This year was the first year of Newton Stewart’s Traditional & Acoustic Festival, organised by Nathon Jones. Having gone to school in Newton Stewart, I was really looking forward to returning to the town and meeting some old friends. Myself and Hajime Takahashi performed at the first concert of the weekend, in the Cree Inn, which was totally sold out. So nice seeing lots of familiar faces in the audience and the support for the festival was fantastic. There were some brilliant musicians performing across the weekend including Ross Couper & Tom Oakes, Bruce MacKenzie, Zoe Bestel and Siobhan Miller.
My highlight of the weekend was leading a song session in the local Bruce Hotel. I met so many interesting people, heard some beautiful songs and even traditional songs from the local area I had never heard before. I also got to sing with my wee sister for the first time ever, which was extra special.
I really hope the festival will continue in the years to come! Well done to everyone involved for making the weekend such a success!