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Festival Update 2021


16 Jun 21
by Nathon Jones

A tune session in full flow at the festival in 2019

With lockdown easing paused for a further 3 weeks, which runs into this year's dates, Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will, instead, focus on what has made the event so popular; the fantastic tune and song sessions which take place at venues throughout the towns.

We'll be announcing exactly which venues will be hosting sessions over 9th-11th July very soon, which includes the charity's wonderful new venue, The Vault Arts Centre, which is right in the centre of town and which will have a fully licensed bar for the entire weekend.

This is the second year running that Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival has had to, effectively, cancel it's main event after a devastating 16 months, so we're absolutely heartbroken, again, that this hugely popular, community run, event can't go ahead as it would have liked this year, however we do have backup plans for September so please keep an eye out for news updates there too!

We really appreciate all the messages of support we've received and we'd be delighted to see you this coming July anyway sure, for tunes and songs together.  We hope you'll still join us and, as well as all the fantastic music you'll also get a chance to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Dumfries & Galloway.

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Kelton arrives safe and sound

Many thanks to J&J Currie Ltd and the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership for their support in ensuring that the fabulous 'Kelton' arrived safe and sound at Minnigaff Playing Fields for this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival...and doesn't he look wonderful?  

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Official programmes available from Friday 8th July

Hot off the press, the official programme for this year's festival will be available from The Vault Arts Centre from 1pm tomorrow and at the evening concert events in the new Festival Marquee.  

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Fiddle workshop with Megan Níc Fhionnghaile

Currently studying Irish Music at the Irish World Academy in the University of Limerick, Megan Níc Fhionnghaile - who is performing at the Saturday night concert - will be hosting a fiddle workshop at 10:30am on Saturday 9th July 2022 at McMillan Hall. FREE for under 25s or £12 for everyone else.  

7 Jul 22
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Trad Music Trust

The 8th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will take place over the 8th-10th July 2022 and it's a HUGE comeback event featuring, as ever, the very best in traditional music & dance. The Sarah Markey Band, Damien O'Kane & Ron Block Band with Michael McGoldrick, Megan Nic Fhionnghaile, Malin Makes Music, John McSherry & Francis McIlduff, Heather Cartwright, Mairi McGillivray and Blue Rose Code (trio)!! It's going to be another incredible weekend.

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