Mary have you tried contacting Suzie Kelly who is Traditional Music Officer with Dumfries & Galloway Arts Association. They have been running a series of artist led sessions over the winter period. If she gets funding you might get a couple of these around your Dalbeattie gig (hope to see you there by the way). Basically with these sessions an artist is paid to lead the session, if musicians turn up it is up to you to keep the kettle boiling as it were, but if no-one turns up it's up to you to play the night. It can be fun we did a few of these over the winter and had a good night each time. Also you could try contacting Gerda Pickin at Stranraer Folk Club, they don't often book people through lack of money but it's worth a try.