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Festival Update 2021


16 Jun 21
by Nathon Jones

A tune session in full flow at the festival in 2019

With lockdown easing paused for a further 3 weeks, which runs into this year's dates, Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will, instead, focus on what has made the event so popular; the fantastic tune and song sessions which take place at venues throughout the towns.

We'll be announcing exactly which venues will be hosting sessions over 9th-11th July very soon, which includes the charity's wonderful new venue, The Vault Arts Centre, which is right in the centre of town and which will have a fully licensed bar for the entire weekend.

This is the second year running that Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival has had to, effectively, cancel it's main event after a devastating 16 months, so we're absolutely heartbroken, again, that this hugely popular, community run, event can't go ahead as it would have liked this year, however we do have backup plans for September so please keep an eye out for news updates there too!

We really appreciate all the messages of support we've received and we'd be delighted to see you this coming July anyway sure, for tunes and songs together.  We hope you'll still join us and, as well as all the fantastic music you'll also get a chance to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Dumfries & Galloway.

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Kelton confirmed for Highland Dancing Competition

Trevor Leat's incredible wicker sculpture of a Belted Galloway will be appearing at Minnigaff Playing Fields on Saturday 9th July 2022 to accompany, and oversee, the Scottish Highland Dancing competition which kicks off from 11:15am.  

24 Jun 22
Nathon Jones

A feast of Highland dancing this July 9th

Registered with the Royal Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing, reference BJ4, applications are now open in Primary, Beginners & Novice, Intermediate & Premier sections for this year's Scottish Highland Dancing Competition which looks set to be another fantastic event this year.  

23 Jun 22
Nathon Jones

Shout out to local accommodation providers

As this year's festival draws ever closer, we've seen a big increase in accommodation enquiries at the festival office. If you're a local accommodation provider and you're not currently listed on the festival accommodation page, please get in touch and we'll be happy to add your details.  

16 Jun 22
Nathon Jones

Trad Music Trust

The 8th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will take place over the 8th-10th July 2022 and it's a HUGE comeback event featuring, as ever, the very best in traditional music & dance. The Sarah Markey Band, Damien O'Kane & Ron Block Band with Michael McGoldrick, Megan Nic Fhionnghaile, Malin Makes Music, John McSherry & Francis McIlduff, Heather Cartwright, Mairi McGillivray and Blue Rose Code (trio)!! It's going to be another incredible weekend.

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