6 Feb 18
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.
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.”
“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.”
Delighted to confirm that Little Penguin Paints will be joining us at Minnigaff Playing Fields next year for the second Scottish Highland Dancing competition event on Saturday 13th July 2019 from 10am.
12 Aug 18
We've just uploaded some of the best pictures from this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival to the official festival Facebook page. Huge thanks to everyone who came and to David Moses Photographer for such outstanding photographs throughout the weekend.
26 Jul 18
Weekend passes for the 6th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival are on sale NOW and if you enter discount code SUPEREARLYBIRD19 at checkout you'll save 20% on the standard weekend pass price until January 2019!
24 Jul 18
Just a wee note to say that our Festival Director Nathon Jones will be performing with the fabulous Rhona Jones this weekend at the Waterfront Hotel & Bistro, Portpatrick, between 6:30pm-8:30pm on Saturday 28th July.
28 Jun 18
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
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.