo
Merrick Real Estate
Creebridge House Hotel
Montpelier Chartered Accountants

Hannah Rarity Live @TradFestival

6 Feb 18
Nathon Jones


Hannah Rarity

Delighted to announce that the winner of BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018, Hannah Rarity, will be performing at this year's 5th anniversary Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival.

This continues our tradition of having the winner of BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year performing every year at the festival, showcasing the absolute best in emerging young traditional music talent.

Hannah will be performing at the opening night concert on Friday 6th July 2018 at the Festival Marquee, Creebridge House Hotel, Minnigaff which also features the superb LAS and Tim Edey.

Tickets will be on sale later this month or you can buy an Early Bird Weekend Pass at the discounted price of £30.00 (over 25's) / £25.00 (Under 25's & Over 65's) until March by clicking here.

Recently featured in The Scotsman as 'One to Watch in 2018', Hannah Rarity's spellbinding voice and warm, genuine stage manner have seen her become one of Scotland's foremost young singers.

Since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she has toured internationally with the renowned Irish-American traditional group 'Cherish the Ladies', appeared as a soloist on BBC Scotland’s Hogmanay Live 2016, sold out her 2017 Edinburgh Fringe debut and featured in projects for the RSNO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC Northern Ireland TV.

Hannah's debut EP 'Beginnings', released in November 2016, marked an exciting chapter in her already remarkable career. Her thoughtful interpretations of traditional material, and sensitive, self-penned songs are skilfully backed by her band. Together they create intricate and fiery arrangements, which are as exciting as they are moving.



“Warm-toned yet delicately poised, it demonstrated Rarity’s ability to utterly inhabit a song...”
The Scotsman -'One to Watch in 2018'

“Beautifully engaging vocals, thoughtful interpretations of traditional songs and some highly promising song-writing...in the same league as the likes of Cara Dillon when it comes to softly-sung tender emotion...Hers is definitely a name to watch.”
fRoots Magazine

“Her amazing vocal talents really showed on last song, Andy M. Stewart’s “Where Are You Tonight I Wonder”. She took Stewart’s words and imbued them with a sadness that surpassed the original version – hard to believe if you weren’t there to see it.”
Oak and Thorn

“Listening to Hannah Rarity’s gently intoxicating voice is one of those simple pleasures that you’ll want to repeat, safe in the knowledge that listening to her glorious vocals can do you nothing but good.”
FolkWords.com

Hannah Rarity Official Website

Festival live on Folk and Stuff

Don't miss the festival's feature on this evening's Folk and Stuff radio show on Alive Radio 107.3fm from 9:00pm - 11:00pm which, as well as tunes and songs from the artists appearing at this year's festival, also features live performances from the festival association band.


12 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

Festival on BBC Radio Ulster

Unbelievable support from the wonderful Lynette Fay and everyone involved in the Folk Club show on BBC Radio Ulster. We were delighted to featured on this week's show which you can listen to for the next 30 days online. Delighted that Lynette also featured our favourite Kim Carnie song! Yay!


11 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

Festival trailer at the Cinema

Now showing at the best community cinema in Scotland, we'd like to say a huge thank you to Newton Stewart Cinema for running the festival promotional film as one of their trailers throughout June/July. We got a sneak peak this morning and it's brilliant seeing it on the big screen. Wow!


8 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

Shout out for stall holders

Are you an artist, crafter, gardener, trader or local produce maker? We're offering a wonderful opportunity to grab one of the 14 market stalls available to hire at this year's Scottish Highland dancing competition event at Minnigaff Park on Saturday 7th July from 10:30am - 4:30pm.


7 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

Save BIG with a Weekend Pass

Wow, it's less than a month until we welcome you all again to the concerts, workshops, tune and song sessions, highland dancing, pipes...it's a packed programme again and rightly so for it's our 5th anniversary! Grab a weekend pass and save up to £30.50 per person this year.


7 Jun 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!

Subscribe to Newsletter

* indicates required