Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival

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...until Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival 2017!

Saturday 9th July 2015 Concert
Doors from 7:30pm

  • Buille
  • + Jim Malcolm
  • + Fay Norris & David Ward (Dragonfly)
  • + Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing

Venue: McMillan Hall, Newton Stewart

Price Type Buy Online
£15.00 Full Buy
£12.00 Concession * Buy

* Concessions apply to over 65's & under 16's. Proof of concession may be requested at the venue. Under 16's must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Entry to this concert is included with the Weekend Pass which offers discounted entry to all of our paid concert events.

Buille

Máirtín O'Connor BandFormed in Cork in 2005, Buille have blazed a trail through traditional and contemporary music, releasing two critically lauded genre-defying albums and performing hundreds of concerts all over the world.

Although the line-up has evolved over the years, the freshness and originality of the music has remained constant. Buille, which is the Irish for beat or strike, only partly describes the impact of the Buille sound which was described by the Irish Times as “as fresh a breath that's blown through traditional (and roots) circles in a long, long time.”

The music, which is all newly composed, draws its influences from jazz, blues, Eastern Europe, contemporary classical music, and of course their own deep roots in the Irish tradition.

Their debut album, simply titled 'Buille' and released in 2005, was produced by Donald Shaw and released on his Vertical Records label. It quickly catapulted the group into the public consciousness and appearances at major festivals all over the world and extensive radio and TV coverage followed. The 'sequel', which had the even more imaginative title of 'Buille 2', was released in 2009 and cemented their position as one of the most unique and exciting bands on the touring folk circuit. The Irish Times described it as a “spine-tingling collection that bursts with originality” and The Journal of Music said “Quite simply this album represents the best of what contemporary traditional music is”.

Over the course of 2011 and 2012 the band organised a series of experimental concerts in Cork entitled 'Junctions – New Musical Encounters', where they invited a collection of their musical heroes to perform with them. The diverse line-ups included such luminaries as Béla Fleck, Martin Hayes, Michael McGoldrick, Mick Flannery, Karan Casey, Dónal Lunny and many others. In 2013 the group were the subject of an in-depth documentary on TG4 entitled Ar Thóir an Cheoil and also featured on the debut series of both Fleadh Live and Bosca Ceoil.

For this very unique performance brothers Niall & Caoimhín Vallely will be joined by Sean Óg Graham (guitar) and Martin O’Neill (bodhran). We are in for an absolute treat!

Have a listen! Official Website

Jim Malcolm

Jim MalcolmJim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as "one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style".

Though he now works solo, Jim was lead singer with the world-renowned and multi-award-winning Old Blind Dogs for eight years, a fantastic experience with some of Scotland’s finest musicians, taking him to the most prestigious festivals in North America and around Europe.

With family roots in Perthshire and Strathclyde, Jim has been a professional musician since graduating from Edinburgh University. His first arena was the folk music scene in Scotland, where he gigged in almost every town and isle from Berwick to Benbecula and from Stranraer to Lerwick. Working solo or in various bands and combos in far flung pubs, hotels and clubs toughened him up or a future life on the road.

Have a listen!  Official Website

Dragonfly

Fay Norris

Dragonfly are a duo whose music is based around the voice of Fay Norris and guitar of David Ward. Fay's singing began as a child in the Scottish tradition, and has since expanded to cover country, RnB and contemporary music. The common thread that weaves through these various styles is a commitment to the song, bringing a warmth and genuine emotion through the lyric and melody. David began playing music professionally at the age of 16 when still at school in Nottingham, and has spent a lifetime around music. He has been keyboard player and guitarist playing folk, country dance, pop, both small ensemble and big band jazz, and of course accompanying Fay in Dragonfly.

This performance will feature a selection of traditional Scottish folk songs learned at her mother's knee as Fay returns to pay tribute to Newton Stewart, the town in which she grew up.

Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing

Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing

Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing consists of mainly school age children who want to learn and have a passion for dance! We have a class in Creetown every week; pupils come from Creetown, Carsluith, Kirkcudbright, Newton Stewart and Wigtown. We participate in national certified exams, competitions at all levels and displays at different events throughout the year. Pupils learn traditional Scottish Highland dancing as well as choreographed modern dances!


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Hilsley Guitars

Wonderful hand-made guitars from Dumfries & Galloway.

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Fiddle Workshop - Saturday 9th July 2016 @ 1:00pm

Claire Mann

Fiddle workshop from superb local fiddle player.

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Family Friendly Tune Sessions

Bring your instruments and voices and join in!

Family Friendly Tune Sessions
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Superb hand-made instruments from Dumfries & Galloway.

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