National Best Festival Finalists!


13 Jun 19
by Nathon Jones

E Awards Tonight!

We're off to Edinburgh tonight for the National E Awards Summer Party where the 2019 winners will be announced. The festival has been shortlisted as finalists in the Best Festival category alongside University of St Andrews, Renfrewshire Council, Party at the Palace and Edinburgh Corn Exchange.

We'll enjoy gin cocktails courtesy of Pickering's Gin, canapes and a cheese board, and a medley of entertainment during an informal networking event at the prestigious Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, where the 2019 winners will be announced.

It's an outstanding acheivement for Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival but it simply wouldn't be possible without the support of the fantastic team of volunteers who make sure the festival happens every year, the local communities of Newton Stewart & Minnigaff and all the local businesses who sponsor the event, our funders from Dumfries & Galloway Council, Kilgallioch Community Fund and The Holywood Trust and, especially, YOU; the wonderful musicians, festival goers, friends and family who attend every year and who are so supportive of everything Trad Music Trust are trying to acheive in Dumfries & Galloway.

It's a fabulous way to welcome in the 6th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival, which takes place over the 12th-14th July 2019, and we'll have everything crossed tonight for a success.

Wish us luck but, most of all, well done all of us!

E Awards

In Other News


Packed weekend at The Vault again

We've certainly hit the ground running at The Vault Arts Centre. A huge thanks to Norman, Brian and Aaron from Breakdown who played a fantastic gig on Friday night, followed by the Dynamite Kings and Conjuring Fate on Saturday night and another brilliant rock night.

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Busy weekend ahead at The Vault

The Winter Programme is hot off the press and we're off and running with lots of events over Christmas, New Year and into 2020 starting with the fabulous Breakdown this Friday 6th December, followed by Conjuring Fate, with support from The Dynamite Kings, on Saturday 7th December. Both from 7pm.

5 Dec 19
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Fantastic night with Kate Kyle

The first gig since the official opening and a fantastic night with Dumfries singer/songwriter Kate Kyle supported by Newton Stewart's very own Hamish & Kirsty Sutherland. It was fantastic to see The Vault open and full with an expectant and, ultimately, very satisfied audience. Great night.

4 Dec 19
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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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