Trad festival is a real treat

Harpist Rachel Newton at Newton Stewart & Minnigaff traditional music festival

Harpist Rachel Newton at Newton Stewart & Minnigaff traditional music festival

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The third annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival saw a real treat for music fans last weekend.

Concerts, workshops, tune and song sessions took place in Newton Stewart & Minnigaff with a truly amazing line-up.

On Thursday 7th July the festival opened with the superb Macmath: The Silent Page at Glentrool Village Hall.

On Friday night in the new Festival Marquee venue at the Creebridge House Hotel were The Mermaids, from Whithorn, BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2016 - Mohsen Amini with his band - and the fantastic Rachel Newton Trio.

Saturday 9th July saw a concertina workshop by world famous concertina player Niall Vallely and a highland dancing workshop with local dancers, the Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing, both at the Creebridge House Hotel.

The Dumfries & Galloway Music Showcase on Saturday at Penninghame St. John’s Church Hall included acts from Moniaive, Gatehouse of Fleet, Bladnoch, Stranraer and Castle Douglas plus the winners of the festival’s tune and song writing competitions.

The finale concert at the McMillan Hall on Saturday was the icing on the cake with the amazing 4-piece band Buille, from Cork, headlining with support from the wonderful Scots singer Jim Malcolm, Mona Stewart’s daughter Fay accompanied by David Ward and the Paula Herries School of Highland Dancing.