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Latest Festival News


All the latest festival news as well as news and updates from the traditional music scene in Dumfries & Galloway including concerts, workshops, artist updates, new music releases, music reviews and more. We'll also be featuring news and views from some of our favourite traditional music artists and traditional music news from around the world.

Autumn Trad 2022

The 2nd annual Autumn Trad festival takes place this coming 21st-23rd October at The Vault Arts Centre, Newton Stewart, and features the absolute best in young traditional music with not one but two BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year winners! Tickets on sale now!  

28 Sep 22
Nathon Jones

Wigtown Book Festival

Wonderful to see Wigtown Book Festival back. Running from 23rd September - 2nd October, this is one of Scotland's best cultural events featuring bestselling authors, writers and thinkers, bookshops, antiques, stargazing, outdoor cinema, dancing and whisky tasting!  

28 Sep 22
Nathon Jones

Don't miss Stranraer Oyster Festival this weekend!

After a significant break, it is fantastic to see Stranraer Oyster Festival back. From 2nd-4th September, Stranraer Development Trust are bringing top chefs, inspiring speakers, amazing entertainers and leading oyster experts together for a fabulous seafood celebration on the shores of Loch Ryan.  

1 Sep 22
Nathon Jones

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?  

7 Jul 22
Nathon Jones

Official programmes available from Friday 8th July

Hot off the press, the official programme for this year's festival will be available from The Vault Arts Centre from 1pm tomorrow and at the evening concert events in the new Festival Marquee.  

7 Jul 22
Nathon Jones

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.  

7 Jul 22
Nathon Jones

Festival workshops announced

It wouldn't be festival Saturday without the workshops which, as always, are completely FREE for under 25s and just £12 per person, per workshop, for everyone else. Learn flute/whistle with Sarah Markey, tenor banjo with Marty Barry and bodhrán with Michael Drain.  

28 Jun 22
Nathon Jones

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

New Website Launched

It has taken a significant amount of work but we're finally LIVE! All the festival information you need; who's performing, how to book tickets, session information, where to stay, eating out and lots more.  

8 Jun 22
Nathon Jones

Funding joy for Highland dancers!

Trad Music Trust, in partnership with the Paula Herries School of Dance, have been awarded a National Lottery award from The National Lottery Community Fund to purchase staging for the Highland dancers and Highland dancing competition at Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival!  

26 Aug 21
Billie Jones

Trad Music Trust

The 9th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival takes place over the 7th-9th July 2023 and, after an incredible year in 2022, will continue the festival's tradition of bringing the absolute best in traditional Scottish, Irish and World music and dance to perform in Galloway. Stay tuned throughout the year for programme announcements, or grab an Early Bird Weekend Pass - on sale now - and secure your seats now for 2023!

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