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Andy Irvine Live @TradFestival

16 Feb 18
Nathon Jones


Andy Irvine

We can hardly believe it ourselves either, but the one and only Andy Irvine himself will be performing at this year's festival in a special one-off concert in the Festival Marquee to celebrate our 5th anniversary in real style! Tickets on sale from 1st March or buy an early bird weekend pass today!

Andy Irvine is one of the great Irish singers, his voice one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland. He has been hailed as "a tradition in himself." Musician, singer and songwriter, Andy has maintained his highly individual performing skills throughout his over 50-year career. From Sweeney's Men in the mid 60s, to the enormous success of Planxty in the 70s, his duo with Paul Brady in the later 70s and then from Patrick Street to Mozaik, LAPD and Usher’s Island, Andy has been a world music pioneer and an icon for traditional music and musicians.

It is an absolute joy to be welcoming Andy to the festival this year and what we know will be a legendary performance in the Festival Marquee on Sunday 8th July (Doors from 6pm).

Tickets go on sale on Thursday 1st March or you can buy an early bird weekend pass right now and save up to £17.50 per person on the regular, combined, ticket prices for all of the concert events.  There will also be some very special weekend pass benefits this year which we'll let you know about when you arrive!

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New Stall - Jamani Blankets

Another stall holder to announce for the Scottish Highland Dancing Competition at Minnigaff Park on Saturday 7th July 2018; Jamani Blankets will be joining the stalls available all day at the park along with the dancers, pipes, children's entertainment, catering and more.


28 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

Newcastleton Festival Weekend :)

The 49th Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival takes place this weekend over the 29th, 30th June and 1st July and it's a packed programme of dancing, workshops, competitions, tune and song sessions all weekend in the beautiful Scottish Borders. Don't miss it!


27 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

Photography Course with David Moses

Learn to use your camera properly with expert tuition and advice from professional photographer David Moses. Thursday evenings from 28th June 2018, 6pm-8pm, in Newton Stewart. Free for under 25's, or £40.00 for over 25's.


26 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

New Stall - Little Dot Creations

Another stall holder to announce for the Scottish Highland Dancing Competition at Minnigaff Park on Saturday 7th July 2018; Little Dot Creations will be joining the stalls available all day at the park along with the dancers, pipes, children's entertainment, catering and more.


26 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

New Stall Galloway Sweets & Treats

Delighted to announce another stall holder at the Scottish Highland dancing event at Minnigaff Park on Saturday 7th July 2018 - Galloway Sweets & Treats will be joining traders available all day at the park along with the dancers, pipes, children's entertainment, catering and more!


26 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

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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