Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy in 2019


27 Oct 18
by Nathon Jones

Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy

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!

More intimate than a band, Trad duo, Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy, embody a special chemistry.

Purveyors of Scotland’s most ancient and contemporary instruments (clarsach, Gaelic for Scottish harp, and acoustic guitar, respectively) these two halves created a whole in September 2017: a subtle ying-yang between spine-tingling clarity and virtuosic drive.

From snappy Strathspeys to heartfelt airs, from rip-roaring reels to chirpy jigs – theirs is the perfect synthesis of the modern and the traditional.

As individual musicians, the award-nominated dyad (hailing from the north of Scotland) spread their influence far and wide across the globe. As a pairing who tailor each performance to the needs of their audience, no corner of the world will go untouched by their rootsy charm.

Rachel Hair Official Website

In Other News


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.

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Billie Jones

A concert for Cameron

We are delighted to be supporting the concert for Cameron at the Waverley Hall, Creetown, this evening (27th Oct) from 7:30pm with live music from members of our Board of Trustees, family and friends of Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival.

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Nathon Jones

TradFestival Live @ Limavady

This weekend members of the Board of Trustees and Festival Director Nathon Jones head to Limavady in Northern Ireland to perform live and fly the flag for Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival with kind invitation from our good friends from the band Fáilte.

20 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.

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