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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 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

Play For The Festival @ Craft Hotel

We're back on the road again this evening, Saturday 7th April, this time at Craft Hotel, Wigtown, from 8:30pm for more tunes and songs from the festival committee, family and friends to raise funds for this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival.


7 Apr 18
Nathon Jones

Play For The Festival @ Bruce Hotel

Join the festival trustees and friends for an afternoon of music on Sunday 1st April 2018 from 2:30pm at the Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart, and please bring your instruments and voices! There'll also be promotional discount codes available for tickets for this year's festival so don't miss it!


29 Mar 18
Nathon Jones

General tickets on sale now!

Delighted to announce that general tickets are now on sale for each of the individual concert events featuring Andy Irvine, Old Blind Dogs, Tim Edey, LAS, Hannah Rarity, Clive Carroll, Kim Carnie, Aaron & Nathon Jones. You'll save up to £12.50 per person if you buy a weekend pass though!


23 Mar 18
Nathon Jones

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

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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