Media Release: Traditional music festival packed with entertainment this weekend

Tune Session - Stephen Jolly Photogrpahy

Head to south Scotland for an amazing line-up of live music concerts, workshops, sessions and more

ORGANISERS of the third Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival in Dumfries & Galloway say this year is set to be their biggest and most ambitious yet.

Nathon Jones, festival director, said: “We have some of the best acts in traditional music performing and delivering workshops again this year including the fabulous Buille from Cork featuring the world famous brothers, Niall and Caoimhín Vallely, accompanied by Sean Óg Graham and Martin O’Neil, The Rachel Newton Trio, BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Mohsen Amini and his band, and the wonderful Scots singer, Jim Malcolm.”

He added: “Thank to the additional support from the Regional Arts Fund and The Hollywood Trust, we’ve been able to expand the programme of events and create more job opportunities for our young locals.”

Local talent also comes to the fore with performances from Macmath: The Silent Page featuring Aaron Jones, Claire Mann, Emily Smith, Jamie McClennan, Robyn Stapleton and Ali Burns; The Mermaids from Whithorn, Mona Stewart’s daughter Fay Norris, Darcy DaSilva, The Cracked Man, Late Bloomers, Alan McClure and the Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing.

Among the workshops at the festival is one on photography, hosted by David Moses.

He will be mentoring budding young photographers so they can be involved in capturing the festivals activities throughout the weekend. Also capturing the live concerts will be participants in film workshops run by Cree Studios, learning by working alongside professionals.

The Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival takes place 8 – 9 July 2016 throughout the town with a bonus concert on 7 July at Glentrool Village Hall.

Tickets are on sale now at or from the Box Office, tel: 01671 404924.

Notes for editors:

  • Photograph attached shows a Session taking place during last year’s Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival – photo credit: Stephen Jolly.
  • Festival dates are Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 July 2016.
  • Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival is organised and run by the Newton Stewart Traditional Music Festival Association who are a not-for-profit voluntary organisation.
  • The website is and box office telephone number is 01671 404924.


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