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Kelton confirmed for Highland Dancing Competition


24 Jun 22
by Nathon Jones

Kelton with it's creator, artist Trevor Leat

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.

We're absolutely thrilled to welcome Kelton to the festival, and it will be the perfect opportunity to have an up-close look at, and photograph (selfie!), this fantastic work of art.

There'll also be inflatables, face painting, stalls, piping, snacks and desserts and ice cream so please bring the whole family; entry is free and whilst you're there, make sure you cheer on all the local dancers who will be performing throughout the day.

The park is open from 11am, and competition begins at 11:15am.

Scottish Highland Dancing Competition

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Kelton arrives safe and sound

Many thanks to J&J Currie Ltd and the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership for their support in ensuring that the fabulous 'Kelton' arrived safe and sound at Minnigaff Playing Fields for this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival...and doesn't he look wonderful?  

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Official programmes available from Friday 8th July

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Fiddle workshop with Megan Níc Fhionnghaile

Currently studying Irish Music at the Irish World Academy in the University of Limerick, Megan Níc Fhionnghaile - who is performing at the Saturday night concert - will be hosting a fiddle workshop at 10:30am on Saturday 9th July 2022 at McMillan Hall. FREE for under 25s or £12 for everyone else.  

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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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