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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.

Folk Night Session Tonight

Our monthly folk night continues with players from all across Wigtownshire coming in for drink and a tune!  

21 Jul 23
Charlie McAdam

Don't miss Fresh Ayr Folk Fest this August!

Fresh Ayr is Scotland's newest festival, taking place at Ayr's Rozelle Park between 11th-13th August 2023, with an amazing lineup of incredible live entertainment, family-friendly activities, fantastic food and drinks and top-of-the-range camping facilities.  

21 Jul 23
Nathon Jones

TradFestival Programme 2023

After months of planning, preparation and incredible work from the volunteer Board of Trustees of Trad Music Trust, the staff and team at The Vault Arts Centre and our wonderful local volunteers, this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival gets underway this weekend!  

7 Jul 23
Nathon Jones

Crafty Distillery supporting this years Traditional Music & Dance Festival

The Trad Music Trust team and everyone involved with this years festival are hugely grateful to Crafty Distillery for their support. Founded in 2017 by Graham Taylor, Crafty Distillery has earned a reputation for delivering big on quality & taste.  

5 Jul 23
Charlie McAdam

Stables Guest House supporting this years Newton Stewart & Minnigaff TradFestival

Trad Music Trust and everyone involved with this years Newton Stewart & Minnigaff TradFestival are incredibly thankful to Dane and Fay Carty of Stables Guest House for their support. Stables Guest House is set in its own grounds and is an excellent place to base your stay in South West Scotland.  

5 Jul 23
Charlie McAdam

HEISK performing at this year's TradFestival!

We are delighted to welcome HEISK to this year's Traditional Music & Dance Festival! HEISK are a powerful force on the folk scene. Their relentlessly energetic music stems from their roots in Scottish traditional music and combines it with punchy riffs and grooves.  

4 Jul 23
Charlie McAdam

Flook performing at this year's TradFestival!

We are excited to welcome Flook to this year's Traditional Music & Dance festival! They offer precise acoustic grooves with a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination.  

30 Jun 23
Charlie McAdam

Five Kingdoms supporting this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival

Everyone involved with this years Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival are delighted to have Five Kingdoms Brewery as a sponsor! Since 2015, Five Kingdoms have been producing delicious craft beers and ales fuelled by quality, local ingredients and a real passion for beer.  

29 Jun 23
Charlie McAdam

Ciarán Ryan Band performing at this year's TradFestival!

We are delighted to welcome the Ciarán Ryan Band to this years Tradfest! Already a veteran performer having toured the worlds stages for a decade Ciaran Ryan is quietly becoming recognised as one of the foremost tenor banjo players the UK has ever produced.  

27 Jun 23
Charlie McAdam

WEST supporting this years Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival

Trad Music Trust and everyone involved with this years Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival are hugely grateful to WEST for their support. Established in 2006 West has received lots of awards for both the beer it produces and the service it delivers.  

22 Jun 23
Charlie McAdam

Inverarity Morton supporting Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival

We are delighted to announce another commercial sponsor for this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival. Founded in 1945, Inverarity Morton are Scotland's leading independent wines and spirits merchant and are the main suppliers for The Vault Arts Centre.  

16 Jun 23
Nathon Jones

Moniaive Folk Festival this weekend!

Taking place over 5th-7th May 2023, the 20th Moniaive Folk Festival includes performances from Ape House, Junkman's Choir, Mat Cook, Pete Garnett, Big Red and the Broken Spectre, Lauren Collier, Brogeal, The Roving Pedlars, Shambles Band & Errant Thieves, Mairi Sutherland, Jen Mac and many more!  

4 May 23
Nathon Jones

Trad Music Trust

The 10th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival takes place over the 12th-14th July 2024. It's an incredible achievement. The charity has created a viable, sustainable, event that continues to grow and develop, proudly celebrating the very best in traditional Scottish, Irish and World music. Make sure you book early for what is shaping up to be the biggest event yet!

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