Award-winning and nominated and legendary traditional musicians are heading to Wigtownshire this July

From July 6-8, in venues throughout Newton Stewart and Minnigaff, some of traditional music’s most respected musicians and dancers will perform and teach at what’s fast becoming one of Scotland’s most popular traditional music festivals.

The event opens on Friday 6th  at the Festival Marquee, Creebridge House Hotel, Minnigaff, with a concert featuring BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2018 nominee for Best Musician, Tim Edey, 5-piece Scottish/Irish music and dance band LAS and BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018, Scottish singer Hannah Rarity and her band.

The event moves on to another packed programme on Saturday 7th with performances by renowned Scottish band Old Blind Dogs, English guitarist Clive Carroll and BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017 nominee, Scottish singer Kim Carnie with her trio, at the McMillan Hall, Newton Stewart.

New for 2018, the Saturday programme also features Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (SOBHD) registered Scottish Highland dancing competitions which will see dancers aged 5-25+ from all over the UK and Ireland competing at the festival.

Also new for 2018, legendary Irish singer and musician Andy Irvine will perform at the new legend night concert on Sunday 8th  in the Festival Marquee.

Workshops announced so far this year include guitar, fiddle, whistle, Gaelic singing, bodhrán and Scottish Stepdance along with all the regular features of the festival such as the pipe band performance and the popular tune and song sessions which take place all weekend.

Nathon Jones, Festival Director, said “We want to deliver an outstanding event for the fifth anniversary and have managed to secure some of the biggest names in traditional music as well as exciting up-and-coming stars of the future.”

“We’ve received support and backing, again, from D&G Council’s Major Event Strategic Fund along with continued support from local and national businesses which is allowing us to develop a fantastic programme for the festival this July as well as new plans for the organisation including year-round events and traditional music tuition in schools.”

“We’ve already received bookings from Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Canada so it’s going to be another busy weekend and a wonderful musical experience for everyone involved.”

Tickets are on sale now at www.tradmusic.com or you can call the box office direct on 01671 404924 / 07762 064 298.