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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 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.”

Hannah Rarity Official Website

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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