Irish Festival 2021

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Festival Events

Michael McGoldrick and Dezi Donnelly – Fri 1st October

Fiddle and flute from these two great musicians that are in high demand from artists such as Mark Knopfler, Bob Dylan and Sharon Shannon.

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Liam Ó’Maonlaí (Hothouse Flowers) – Sat 2nd October

Liam Ó Maonlaí is one of the most talented, charismatic and soulful performers of Irish traditional music today. Since first bursting onto the scene in the 1980’s with his band Hothouse Flowers, Liam has captured the attention of audiences, critics and musicians alike.

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Irish flute workshop with Jacquelyn Hynes – Sat 2nd October

A fun and friendly tune and ornamentation ensemble workshop on traditional Irish Flute and Whistle (wooden and silver flutes and D whistles high and low all welcome)

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Celebrating our traditions – Thurs 7th October

An event by the organisation The Living Tradition featuring music and poetry from different parts of the world including Ireland.

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Liam Turner’s Country & Irish Show – Fri 8th October

Dance and sing along to popular Irish music, country music and Irish folk songs, featuring songs from The Pogues, The Fureys, Van Morrison, Damien Rice, The Saw Doctors and many more.

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Jigs to Jacobites – Wed 13th October

Dr Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain is course director at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Her book, Jigs to Jacobites: 4000 years of Irish history told through 40 traditional set dances will be brought to life with live dancing and multimedia displays.

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Kathleen and Me (Film and talk) – Thurs 14th Oct

A film by Janet Behan about her grandmother, Kathleen Behan. Not just a portrait of this extraordinary woman, but a vivid, eye-witness account of the birth of the Irish Republic. It’s full of great stories and songs, some of them written by Kathleen's brother, Peadar, writer of the lyrics to The Soldier's Song. Kathleen also talks candidly and movingly about her son, “little poet,” Brendan.

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Sherburn Bartley Sanders – Fri 15th October

In 2016 Chris and Denny joined forces with Emily Sanders (fiddle/viola and vocals) and have since become a well-established trio, for the first time blending vocal harmonies and strings to underpin Chris and Denny’s unique sound, as well as providing a female lead vocal for some songs, and bringing a repertoire of English folk songs to complement the band’s more Celtic and traditional roots.

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Lecture – The Anglo-Irish Treaty and its consequences – Tues 19th October

“Full Canadian powers” or “Ireland's right, full independence and nothing short of it”? The Anglo-Irish Treaty and its consequences.
Dr Martin O'Donoghue is a teaching associate in Modern British and Irish History at The University of Sheffield. Free event.

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Mary Coughlan – Sat 23rd Oct

Described as ‘Ireland’s Billie Holiday’ Mary has overcome childhood trauma, alcoholism & drug addiction to become a musical force like no other.

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Papa Lazarou Band – Sat 23rd Oct

Classic Irish rock covers, including songs by Thin Lizzy, U2, The Pogues and The Undertones.

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ROSS – Tues 26th Oct

Every month ROSS is on the road to a local venue where there is a lunch, live Irish music and entertainment. This meeting will take place in Middlesbrough.

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Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman – Fri 29th Oct

A celebration of the national emblem of Ireland, the harp.
Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman with guest Fiana Ní Chonnail.
The celebrated virtuoso partnership of “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY) and “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS).

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Carmel Kelly – Sat 30th Oct

Carmel Kelly is a children's author and creator of children's books. She will present tales, extracts and illustrations from her books.

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Harp Workshop – Sat 30th Oct

Fiana has led workshops for many organisations, including the Blossom Harp School, The Transpennine Harps Society, and Glasgow Harp Society. Come along and learn from one of Ireland's great young talents!

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Family Day – Sun 31st Oct

Fun and games for the younger ones with live music from the Newcastle branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, storyteller, and Irish dancing displays.

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Samhain Fest – Sun 31st Oct


Invitation Only


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