Latest Festival News


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.

Tunes & Songs @ Bruce Hotel Tonight

Join Trad Music Trust for an evening of tunes and songs at the Bruce Hotel this evening, Saturday 15th December, from 8:30pm. Bring your instruments and voices too, as ever!

15 Dec 18
Nathon Jones

Looking for the perfect Xmas gift?

How about tickets to see Dougie MacLean at Newton Stewart Cinema on July 14th 2019 or a Weekend Pass for the 6th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival? Trad Music Trust has got your Christmas presents all sorted!

12 Dec 18
Nathon Jones

Calling all 18-24 year olds!

We've had a fantastic response to the Newton Stewart Arts Centre Community Survey, with over 350 responses so far, but we want it to be as representative as possible - you'll help shape new music, dance, language and arts services in the region - so if you're aged 18-24 we'd love to hear from you.

12 Dec 18
Billie Jones

Cancelled - Emily Smith Concert

It is with deep regret that, due to poor ticket sales, we're having to announce the cancellation of the Emily Smith Songs For Christmas concert due to be held this coming Saturday 15th December at Our Lady & St Ninian's Church. All bookings so far will, of course, receive a full refund.

10 Dec 18
Nathon Jones

Registration Open for 2019

Registration is now open for Scottish Highland dancing competition, SOBHD Competition BJ4, on Saturday 13th July 2019 at Minnigaff Playing Fields, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland.

8 Dec 18
Nathon Jones

Latha Naomh Anndra sona dhuibh!

Everyone at Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival would like to wish you all a very happy St. Andrew's Day.

30 Nov 18
Nathon Jones

Mànran Live at Stranraer

Don't miss the fabulous Gary Innes, Ewen Henderson, Ross Saunders, Ryan Murphy, Mark Scobbie and Craig Irving, otherwise known as Scottish supergroup Mànran, live at The Fitba Bar, Stranraer, this coming Friday 7th December from 7:30pm.

29 Nov 18
Nathon Jones

New arts delivery in Newton Stewart

Please spare a minute to complete the 9 question Newton Stewart Arts Centre Community Survey. Your responses will help shape the delivery of new music tuition, arts and cultural events/activities and the development of a new arts centre in Newton Stewart.

21 Nov 18
Nathon Jones

Emily Smith's Songs for Christmas

It has been a fantastic year for the Trad Music Trust and Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival so, to celebrate, we've reduced the price for the forthcoming Emily Smith Song's For Christmas show to £10 (Over 25's) and £8 (Over 65's / Under 25's). Merry Christmas!

19 Nov 18
Nathon Jones

£130,320 economic impact in 2018

With support from Dumfries & Galloway Council's Major Events Strategic Fund it has been estimated that Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival had a total economic impact of £130,320 in 2018; a fantastic achievement for the event and a huge boost to the region's economy.

18 Nov 18
Billie Jones

Wish us luck at the D&G Life Awards

Chairperson Billy and Festival Director Nathon are off to the D&G Life Awards this evening (9th Nov) to represent Trad Music Trust and the Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival which has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Tourism Champion category.

9 Nov 18
Billie Jones

Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy in 2019

Delighted to announce that we'll have outstanding Scottish harpist, composer and tutor Rachel Hair and guitarist / multi-instrumentalist Ron Jappy teaching and performing on Saturday 13th July 2019 at the 6th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival!

27 Oct 18
Nathon Jones

Sponsorship support from:
  • Belhaven Brewery Logo
  • Merrick Real Estate
  • Creebridge House Hotel
  • Baillie Gifford Logo

6th annual music festival

The 6th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will take place over 12th-14th July 2019 and, after another outstanding programme of events in 2018 which saw us hosting Scottish Highland Dancing competitions and, as ever, some of the biggest names in traditional music, it looks set to be another packed programme and is really living up to it's reputation as one of the best rural arts festivals in Dumfries & Galloway.

Subscribe to Newsletter

* indicates required