Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival

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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.

Unbelievable weekend!

What an absolutely fantastic weekend. 6 concerts, 7 workshops, sessions all over the place all weekend, beautiful sunshine, fabulous musicians...there's so much to report back on, and we will do in due course, but some rest and relaxation is definitely needed for a few days.

10 Jul 17
Nathon Jones

Ross & Ali to perform on Saturday!

Absolutely chuffed to bits, and relieved as you like!, to have secured the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners for Best Duo 2017, Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton, who will perform at the finale concert tonight at the McMillan Hall. What a treat!

8 Jul 17
Nathon Jones

Programme Update - Tim Edey

Due to circumstances entirely beyond his control, we are sad to announce that Tim Edey is unable to be here today for the workshop or concert. We wish Tim's wife Isobel, and baby who is on the way, well and we will announce a rescheduled performance by Tim in due course.

8 Jul 17
Nathon Jones

Late availability Creebridge Hotel

If you're looking for accommodation for this weekend, there are still rooms available at Creebridge House Hotel on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th July.

7 Jul 17
Nathon Jones

Looking for sessions?

If you're looking for sessions, keep an eye out for the "Musicians Welcome" signs. You've no more than half a mile to walk though, which covers 9 different pubs, bars, hotels and the Festival Marquee! Join in where you like or get your own session under way in the bar of your choice.

7 Jul 17
Nathon Jones

Win a Tour, Taste & Mix at Crafty

Those very clever people at Crafty Scottish Distillers Ltd are offering a free Tour, Taste and Mix to one lucky ticket holder who attends the Failte & Darcy DaSilva Concert at Crafty Distillery on Saturday 8th July from 3pm, part of this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival.

7 Jul 17
Nathon Jones

Ticket Update - Reserve & Collect

You can still purchase tickets online for this year's festival however as we are only 3 days away we will be holding tickets for collection at events, or at the festival office, as opposed to posting them out. You can also pay/reserve by phone on 01671 404924 or reserve/pay/collect on the door.

4 Jul 17
Nathon Jones

Festival on BBC Radio Ulster!

Brilliant mention for this year's festival on last night's Folk Show with Lynette Fay on BBC Radio Ulster. Huge thanks to Lynette, and the BBC, for their support. For everyone travelling over from Ireland, we look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful part of Scotland this weekend.

3 Jul 17
Nathon Jones

Film making with Airborne Ltd

Aimed at teaching you how to create an engaging piece of film without having expensive cameras and gear, this is the perfect workshop for anyone with an interest in film making and a great opportunity to learn from a professional film maker. From 2:00pm on Saturday 8th July. Free for under 25's.

1 Jul 17
Nathon Jones

Modern Traditions with Konchis

Producer, MC & DJ, Konchis, will show you how to record, sample and control using a cutting-edge groove production system and how to use software and hardware to either build on the track in the box or chop the audio to make something new out of it. All with a trad vibe!

29 Jun 17
Nathon Jones

Festival Programme 2017

Hot off the press, and coming soon to a coffee table near you, the official programme for this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival is now available at all good leaflet stands. You can also download it as a PDF, direct from this very website...

29 Jun 17
Nathon Jones

Festival on VisitScotland

The very nice people at VisitScotland have featured Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival on Scotland's National Tourist Board website and in their June eZine which highlighted "50 ideas for your summer holiday". We can't think of a better way to get your summer holidays started!

26 Jun 17
Nathon Jones

Easy Bob Reid @ Acoustic Cafe

Blues & jazz standards from the fantastic talent that is Easy Bob Reid on harmonica & vocals at the Acoustic Cafe from 12:00noon on Saturday 8th July.

26 Jun 17
Nathon Jones

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

Fantastic events in 2017

6 concerts, 7 workshops, sessions all over the place all weekend, beautiful sunshine, fabulous musicians...2017 was our best year yet with lots of new faces and, pleasingly, musicians as well as our regular visitors who we love to see back every year. We already have some announcements for 2018 which we'll be making in due course plus there'll be lots of new additions to the website over the coming months so please stay tuned for all the latest.

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