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What's On Guide


As well as the four festivals the charity now hosts every year, it also manages and runs a year-round programme of events at its dedicated live music and performing arts venue, The Vault Arts Centre, which is a social enterprise project that supports the work of charity.

25
Jun

The Vault Arts Centre
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Stacey Joy + Nathon Jones

Award-winning songwriter and performer, Stacey Joy, from the foothills of Northern California. Her musical style - a mix of blues, jazz, country, folk and Americana - has inspired comparisons to Norah Jones, Nina Simone, Carla Bruni, Natalia Lafourcade and Damien Rice. Support from Nathon Jones.

Doors: 7:00pm
Tickets: £6.00

26
Jun

The Vault Arts Centre
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Lino Printing Workshop - AccessibleArt

Come and learn the basics of Lino printing and be inspired by William Morris's tile design. Limited spaces, book yours now for £25!

Doors: 11:00am
Tickets: £25.00

28
Jun

The Vault Arts Centre
Newton Stewart, Scotland

TVYP Guitar Lessons

FREE guitar lessons for TVYP members (free to join and open to anyone aged 12-25 living in Dumfries & Galloway) with local guitarist Nathon Jones. All abilities welcome.

Doors: 3:30pm
FREE EVENT

29
Jun

The Vault Arts Centre
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Newton Tootin' Parent & Toddler Singing Group

Join Newton Tootin' at The Vault Arts Centre on Wednesday mornings, 10am-11am, for a weekly singalong, music and socialising with other parents and young children. Free to attend.

Doors: 10:00am
FREE EVENT

30
Jun

The Vault Arts Centre
Newton Stewart, Scotland

TVYP - Warhammer Games Night

Join like-minded young people for the fortnightly Warhammer and games night at The Vault Arts Centre, open to anyone aged 12-25.

Doors: 6:00pm
FREE EVENT

2
Jul

The Vault Arts Centre
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Dolarhyde + Torrs

Dolarhyde are a hard rocking band from Edinburgh who formed in the summer of 2019. Their influences are Alice in Chains, Metallica , Tool, Korn, Black Stone Cherry, Iron Maiden, Anthrax, System of a Down and the Deftones.

Doors: 7:00pm
Tickets: £7.00

8
Jul

The Crown Hotel
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Tune & Song Session

Musicians and festival goers welcome at The Crown Hotel. From 1pm-5pm.

Doors: 12:00pm
FREE EVENT

8
Jul

The Vault Arts Centre
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Tune & Song Session

Musicians and festival goers welcome. Festival Marquee (1pm-4pm), Courtyard (1pm-6pm), The Vault Arts Centre (1pm-1am).

Doors: 1:00pm
FREE EVENT

8
Jul

The Bruce Hotel
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Tune & Song Session

Musicians and festival goers welcome at The Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart. Open 2pm-Midnight.

Doors: 2:00pm
FREE EVENT

8
Jul

Festival Marquee
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Damien O'Kane & Ron Block Band with Michael McGoldrick + The Sarah Markey Band

It doesn't get much better an opening night concert than Coleraine's very own Damien O'Kane and 14 time Grammy Award winner, Ron Block for an outstanding night of banjo with support from The Sarah Markey Band.

Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: £17.00 / £15.00 (Concession)

9
Jul

Minnigaff Playing Field
Minnigaff, Scotland

Scottish Highland Dancing Competition 2022

Join traditional Scottish Highland dancers at Minnigaff Playing Fields on Saturday 9th July 2022 for a fantastic day of competition featuring dancers from all over Scotland, the UK and Ireland and International competitors. There'll also be market stalls, bouncy castles, children's entertainment, BBQ and the festival bar available throughout the day for a brilliant day out for all the family.

Doors: 10:00am
FREE EVENT

9
Jul

Festival Marquee
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Solo Piping Competition 2022

After the success of the piping competition in 2019, we're back with another solo piping competition at this year's festival featuring the best in up-and-coming young piping talent from Dumfries & Galloway, and beyond.

Doors: 10:30am
FREE EVENT

9
Jul

The Crown Hotel
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Tune & Song Session

Musicians and festival goers welcome at The Crown Hotel. From 1pm-5pm.

Doors: 12:00pm
FREE EVENT

9
Jul

The McMillan Hall
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Tenor Banjo Workshop with Marty Barry

Marty Barry is an accomplished Irish traditional musician and singer from Banbridge, Co.Down. Taking the intermediate workshop, Marty will cover all things tenor banjo from traditional repertoire to technique and chords, and will reference some of his favourite tunes/composers.

Doors: 12:00pm
Tickets: £12.00

9
Jul

The Vault Arts Centre
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Flute/Whistle Workshop with Sarah Markey

Come and join Sarah for a taster session in Irish flute/whistle. In her class you'll cover the basics including breath technique, finger placement, embouchure as well as tone and phrasing.

Doors: 12:00pm
Tickets: £12.00

9
Jul

The Vault Arts Centre
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Tune & Song Session

Musicians and festival goers welcome. Festival Marquee (1pm-4pm), Courtyard (1pm-6pm), The Vault Arts Centre (1pm-1am).

Doors: 1:00pm
FREE EVENT

9
Jul

The Bruce Hotel
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Tune & Song Session

Musicians and festival goers welcome at The Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart. Open 2pm-Midnight.

Doors: 2:00pm
FREE EVENT

9
Jul

Festival Marquee
Newton Stewart, Scotland

John McSherry & Francis McIlduff + Malin Makes Music + Megan Níc Fhionnghaile

Truly a feast of piping with three of Scotland and Ireland's finest pipers - John McSherry (Ireland), Francis McIlDuff (Ireland ) and Malin Lewis (Scotland). A fantastic line-up for the second night of this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival.

Doors: 6:00pm
Tickets: £17.00 / £15.00 (Concession)

10
Jul

The Vault Arts Centre
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Tune & Song Session

Musicians and festival goers welcome. Festival Marquee (1pm-4pm), Courtyard (1pm-6pm), The Vault Arts Centre (1pm-1am).

Doors: 1:00pm
FREE EVENT

10
Jul

The Bruce Hotel
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Tune & Song Session

Musicians and festival goers welcome at The Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart. Open 2pm-11pm.

Doors: 2:00pm
FREE EVENT

10
Jul

Festival Marquee
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Blue Rose Code (trio) + Mairi McGillivray + Heather Cartwright

Closing night of the 8th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival, and what a finale concert with the brilliant songwriting and delivery of Blue Rose Code, sublime Gaelic singing from Mairi McGillivray and outstanding guitar mastery from Heather Cartwright!

Doors: 6:30pm
Tickets: £17.00 / £15.00 (Concession)

23
Jul

The Vault Arts Centre
Newton Stewart, Scotland

PRIDE 2022

It's BACK! Bigger and bolder than ever, with live entertainment, stalls and more. Full details to follow.

Doors: 12:00pm
FREE EVENT

29
Jul

The Vault Arts Centre
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Open Mic Night

The very best in local and visiting musicians and performers...you! Sign up to perform, or just come along and enjoy a range of entertainment which has, in the past, included music, poetry and comedy. Licensed bar.

Doors: 7:00pm
Tickets: £5.00 / £3.00 (Concession)

12
Aug

The Vault Arts Centre
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Frankly, The Smiths

One of the country's best The Smiths tribute acts, Frankly, The Smiths hail from Glasgow and have toured throughout the UK, entertaining Smiths' fans, young and old. Advance booking recommended.

Doors: 7:00pm
Tickets: £8.00

20
Aug

The Vault Arts Centre
Newton Stewart, Scotland

The Cherry Pinks +Support

Formed in 2019, Dumfries band The Cherry Pinks play an eclectic mixture influenced by reggae, the 70s rock, 80s, folk, and blues. Their sound is best described as unique and open to interpretation, blended sounds not defined by one style.

Doors: 7:00pm
Tickets: £6.00

27
Aug

The Vault Arts Centre
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Candy Opera + John McGlone

Hot on the heels of their first album in 35 years and a recent tour with Glasgow's Hipsway, Liverpool legends Candy Opera will perform at The Vault Arts Centre for what promises to be an absolutely outstanding gig, with support on the night from the incredible John McGlone. What a lineup!

Doors: 7:00pm
Tickets: £7.00

16
Sep

The Vault Arts Centre
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Blues Weekend - The Andy Taylor Group + Wave Blues Band

The Andy Taylor Group are an electrifying trio hailing from the Orkney Islands. Critically acclaimed as one of the most exciting up and coming young blues talents in the UK, the trio have been captivating audiences the length and breadth of the UK. Support from Waves Blues Band.

Doors: 7:00pm
Tickets: £10.00 / £8.00 (Concession)

17
Sep

The Vault Arts Centre
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Blues Weekend - Redfish Blues Band + Easy Does It

Redfish are a blistering UK based blues band, headed by the talented and highly-acclaimed singer and guitarist Christian Sharpe. Support is from local band Easy Does It, featuring Easy Bob Reid on harmonica.

Doors: 7:00pm
Tickets: £10.00 / £8.00 (Concession)

11
Nov

The Vault Arts Centre
Newton Stewart, Scotland

Janice Burns & Jon Doran + Support(tbc)

Janice Burns & Jon Doran are an Anglo-Scottish duo who came together after discovering a shared love of traditional music. They find their songs in archives that span the depths of our history – songs that tell vivid stories about the nature of life and our place in the world.

Doors: 7:00pm
Tickets: £6.00

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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