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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.

Brownlee & Blantern @ Acoustic Cafe

Quality Americana/Folk duo from South West Scotland with variety, melody and strong harmonies in songs ranging from the well known - through to the self penned. You'll find some humour in there too! You can catch Brownlee & Blantern from 12:30pm at The Acoustic Cafe on Saturday 8th July.

22 Jun 17
Nathon Jones

Dave Low @ The Acoustic Cafe

Dave Low is a Perth based blues guitarist and singer-songwriter who has made a name for himself throughout Perth as a talented musician and a champion of the earliest days of the blues. Dave will be performing from 2:15pm on Saturday 8th July at the Acoustic Cafe.

21 Jun 17
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Save with a Weekend Pass

Save £5.00 and access all of the ticketed concert events - Emily Smith, Jamie McClennan, ATLAS, Festival Family Band, Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums, Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing, Fáilte, Darcy DaSilva, Charlie Stewart, Becky Hill, Tim Edey and the Jarlath Henderson Band.

20 Jun 17
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Fáilte & Darcy DaSilva at Crafty

Brilliant opportunity to enjoy live music at Newton Stewart's wonderful new gin distillery overlooking the mountain of Cairnsmore of Fleet featuring Fáilte, a 7-piece traditional band from Northern Ireland, and local singer/songwriter Darcy DaSilva from Moniaive.

16 Jun 17
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New Festival Photo Gallery

Nothing says it like a photograph so we're delighted to launch our new photograph gallery which documents the festival since it's move from garden party and our commitment to increasing high-quality arts performances and opportunities in Wigtownshire to our first official event in 2014 and beyond.

15 Jun 17
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Rooms available at Flowerbank

If you're looking for B&B/Guest House accommodation for the festival there are still rooms available at Flowerbank Guest House, just a minutes' walk from the Creebridge House Hotel and the Festival Marquee.

14 Jun 17
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Last pitch available at Strathleys

An additional pitch has become available for the festival weekend at Strathleys House Campsite. A family run site, Strathleys House is within walking distance of the town, venues and sessions.

14 Jun 17
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Pipe Band in the Gardens

A regular feature at the festival, we're delighted that Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums can join us again to open the Saturday programme of events with a unique performance from 12noon at the Monument Gardens in the centre of Newton Stewart, overlooking the River Cree and Creebridge.

9 Jun 17
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Belhaven sponsor festival in 2017

A huge thank you from the festival Association again this year for the continued support from Belhaven Brewery (Greene King PLC). Belhaven have supported the festival every year and it is a huge credit to them.

3 Jun 17
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Play for the Festival Tour 2017

Join the Festival Association Band at the Galloway Arms Hotel on Saturday 3rd June from 7pm for more tunes, songs, pints and the craic' as part of this year's Play for the Festival Tour.

2 Jun 17
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Highland dancing workshop

Learn the basics of Scottish Highland dancing with local dance group and dance instructor Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing. Open to all ages and experience, it's free to attend and we hope, with your new moves, you'll take to the floor at one of the events and impress us all!

2 Jun 17
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Harp workshop with Becky Hill

Learn harp with Scottish Royal Conservatoire student, multi-instrumentalist and composer Becky Hill on Saturday 8th July at Newton Stewart Centre. Workshops are free for under 25's or just £10.00 if you're over 25.

19 May 17
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ATLAS to perform opening night!

From Limerick, Ireland, ATLAS - Cillian Doheny (Guitars) & Cillian King (concertina) - perform on Friday 7th July 2017 at Creebridge House Hotel as part of the lineup for the fantastic opening night concert which also features Emily Smith, Jamie McClennan plus the Festival Association house band.

12 May 17
Nathon Jones

Play for the Festival Tour 2017

Live music at the Bruce Hotel, Newton Stewart, this Saturday 13th May from 7:00pm as part of the Play for the Festival Tour 2017. Join Newton Stewart Traditional Music Festival Association and friends for an evening of tunes and songs raising money for this years festival.

10 May 17
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Learn photography with David Moses

6 week photography course with professional photographer David Moses begins at 6pm-8pm on Thursday 18th May at Newton Stewart Centre. Costs are £60 per person or, if you're under 25, it's absolutely free!

8 May 17
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5th Anniversary Year Celebrations!

2018 sees the 5th anniversary of Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival and we're pulling out all the stops to deliver another outstanding event in Wigtownshire. This year sees us host officially registered Scottish Highland Dancing competitions and, as ever, some of the biggest names in traditional music who will be performing over the 3 days. We have the bubbly on ice and can't wait to see you all again in Galloway. The tunes last year were just mighty!

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