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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.

Just 2 weeks to go...

Cor, the excitement is tangible now. Just two weeks until the 4th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival and we've lots in store again this year including some nice surprises at the concert events and, as ever, award winning and award nominated musicians performing all weekend.

23 Jun 17
Nathon Jones

Merrick Group Renew Sponsorship

We would like to offer another huge thank you to Merrick Group who are supporting the event as sponsors and partners again this year. Merrick Group have supported the event for 3 years now and their support has had a direct impact on the success of the festival.

23 Jun 17
Nathon Jones

John & Rona Carson @ Star Inn

Catch popular duo John & Rona Carson at the Star Inn and a welcome return to the festival with a performance from 8:00pm at the Star Inn, Newton Stewart, on Friday 7th July.

23 Jun 17
Nathon Jones

McCrossan & Taylor @ Acoustic Cafe

McCrossan and Taylor are a Moniaive based duo performing a varied repertoire of folk and country music including a few mid 20th century traditional American songs. You can catch McCrossan and Taylor from 1:30pm at The Acoustic Cafe on Saturday 8th July.

22 Jun 17
Nathon Jones

Brownlee & Blantern @ Acoustic Cafe

Quality Americana/Folk duo from South West Scotland with variety, melody and strong harmonies in songs ranging from the well known - through to the self penned. You'll find some humour in there too! You can catch Brownlee & Blantern from 12:30pm at The Acoustic Cafe on Saturday 8th July.

22 Jun 17
Nathon Jones

Dave Low @ The Acoustic Cafe

Dave Low is a Perth based blues guitarist and singer-songwriter who has made a name for himself throughout Perth as a talented musician and a champion of the earliest days of the blues. Dave will be performing from 2:15pm on Saturday 8th July at the Acoustic Cafe.

21 Jun 17
Nathon Jones

Save with a Weekend Pass

Save £5.00 and access all of the ticketed concert events - Emily Smith, Jamie McClennan, ATLAS, Festival Family Band, Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums, Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing, Fáilte, Darcy DaSilva, Charlie Stewart, Becky Hill, Tim Edey and the Jarlath Henderson Band.

20 Jun 17
Nathon Jones

Fáilte & Darcy DaSilva at Crafty

Brilliant opportunity to enjoy live music at Newton Stewart's wonderful new gin distillery overlooking the mountain of Cairnsmore of Fleet featuring Fáilte, a 7-piece traditional band from Northern Ireland, and local singer/songwriter Darcy DaSilva from Moniaive.

16 Jun 17
Nathon Jones

New Festival Photo Gallery

Nothing says it like a photograph so we're delighted to launch our new photograph gallery which documents the festival since it's move from garden party and our commitment to increasing high-quality arts performances and opportunities in Wigtownshire to our first official event in 2014 and beyond.

15 Jun 17
Nathon Jones

Rooms available at Flowerbank

If you're looking for B&B/Guest House accommodation for the festival there are still rooms available at Flowerbank Guest House, just a minutes' walk from the Creebridge House Hotel and the Festival Marquee.

14 Jun 17
Nathon Jones

Last pitch available at Strathleys

An additional pitch has become available for the festival weekend at Strathleys House Campsite. A family run site, Strathleys House is within walking distance of the town, venues and sessions.

14 Jun 17
Nathon Jones

Pipe Band in the Gardens

A regular feature at the festival, we're delighted that Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums can join us again to open the Saturday programme of events with a unique performance from 12noon at the Monument Gardens in the centre of Newton Stewart, overlooking the River Cree and Creebridge.

9 Jun 17
Nathon Jones

Belhaven sponsor festival in 2017

A huge thank you from the festival Association again this year for the continued support from Belhaven Brewery (Greene King PLC). Belhaven have supported the festival every year and it is a huge credit to them.

3 Jun 17
Nathon Jones

Play for the Festival Tour 2017

Join the Festival Association Band at the Galloway Arms Hotel on Saturday 3rd June from 7pm for more tunes, songs, pints and the craic' as part of this year's Play for the Festival Tour.

2 Jun 17
Nathon Jones

Highland dancing workshop

Learn the basics of Scottish Highland dancing with local dance group and dance instructor Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing. Open to all ages and experience, it's free to attend and we hope, with your new moves, you'll take to the floor at one of the events and impress us all!

2 Jun 17
Nathon Jones

It's so close now!

Less than a month now until the 4th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival which, this year, is being held on the weekend of the 7th - 9th July 2017. Jarlath Henderson Band, Tim Edey, Emily Smith, Jamie McClennan, ATLAS, Fáilte, Charlie Stewart, Becky Hill...are you as excited as we are?

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