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October 2017
£2.50

Storyteller Pat ‘the hat’ Speight at The Word

October 21 @ 11:15 am - 1:15 pm
The Word,
Market Place
South Shields, NE33 1JF United Kingdom
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Children will be mesmerised by Pat ‘the hat’ Speight as he tells traditional Irish tales at The Word in South Shields as part of Tyneside Irish Festival. Families will be taken on an adventure as he shares stories about Kings and Warriors, Witches and Magicians, Pick-pockets and Ghosts, Fairies and Mermaids and Mythical, Mystical characters that will inspire and captivate the imagination. This is a magical event the whole family don’t want to miss! Under 7s and their families 11.15-12pm…

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£12

Perfect Friction

October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tyneside Irish Centre,
41 Gallowgate
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SG United Kingdom
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Doors open 7pm Show 8pm Perfect Friction formed in early 2012 when five young musicians, who had been playing traditional Irish music sessions together in Wicklow town, decided to enlist the services of a talented vocalist and put a new sound on the road. The band’s music ranges from high-energy trad sets with a full range of instruments (fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes, concertina, accordion, whistle, bodhran, guitar, banjo), to pop and rock songs tastefully arranged with a trad theme. The…

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£10

The Navvies

October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tyneside Irish Centre,
41 Gallowgate
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SG United Kingdom
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Doors Open 7pm. Show 8pm. An amazing five piece band from Co.Wicklow playing favourites by The Dubliners, The Saw Doctors, The Wolfetones and many more. A real hooley to close the festival! Full festival ticket here for £30 + booking fee Powered by Eventbrite

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£10

Manus McGuire and Emily Flack

October 27 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tyneside Irish Centre,
41 Gallowgate
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SG United Kingdom
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Amazing Sligo fiddle music together with song/ dance from Ireland and Canada. Manus McGuire from Sligo in the north west of Ireland comes from a strong musical family and from a region that is rich in the Irish fiddle music tradition having exported the likes of Michael Coleman and James Morrison to America in the early 1900's. He won various awards for fiddle music at national level before foraging a burgeoning international career performing with the groups, "Buttons and Bows", "MovingCloud"and…

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November 2017
Free

Lecture – The Jarrow Crusade and the Right to Work

November 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tyneside Irish Centre,
41 Gallowgate
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SG United Kingdom
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The Jarrow Crusade and the Right to Work  Dr Matt Perry (Newcastle University) 8pm Free The most famous protest of the unemployed was the Jarrow Crusade which took place in 1936. It has a global celebrity. The march demanded work for a town that had the highest unemployment in the country. This demand for the right to work has a long history and needs to be understood the context of the long battles of the working day and the historical…

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£16

Joe Wilson Night (Back by popular demand)

November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tyneside Irish Centre,
41 Gallowgate
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SG United Kingdom
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Fantastic Geordie show which sold out quickly last year. Limited tickets available from the Irish Centre office or call 0191 4247788.

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December 2017
£10

Chris Newman & Máire Ní Chathasaigh

December 6 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tyneside Irish Centre,
41 Gallowgate
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SG United Kingdom
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Celtic Christmas Strings (a festive feast of harp and guitar from Chris Newman & Máire Ní Chathasaigh) There’s something magical about harps, and particularly at Christmas, though Máire and Chris’s alchemy on harp and guitar creates a very special magic at all times. Individually famed for originality, innovation and virtuosity on their respective instruments, together they have created one of the most distinctive voices in modern acoustic music and brought their unique musical vision to venues large and small in…

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Free

Lecture – The Language of Emancipation: electoral reform and print culture in north-east England, 1819-1840

December 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tyneside Irish Centre,
41 Gallowgate
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SG United Kingdom
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The Language of Emancipation: electoral reform and print culture in north-east England, 1819-1840 Dr Joan Allen (Newcastle University)  8pm, free. Before 1823 when Daniel O Connell set up the Catholic Association and drove forward his surprisingly successful campaign for equal public and political rights, Roman Catholics were socially, economically and politically disadvantaged. Most particularly, they resented being excluded from sitting as MPs, voting in elections, and holding most senior government offices. This paper aims to explore the complex regional response to…

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January 2018
£15

The Dave Swarbrick Tribute Tour: Jason Wilson Band, Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Simon Swarbrick

January 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tyneside Irish Centre,
41 Gallowgate
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SG United Kingdom
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Doors open 7pm. Show begins 8pm. Swarb! It Suits Him Well , is a touring tribute of minstrel friends that have come together to celebrate the great Dave Swarbrick and his music. “Swarb” very sadly passed away in 2016. He left clear instructions that there was not to be a funeral. So …there wasn’t. However, before he died, he did talk about one last bash with all his friends making great music and having lots of fun. He may not…

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Free

Lecture – Not So Hesitant Comrades: The African National Congress and Sinn Fein

January 25, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tyneside Irish Centre,
41 Gallowgate
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SG United Kingdom
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Not So Hesitant Comrades: The African National Congress and Sinn Fein Dr Connal Parr (Northumbria University)  8pm, free. This talk will explore the links between the two formerly militant political groups at the heart of post-Apartheid South Africa and ‘post-conflict’ Northern Ireland. It will focus on the practical links which were highlighted in 2011 following the passing of South African lawyer Kader Asmal, who was a major player in the Irish anti-Apartheid movement and would serve as a minister in…

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