Thanks to everyone that supported the festival in October. We are already looking forward to the 2018 festival (14th to 21st October) and booking artists.
Below are details of our what was on in 2017.
Sunday 15th October
Festival Opening Event 5pm + Ceili 7pm (Free tickets available)
A multicultural extravaganza with performers from around the world, including fantastic Irish singer Muhammad Al-Hussaini and harpers Fiana Ni Chonaill and Lizzie Affolter, followed by a ceili from 7pm featuring the Newcastle University Irish dancers.
Newcastle City Guides Walk – ‘When Paddy meets Geordie’.
Meet at Grey’s Monument 2.30pm £4 Adults, £3 over 60’s.
Discover why Irish refugees fleeing the 1845 Potato Famine were welcomed on Tyneside.
Monday 16th October
Paddy Cullivan £5. Doors open 7pm. Show 8pm
RTE Late Late Show’s Paddy Cullivan brings you an audiovisual spectacular on the events surrounding the Easter Rising. Using satire, imagery, historical insight and song, Paddy reveals the ten strangest things (and darkest secrets) that happened during the Rising, Revolution and Civil War.
Tuesday 17th October
Sally Glennon Band at Iona club, Hebburn. £2 on the door 7.30pm
Play to be peformed by ‘Antics’, our resident drama group. Pay what you feel. 7.30pm
Freedom City Lecture (Free) 7.30pm
We Shall Overcome! America and the Civil Rights Movement in Northern Ireland.
Dr Sarah Campbell (Newcastle University)
Wednesday 18th October
Raised on Songs and Stories – (Free, by invitation, call 0191 2610385 for details) 12.30pm – 4pm
A get together for our Tyneside Irish elders to enjoy some live Irish music and have lunch. Featuring Dermot Hegarty and Sally Glennon.
Film – The Young Offenders (15) (Free)
Thursday 19th October
Tyneside Irish Cultural Society Adult Education Open Night (Free) 7pm to 9pm. Full details on website.
Our classes include Irish language, art, creative writing, Irish music, a book club and a new drama group. This is a chance to have a taster of our classes.
Friday 20th October
Dezi Donnelly and Michael McGoldrick + Anthony John Clarke £15 Doors 7pm. Show 8pm
Fiddle and flute from two incredibly well respected musicians. Between them they have been members of Toss the Feathers, Stockton’s Wing, Capercaillie, Flook and Lunasa and have performed with Mark Knopfler, Eddi Reader, Sharon Shannon and Kate Rusby to name just a few.
Support from Belfast born singer and songwriter Anthony John Clarke.
Saturday 21st October
Uillean Pipers’ meeting. (Free) 1pm
Pat ‘the hat’ Speight, our storyteller from Cork, is appearing at The Word, South Shields.
He will run two sessions. Under 7’s 11.15am until 12 noon and then over 7’s 12.30pm until 1.15pm. £2.50
Perfect Friction £12. Doors open 7pm. Show 8pm
Six Irish musicians, among them four All-Ireland champions, blend classic contemporary tunes with traditional rhythms. This lively festival band has been featured on Irish TV and radio and they have shared the stage with The Chieftains, Paul Brady and members of The Dubliners.
Family ceili, magician, face painting and Irish dancing display. (Free) 12.30-3pm
The Navvies £10. 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!