Superb line-up at the Festival Marquee for the opening night concert featuring some of the best in traditional music from Scotland, Ireland, England and the USA.
Friday, 12th July 2019
– Doors open at 7:30pm
Steph Geremia Trio
Steph Geremia is an Irish American multi-instrumentalist and singer highly regarded as one of the finest musicians of her generation. Perhaps best known as a traditional Irish flute player and as a mainstay of the critically acclaimed Irish group, Alan Kelly Gang, she has also impressed as a singer, presenting her own identity of a breathy Celtic vocal style mixed with a hint of her American roots. Steph will be joined by Scottish powerhouse Aaron Jones (Old Blind Dogs) on bouzouki/guitar/vocals and fiddle maestro Ben Gunnery (Riverdance / Barrage).
Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, whose music is rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye. From the starling murmurations on the Somerset Levels to the lowly eel's epic transatlantic migration, and the small part we ourselves play in a much bigger picture, her songs are bound by the underlying theme of mankind's relationship with the wild.
Benedict Morris Trio
20-year Glasgow fiddle player Benedict Morris was recently named as BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year and his performance at the festival this year continues the proud tradition at Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival of featuring the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, which it has done every year since the festival first began back in 2014.
Friday, July 12th 2019
Doors open: 7:30pm
Bookings close: July 12th 2019
The Festival Marquee sits adjacent to the Creebridge House Hotel, Minnigaff, which is at the centre of a lot of the music & events that take place during the festival weekend.
It can be accessed on foot by taking an immediate left as you walk over the Creebridge, from Newton Stewart, and walking slightly around the corner onto Moorcroft Road where you will see a pedestrian entrance in the dry stone wall, on the right hand side of the road.Alternatively, you can continue to walk straight, after crossing the Creebridge, and take the first left immediately after the petrol station, which is the hotel's main road and pedestrian entrance.