Opening night of the opening festival; 2014 saw our festival journey begin. Nyaay!
"One of the best nights of music I've ever heard at the McMillan Hall."
World class musicians performing and teaching in Galloway. Rachel Newton went on to win the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Musician in 2017.
We've enjoyed some absolutely fantastic music and entertainment at the festival over the years and nothing says it more than a photograph so please enjoy browsing through the gallery as it will give you a real feel for the festival.
Jarlath Henderson, Innes Watson, Hamish Napier, Duncan Lyle & Andrea Gobbi, Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton, BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, Charlie Stewart with Becky Hill, Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan, Cillian Doheny & Cillian King, Failte, Darcy Da Silva, Ollie Rigg, Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing, Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums, glorious sunshine, even better sessions - just brilliant from start to finish.
Buille featuring Niall and Caoimhín Vallely, Seán Óg Graham and Martin O'Neil, The Rachel Newton Trio, Mohsen Amini Band, Jim Malcolm, MacMath, Aaron Jones, Claire Mann, Robyn Stapleton, Emily Smith, Jamie McClennan, Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing, Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums; it was a fantastic festival weekend again.
Máirtín O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, Seamie O'Dowd, Laura-Beth Salter & Jenn Butterworth, Ryan Young & Craig Irving, Claire Hastings & Robyn Stapleton, Jonathan Henderson, Jones Family feat Claire Mann, Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums. "One of the best nights of music I've ever heard at the McMillan Hall".
Our first official festival featured Ross Couper & Tom Oakes, Siobhan Miller, Robyn Stapleton, Hajime Takahashi, Zoë Bestel, Greg Quiery, Wendy Stewart, John & Rona Carson, Orkney Cavalcade, Indoor Kites, Joey Pearce, Bruce McKenzie and Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums.
Back to where it all began and the start of our journey as a music festival (nyaay!). Many an enjoyable day/night/early morning has been had at Waulkmill House with friends, family and neighbours and it soon got us thinking about the potential to host a more formal event that even more people could enjoy and benefit from.
We are very proud to have welcomed world famous and award winning traditional music artists to the festival bringing high-quality arts programming and performances to new audiences, both young and old, in Wigtownshire.
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.