Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival

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Just 2 weeks to go...

23 Jun 17
Nathon Jones


Great craic in 2016!

Cor, the excitement is tangible now. Just two weeks until the 4th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival and we've lots in store again this year including some nice surprises at the concert events and, as ever, award winning and award nominated musicians performing all weekend.

We are very excited about the new venue this year, at the fantastic new gin distillery in Newton Stewart which is owned and operated by local company Crafty Scottish Distillers Ltd.  They have just released their new 'Hills & Harbour' gin and, as well as hosting the Fáilte & Darcy Da Silva concert on Saturday 8th July from 3pm, they'll be present at both of our evening concerts so you'll have the chance to sample this wonderful new gin throughout the weekend.  If you like a gin, like me (ahem!), then I'm sure you'll be taking a bottle home with you.

We have also introduced a new event this year called the Acoustic Cafe which is being hosted by the very nice people at The Belted Galloway in Newton Stewart from 12noon on Saturday 8th July.  There will be 7 acts, from all over Dumfries & Galloway and even as far as Perth, performing throughout the day.  You can recharge your batteries with a bite of lunch and/or tea or coffee or, as it's licensed too, you can relax with a drink and enjoy the music.

You can save £5.00 on the standard price of the concert events by purchasing a Weekend Pass - £35.00 Full / £30.00 Concession.  You'll get access to all ticketed events, excluding workshops, and the chance to see Emily Smith, Jamie McClennan, the Festival Association Band, Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums, Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing, Fáilte, Darcy Da Silva, BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Charlie Stewart, Becky Hill, Tim Edey and the Jarlath Henderson Band.

We're still adding photographs to the gallery which is a fantastic reminder of the amazing events we've hosted over the years, the outstanding musical performances and entertainment we've enjoyed, the world class musicians we've attracted to the region, the music tuition and creative arts opportunities we've delivered every year - free of charge for under 25's...it's very easy to get caught up in the organising and running of the organisation and the event but to see how much people have enjoyed and benefited from it makes all the work worthwhile.

I could, honestly, talk about the festival all day and all night.  Those that know me know how passionate I am about music and also how strongly I feel about encouraging, developing, supporting and promoting traditional music learning, composition and performance in Wigtownshire.

We've been working hard to deliver another fantastic event again this year so I hope you'll come along and experience it again or, if you've never been before, that you'll allow us to introduce you to Newton Stewart & Minnigaff and the best in traditional music from Scotland and Ireland (and loads of other stuff too!).

Please book early for the concert events as they do tend to sell out as the dates get closer.  We'll announce ticket availability over the next couple of weeks.

You'll have an unforgettable weekend in Galloway and I shall look forward to seeing you there.

Nathon Jones
Festival Director
festival@tradmusic.com
01671 404924 / 07762 064 298

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The Barrstools @ Crafty Distillery

Join fabulous South Ayrshire group The Barrstools at Crafty Distillery, Newton Stewart, on Saturday 7th July 2018 from 6:00pm as part of this year's festival programme. Superb local gin, good tunes, good songs and the best of craic' - the perfect way to start your Saturday night festival.


25 May 18
Nathon Jones

New Sponsor - Merrick Group

Fantastic support from Mark Norris and everyone at Merrick Group who we welcome as the first Highland Dancing Ambassadors for this year's festival. The Scottish Highland Dancing competitions take place on the Saturday of the festival, the 7th July, and will feature over 150 dancers aged from 5-25+.


17 May 18
Billie Jones

New Sponsor - Stables Guest House

Huge thanks to Jacqui at Stables Guest House in Newton Stewart who we welcome as an official sponsor for this year's festival. The backing of local businesses and the local community is vital to the continued success of the event so it's hugely encouraging when we receive such generous support.


17 May 18
Billie Jones

Venue changed to Portpatrick

Just to update you that the Play For The Festival tour date on 30th June 2018 has changed venue to the Waterfront Hotel, Portpatrick.


16 May 18
Nathon Jones

Get along to Moniaive this weekend!

Make sure you get along to Moniaive this weekend for the 17th Moniaive Folk Festival which takes place over the 10th-13th May and features, among many others, the Jarlath Henderson Band, Ross Ainslie & the Sanctuary Band and Moishe’s Bagel.


7 May 18
Nathon Jones

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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