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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.

Trad Music Trust joins Green Arts Initiative

Trad Music Trust is committed to improving its environmental efforts and to reducing its carbon footprint and, to that end, has recently joined the Green Arts Initiative. We report back to the Green Arts Initiative on the efforts we've made and look at what else we can do to improve year on year.  

22 Nov 22
Nathon Jones

Ciarán Ryan Band confirmed for @TradFestival 2023

Delighted to confirm the Ciarán Ryan Band for opening night at next year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival. Ciarán is an outstanding banjo player and we're sure you're going to love them, LIVE in the Festival Marquee next July. Weekend passes are on sale now.  

10 Nov 22
Nathon Jones

Newton Stewart & Minnigaff festival nominated for national award

Voting is now open for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, and Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival has only gone and been nominated for Event of the Year (sponsored by VisitScotland)! Wow! Vote now and show your support for one of the best trad festivals in Scotland.  

7 Nov 22
Nathon Jones

Don't miss Autumn Trad this weekend!

Over 21st-23rd October, the very best in young traditional music talent - Eryn Rae, Michael Biggins, Lewis McLaughlin and Binky Blue - all take to the stage for the 2nd annual Autumn Trad festival at The Vault Arts Centre, Newton Stewart. There'll also be fantastic tune sessions all weekend.  

19 Oct 22
Nathon Jones

Event of the Year nomination?

Did you enjoy this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival over 8th-10th July 2022? If so, then please take a moment to nominate the event for an award at this year's MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. Nominations close on 16th October, so please get voting!  

11 Oct 22
Nathon Jones

Lewis McLaughlin confirmed for Autumn Trad!

We are very excited to present Edinburgh-born singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Lewis McLaughlin who is confirmed for this year's Autumn Trad Festival on 21st-23rd October. Lewis will be performing live on Saturday 22nd October at The Vault Arts Centre, Newton Stewart. Tickets on sale now!  

6 Oct 22
Nathon Jones

Announcement - Ryan Young Postponement

Due to personal circumstances beyond his control, Ryan has had to postpone his performance at Autumn Trad festival this coming 21st-23rd October. If you know Ryan, you'll know how disappointed he'll be about this, but he's promised to reschedule. Meanwhile, we'll announce a replacement very soon.  

3 Oct 22
Nathon Jones

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

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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