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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.

£226.67 raised at Cree Inn event

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to the Cree Inn on Saturday 9th February and helped raise a brilliant £226.67 for The Vault Arts Centre project. That takes the running total to £496.67, which is a terrific start, with further fundraising planned over the coming weeks.

11 Feb 19
Nathon Jones

Fundraising night at Cree Inn

This Saturday 9th Feb, Trad Music Trust will host an evening of live music and entertainment to raise funds for the proposed new arts centre in Newton Stewart. There will be live music from the Board of Trustees, family and friends plus a charity raffle with some amazing prizes up for grabs!

6 Feb 19
Nathon Jones

Benedict Morris confirmed for July

It's the news you've all been waiting for; we have again managed to secure the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2019, Glasgow fiddle player Benedict Morris. Benedict will be performing with a trio at the opening night concert in the Festival Marquee on Friday 12th July 2019.

3 Feb 19
Billie Jones

Sponsorship opportunities in 2019

There has never been a better time to get involved with Trad Music Trust and Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival, and to add your support to the growing list of sponsors and partners who are helping the charity deliver valuable arts & culture programming in Wigtownshire.

2 Feb 19
Billie Jones

Overwhelming response to survey

With the survey now closed, and an amazing 449 responses in, it's time to analyse the results and find out exactly what you'd like to see happening in the region. Your support has been fantastic and will directly shape the delivery of future projects, so a huge thanks to everyone who participated.

1 Feb 19
Nathon Jones

Last day for survey today!

Today, 31st January, is your last chance to have your say on the delivery of new music tuition, arts and cultural events/activities and the development of a new arts centre in Newton Stewart with a chance to win tickets for this year's festival too!

31 Jan 19
Billie Jones

Trad Music Trust on ITV!

In case you missed it, ITV Border's Lookaround programme featured Trad Music Trust following significant interest in the organisation's plans to develop a new arts centre and a year-round programme of music, dance, language, arts and crafts tuition, performances and exhibitions in Newton Stewart.

30 Jan 19
Nathon Jones

Donations rolling in...

Delighted to see donations coming in through the new JustGiving campaign for the proposed new arts centre in Newton Stewart. It's incredibly humbling and hugely encouraging so please dig deep and help support this important local project.

26 Jan 19
Billie Jones

Hae a guid Burns nicht!

We hope you're all taking a moment today, if you haven't already, to celebrate the life and poetry of Robert Burns. Whether you're sat with haggis, neeps, tatties and a dram, or a battered haggis supper and an Irn Bru, make sure you raise a toast to the bard.

25 Jan 19
Nathon Jones

Trad Music Trust on Border News

Make sure you catch Border News Lookaround at 6pm tonight (24th Jan) on ITV Border and a feature on Trad Music Trust, Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival and the charity's plans to develop a new arts centre in the former Royal Bank of Scotland building in Newton Stewart.

24 Jan 19
Nathon Jones

JustGiving fundraising campaign

Trad Music Trust have just launched a new fundraising campaign, via JustGiving, to raise funds to support initial renovation costs for the new arts centre project planned for Newton Stewart in early Spring. You can donate directly online or start your own fundraising page to support the project.

23 Jan 19
Nathon Jones

Festival on Hands Up For Trad

It has been a fantastic month for press coverage so we were delighted to spot that we'd also featured on the terrific Hands Up For Trad website in a brilliant article detailing the significant economic impact of Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival.

22 Jan 19
Billie Jones

Sponsorship support from:
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  • 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.

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