Town comes alive to the sound of traditional and acoustic music

Newton Stewart Traditional & Acoustic Music Festival'Ross Couper & Tom Oakes
Newton Stewart Traditional & Acoustic Music Festival'Ross Couper & Tom Oakes

Organisers are delighted at the success of the first ever Newton Stewart traditional and Acoustic music festival.

The town hosted concerts and workshops throughout the weekend with young musician of the year Robyn Stapleton one of the headline acts.

A statement from the organisers said: “A huge thank you to everyone who supported our very first festival over the weekend.

“It couldn’t have gone better - our evening concerts were sell-outs, the pubs were busy with musicians all weekend, even late on Sunday! The feedback we’ve received has been wonderful and hugely encouraging.

“We’ll have photographs, write ups and more to announce over the coming weeks (once we’ve caught up on some sleep!).

There were very special thanks to Greg Queiry, Zoë Bestel - Singer/Songwriter, Robyn Stapleton and Hajime Takahashi, Rhins of Galloway Pipes and Drums, Wendy Stewart, Aaron Jones, Rhona Norris, Siobhan Miller, Ross Couper and Tom Oakes.

There were also thanks for the supporting venues - Cree Inn, Creebridge House Hotel, Star Inn, The Crown Hotel, The Bruce Hotel and The Belted Galloway.

The weekend started with a concert at the Cree Inn on Friday night featuring Robyn Stapleton, Zoë Bestel and Jonathan Henderson.

There was also an opening ceremony at Monument Gardens on Saturday featuring Rhins of Galloway Pipes & Drums and at The Belted Galloway Ross Couper & Tom Oakes, Siobhan Miller, Aaron & Nathon Jones performed.