Autumn Trad Festival 2023 - Weekend Pass

An amazing weekend full of talented performers from all across the trad music scene!

Friday October 20th – Saturday October 21st 2023
The Vault Arts Centre

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Friday 20th October

Lucie Hendry Trio

Lucie Hendry released her debut album, Land of Eden, in June 2023, followed by a release tour in Denmark including shows at Godtfolk Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival and Aarhus Jazz Festival. The release tour continues in Scotland this October where she will be touring with the Lucie Hendry Trio across the country. The trio is a unique collaboration between Scottish folk harpist, Lucie Hendry and two of Denmark’s upcoming jazz musicians, Dennis Iversen on electric guitar and Christoffer Skovhus on drums.

The trio plays Lucie’s original music, rooted in the Scottish folk music tradition with influences from music that Lucie has encountered while living in Denmark during the past few years. With uplifting melodies, unexpected rhythms and layers of musical texture, the trio give a refreshing interpretation of Scottish folk music while shedding light on the impressive versatility of the lever harp. Together they will take the audience through a range of emotions in their captivating ambient, electronic and melodic world.

Roo & Neil

Based in Glasgow, their compositions are inspired by landscape, people and by the ways in which music can evoke a sense of place and community. In May 2022, Roo and Neil toured Scotland to release their debut album, HOMELANDS - a suite of pieces exploring their people and places which feel like 'home'. The works took five years to write and record and last just under an hour in length. During the first Covid-19 lockdown, one piece from this collection was selected a winner of Feis Rois’ “In Tune with Nature” competition. It was remotely composed, recorded and filmed to celebrate the wildlife and landscape of the magical Taynish National Nature Reserve. The duo are quickly gaining recognition and in 2021 were selected by Celtic Connection's prestigious ‘Danny Kyle Award’ and offered a performance at next year's festival. In addition to their original music, they also frequently perform their arrangements of Scottish traditional music and song and function as a ceilidh band, performing at events across the UK. The duo work closely with Live Music Now, a charity which aims to connect musicians with people experiencing social exclusion or disadvantage. This incredibly rewarding experience has lead them to perform in care homes, ASN schools, nurseries and hospitals. Furthermore, Roo and Neil have eclectic experiences as jazz musicians which deeply influence their work.

Saturday 21st October

Ryan Young

2022 MG ALBA Musician of The Year nominee Ryan Young brings new and exciting ideas to traditional Scottish music, receiving international praise for his spell-binding interpretations on the fiddle. His debut album was recorded with four time GRAMMY winner Jesse Lewis (who has worked with the likes of Bela Fleck and Yo Yo Ma) and launched at Feakle Traditional Music Festival in County Clare, accompanied by renowned guitarist, Dennis Cahill (Martin Hayes; The Gloaming). Ryan holds both a first class honours and a Masters degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He was twice a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards and twice a finalist in the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of The Year. He was awarded ‘Up And Coming Artist Of The Year’ at the Scots Trad Awards in 2017, nominated for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018 and awarded's Musician Of The Year title, also in 2018. Further MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards nominations include Album Of the Year, and Folk Band Of The Year. Ryan Young was also the only UK artist selected to perform at the prestigious World Music conference, WOMEX, in 2019.

Ellie Gowers

Ellie is a songwriter and guitarist from Warwickshire. What grew from a childhood love of literature and traditional folk song is a carefully crafted and emotionally mature catalogue of original material, with references to artists including Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake. Bringing to the stage a strong voice full of expression and maturity, her songs are written with sociological, ecological, and personal themes in mind. These songs at times are sensitive and tender, but are not without the fiery and darker discourse that have labelled Ellie as dynamic and one to watch.

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Starts: Friday, October 20th 2023 at 7:00pm
Ends: Saturday, October 21st 2023 at 11:45pm

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Bookings close: October 21st 2023


The Vault Arts Centre
40 Victoria Street
Newton Stewart & Minnigaff
United Kingdom

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This event is organized by Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival.

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The Vault Arts Centre is located in the former bank building at 40 Victoria Street, Newton Stewart, between Boots Chemists (to the right) and Avocet (to the left).

A regular bus service (X75/500) runs through Newton Stewart, with stops on Victoria Street just a short walking distance from the venue.

Parking is available on Victoria Street, however we recommend parking at Riverside Car Park, on Riverside Road, in order to reduce congestion.  Riverside Car Park is within a short walking distance of the venue.

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