@TradFestival 2018


Another year, another name change :) and Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival was ready to celebrate it's 5th anniversary at what was shaping up to be one of the most ambitious events yet. A new programme of official Scottish Highland dancing competitions, running all day on the Saturday, another outstanding musical line-up including the legendary Andy Irvine himself and continued support and backing from D&G Council's Major Events Strategic Fund and The Holywood Trust.

What We Did In 2018 2018 Since 2014
No. of Concerts 7 23
No. of Workshops 8 37
Organisation Spend in Wigtownshire £15,722.50* £37,467.43
Organisation Spend in Dumfries & Galloway £20,740.94 * £56,682.93
Organisation Spend in Scotland £25,503.02 * £68,335.01

* Total amount spent by Newton Stewart Traditional Music Festival Association to deliver the festival over the 6th, 7th & 8th July 2018.

Performers & Tutors in 2018

Andy Irvine
Tim Edey
Aaron Jones
Jonny Hardy
Ali Hutton
Donald Hay
Clive Carroll
Joy Dunlop
Suzanne Fivey
Edel Ní­ Churraoin
Gráinne Brady
Emma Ní­ Fhí­oruisce
Kim Carnie
Euan Burton
Jack Badcock
Claire Mann
Hannah Rarity (BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018)
Conal McDonagh
Calum Morrison
Michael Drain
Watkins Lee
Ollie Rigg
Karen Keenan
Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums
Catriona McGhie
Ian McGhie
Stewart Robertson
Harry Sheddon
Kevin Boreland
Hamish Denham
Quentin Fyfe
Steven Stark
Lewis McLaughlin
James Bauld
Jem Irving
Jared Muir

Sponsorship support from:
  • Baillie Gifford Logo

7th annual music festival

The 7th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will now take place over the 9th-11th July 2021 following the Trust's decision to re-schedule this year's event due to Covid-19. We are in negotiation with the artists booked for this year and hope to secure them all for 2021, plus a few extra surprises, so we'll be back with another packed programme of traditional music and dance next year. We hope you'll join us.

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