Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival

Supported by:

The Galloway Association of Glasgow LogoThe Holywood Trust

Sponsored by:

Belhaven Breweries LogoMerrick Group LogoCreebridge House HotelStena Line

 

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

Tune & Song Sessions

We'd encourage you to explore Minnigaff and Newton Stewart as everything is within a short walking distance.  Last year there were tune sessions in almost every establishment even through to Sunday night (you know who you are!).

The following, though, is a guide to the organised tune and song sessions we have this year; where, what time and who's involved.  The sessions are family friendly and we encourage anyone with an instrument and/or voice to come along and join in.  You'll be made most welcome.

Friday 8th July 2016
Tune & Song Sessions

John & Rona Carson at the Star Inn
  • Star Inn, Newton Stewart
  • 7:30pm - Midnight
  • Tunes & Songs: John & Rona Carson will be leading a session of tune and songs from 7:30pm but musicians are welcome all day at the Star Inn.
  • Telephone: 01671 402324

Venue:  Star Inn, Newton Stewart


Failte Band
  • Blackhorse Hotel, Newton Stewart
  • 9:00pm - Late
  • Tunes & Songs: Join Failte Band, from Ireland, at the Blackhorse Hotel for an evening of tunes and songs. A fine group of players, Failte Band are regulars at both Girvan and Portpatrick Folk Festivals so you're in for a great night of music.

Venue:  Blackhorse Hotel, Newton Stewart


  • Cree Inn, Minnigaff
  • 9:00pm - 1:00am
  • Tunes & Songs: The Cree Inn hosted our Friday night concert in 2014 which was followed by a mighty session featuring players from as far afield as Belfast and Liverpool. If you aren't making the Friday evening concert then please do try the Cree Inn.

Venue:  Cree Inn, Minnigaff


Festival Marquee, Creebridge House Hotel, Minnigaff
  • Creebridge House Hotel, Minnigaff
  • Musicians welcome all day!
  • Tunes & Songs: There were still tunes happening at Creebridge House Hotel at midnight on the Sunday last year so you're bound to catch a tune here over the weekend. It is also the venue for the Festival Late Club which is open from 10pm-1am on the Friday and Saturday nights.

Venue:  Creebridge House Hotel, Minnigaff


Mighty tunes all weekend in Crown Hotel, Newton Stewart
  • The Crown Hotel, Newton Stewart
  • Musicians welcome all day!
  • Tunes & Songs: Musicians are welcome all weekend at the Crown Hotel.

Venue:  The Crown Hotel, Minnigaff

Saturday 9th July 2016
Tune & Song Sessions

Festival Marquee, Creebridge House Hotel, Minnigaff
  • Creebridge House Hotel, Minnigaff
  • 2:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Tunes & Songs: There will be tunes, a BBQ and real ales in the Festival Marquee on Saturday afternoon from 2:00pm. It is also the venue for the Festival Late Club which is open from 10pm-1am on the Friday and Saturday nights.

Venue:  Creebridge House Hotel, Minnigaff


Great tune session at the Crown Hotel during the 2014 festival
  • The Crown Hotel, Newton Stewart
  • Musicians welcome all day!
  • Tune Session: Billy Jones & Family will be leading the regular tune session from 3:00pm which, if you didn't already know, happens every Saturday at the Crown Hotel. Really great tunes last year.

Venue:  The Crown Hotel, Newton Stewart


John & Rona Carson at the Star Inn
  • Star Inn, Newton Stewart
  • Musicians welcome all day!
  • Tunes & Songs: Eileen and everyone at the Star Inn will be welcoming musicians all weekend during the festival so please bring your instruments and voices and start a tune. The Star Inn was a terrific venue last year so don't miss it.

Venue:  Star Inn, Newton Stewart


  • Cree Inn, Minnigaff
  • 9:00pm - 1:00am
  • Tunes & Songs: Dave & Tricia at the Cree Inn will be delighted to welcome you for tunes and songs over the festival weekend and the hall is ideal for music so please do pop in.

Venue:  Cree Inn, Minnigaff


Creebridge House Hotel, Minnigaff
  • Creebridge House Hotel, Minnigaff
  • Musicians welcome all day!
  • Tunes & Songs: Creebridge House Hotel will be busy with musicians attending the traditional music workshops on Saturday 9th July 2016 and it is also the venue for the Festival Late Club which is open from 10pm-1am on the Friday and Saturday nights.

Venue:  Creebridge House Hotel, Minnigaff


  • The Crown Hotel, Newton Stewart
  • Musicians welcome all day!
  • Tunes & Songs: Musicians are welcome all weekend at the Crown Hotel.

Venue:  The Crown Hotel, Newton Stewart

Live in Concert - Thursday 7th July 2016 @ 7:30pm

Macmath: The Silent Page

Wonderful restoration of Galloway songs...

Macmath: The Silent Page
Live in Concert - Friday 8th July 2016 @ 7:30pm

Rachel Newton Trio

'Haunting vocals and elegant harp' The Guardian

Rachel Newton Trio
Live in Concert - Friday 8th July 2016 @ 7:30pm

Mohsen Amini

BBC Radio Scotland Young Trad Musician of the Year 2016

Mohsen Amini
Live in Concert - Saturday 9th July 2016 @ 7:30pm

Buille

Critically lauded, genre-defying new Irish music!

Buille
Live in Concert - Saturday 9th July 2016 @ 7:30pm

Jim Malcolm

One of the finest singers in Scotland in any style.

Jim Malcolm
Live in Concert - Friday 8th July 2016 @ 7:30pm

The Mermaids

Wonderul vocal harmonies from local duo...

The Mermaids
Festival Marquee - All Weekend!

Festival Marquee

Concerts, sessions, workshops, BBQ, Real Ales...

Family Friendly Tune Sessions
Live in Concert - Saturday 9th July 2016 @ 7:30pm

Fay Norris & David Ward

Scottish folk songs learned at her mother's knee.

Fay Norris
Film - Saturday 9th July 2016 @ 2:00pm

Hamish: THe Movie

Robbie Fraser's wonderful documentary.

Fay Norris
Live in Concert - Saturday 9th July 2016 @ 1:30pm

The Cracked Man

Dumfries & Galloway Music Showcase Concert

The Cracked Man
Learn a Language - Saturday 9th July 2016 @ 4:45pm

Getting Started in Scots Gaelic

Taster class led by Andrew Wilson

Getting Started in Scots Gaelic
Bodhrán Workshop - Saturday 9th July 2016 @ 2:30pm

Michael Drain

Learn bodhrán from one of Ireland's finest players.

Michael Drain
Singing Workshop - Saturday 9th July 2016 @ 2:30pm

The Songs of Dumfries & Galloway

Singing workshops led by Robyn Stapleton.

Robyn Stapleton
Pipe Band Performance - Saturday 9th July 2016 @ 12:30pm

Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums

Unique performance in the Earl of Galloway Gardens.

Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums
Live in Concert - Saturday 9th July 2016 @ 1:30pm

Darcy DaSilva

Dumfries & Galloway Music Showcase Concert

The Cracked Man
Guitar Exhibitors - Saturday 9th July 2016 from 12noon

Hilsley Guitars

Wonderful hand-made guitars from Dumfries & Galloway.

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

Claire Mann

Fiddle workshop from superb local fiddle player.

Claire Mann
Tune Sessions - All Weekend!

Family Friendly Tune Sessions

Bring your instruments and voices and join in!

Family Friendly Tune Sessions
Exhibitors - Saturday 9th July 2016 from 12noon

Galloway Strings

Superb hand-made instruments from Dumfries & Galloway.

Galloway Strings
Tune Sessions - All Weekend

Great music all weekend

Tune sessions all weekend throughout the town.

Tune Sessions - All Weekend