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Kim Carnie @TradFestival 2018

25 Feb 18
Nathon Jones


Kim Carnie

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.

The voice of THQ Nordic’s ‘Black Mirror’ trailer and with soundtrack and on-screen appearances in Netflix’s ‘Outlaw King’, it is unsurprising that Kim Carnie, with her ‘velvet-voiced authority’ (the Scotsman) has been marked as one to watch. 2017 saw the release of Kim’s debut EP ‘In Her Company – Na Cuideachd’ featuring some of Scotland’s finest musicians: guitarist Innes White; fiddler Megan Henderson; double bassist Euan Burton; pianist John Lowrie as well as singers Mischa MacPherson and Siobhan Miller. Carnie’s 2018 has been equally as sweet including a performance at the Hydro to an audience of 8500 as well as performing with the BBC SSO in a night celebrating the ‘crème de la crème of contemporary Gaelic singers’ and Gaelic song (Celtic Connections). At home on stage, and in front of a camera, Kim is currently a children’s TV Presenter on BBC Scotland’s Dè a-Nis?.

​Kim will be joined on stage by Euan Burton, an award-winning Composer, Bassist, Producer and one of the leading musicians to emerge from Scotland in the last decade. Signed to Whirlwind Recordings, he has released two internationally acclaimed albums with them: “Occurrences” (2012) and “Too Much Love” (2014). Performing constantly with the UK’s foremost musicians he’s played and recorded with an endless list of acclaimed musicians such as Julian Arguelles, Martin Kershaw, Kit Downes, Tom Gibbs, Eddi Reader, Kris Drever and Siobhan Miller.

Dublin-born Jack Badcock is a singer and guitarist who is most known for his work in Dallahan; winners of the 'Instrumental Cut of The Year' at the LiveIreland Awards 2016; Scots Trad Music Award nominees in 2015 for 'Folk Band of The Year' and shortlisted for ‘Album of the Year’ in both 2015 and 2016. Dallahan’s music was described by fRoots magazine as “the most exciting Irish music I've heard in a long time...Lunasa for the new generation”.  Badcock also plays in Larsa, Gallo Rojo and duo 'Jack Badcock and Ciaran Ryan'.

Kim Carnie Official Website

What's on at the park in 2019?

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
Nathon Jones

Festival Gallery 2018 on Facebook

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
Nathon Jones

Weekend Passes 2019 - On Sale Now!

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
Nathon Jones

Rhona & Nathon Jones @ Waterfront

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
Billie Jones

Newcastleton Festival Weekend :)

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
Nathon Jones

6th annual music festival

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.

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