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Last few tickets for Emily Smith

6 Dec 17
Nathon Jones


Emily Smith's 'Songs For Christmas'

We're down to the last few tickets for Emily Smith's 'Songs For Christmas' at Crafty Distillery, Newton Stewart, on Friday 22nd December so please make sure you book today to avoid disappointment. Please note that there will be no tickets available on the door if you haven't booked in advance.

Emily Smith presents her annual Christmas show ‘Songs For Christmas’.  A beautiful blend of original and traditional songs drawn from her folk background combine to inspire and celebrate the festive season.  From humble beginnings in a rural farm shop in 2012 Emily has honed a unique, family friendly Christmas night out. In 2016 she released the accompanying album from which her song ‘Find Hope’ was play listed on BBC Radio 2.   Her material has also been featured on BBC Songs of Praise Christmas special.

Sing along with traditional carols, tap your toes to upbeat instrumentals or simply close your eyes and let Emily’s evocative voice help you dwell on the joy and peace that Christmas can bring.

Emily will be joined by her band Jamie McClennan & Anna Massie (guitars, fiddles & vocals).

“Beautiful…my new favourite Christmas song”
 Clare Balding BBC Radio 2

“a Christmas album with a heart of gold”
Maverick ****

“The freshest sounding folk album in an age"
Sunday Express ****

“Stunning…virtually every number was a highlight"
(Live Review) The Scotsman ****

“One of Scotland’s most distinctive voices.  The sincerity in Emily’s singing is simply entrancing”
R2  *****

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Live music at The Bruce Hotel

On behalf of our dear friend Graham Edmonds, in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support, we are hosting a night of music at The Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart, on Friday 15th December from 7:30pm. Bring your instruments and voices and please give generously.

12 Dec 17
Nathon Jones

Young People's Choices Voting Open

Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival has been shortlisted by the Year of Young People Project Team in voting for a Young People's Choices award. Voting opened on Monday 11th December and closes on Monday 18th December at 5pm. We need your support!

12 Dec 17
Nathon Jones

Emily Smith SOLD OUT

We are now sold out for Emily Smith's 'Songs For Christmas' show at Crafty Distillery, Newton Stewart, on Friday 22nd December. Thank you to everyone who has pre-booked. Please note that there will be no tickets available on the door if you haven't already pre-booked them.

12 Dec 17
Nathon Jones

Young People's Choices Shortlist

We need YOUR vote to help us receive funding from Young People's Choices. From 11th December young people who have a young scot card will get to vote on their preferred projects who will receive their funding in early January.

8 Dec 17
Nathon Jones

D&G Guitar Maker Kenny Hilsley

I was recently lucky enough to have an extended loan of "The Bruce"; a beautiful guitar made by one of Scotland's finest guitar makers who just happens to be right here in Dumfries & Galloway - Kenny Hilsley of Hilsley Guitars.

5 Dec 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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