Tyneside Irish Festival 2023


This year the festival takes place 13th-29th October, with plenty of music, dance, performances, and opportunities for you to join in! Please note the events below are still being added to, and some details may be changed before the event. Keep an eye out here and on our social media pages for the latest info on details and tickets.


Tickets can be bought on our Eventbrite, through our email tyneirishcs@gmail.com, or our phone 0191 261 0385.

Brigid O’Neill Duo

Friday 13th October


£10 / £5 concession

Downpatrick singer-songwriter Brigid O’Neill is one of the most versatile, unique and fearless storytellers on the island, and her music effortlessly weaves elements of folk, country and jazz into relatable tales of happiness, heartbreak and the human condition. Accompanied by the wonderfully talented Christine Jeans, Geordie legend, George Welch, will be supporting Brigid with consummate musicianship, brilliant songs and his own brand of wit and wisdom.

The Wakes & Paddy Nash


Saturday 14th October

19:30 – Midnight


Glasgow Folk’n’Rollers The Wakes and Derry singer-songwriter Paddy Nash are heading to the Toon as part of the Tyneside Irish Festival. The Wakes sound is a mixture of Celtic traditional music fused with punk rock and funk and with lyrics embrace their culture, heritage and surroundings: everything from immigration to employment. Their musical heroes include The Pogues, Dick Gaughan and The Clash.

Down By The Liffeyside


Sunday 15th October

14:30 – 17:00

£15 / £10 concession

Paddy Glackin, an Irish fiddler and founding member of the Bothy Band, is joined by duo Mary Corcoran on piano and Gay McKeon on uilleann pipes. For many years a much sought after session musician, Glackin’s fiddling can also be heard on recordings by Van Morrison, Kate Bush and John Cage. Gay McKeon and Mary Corcoran, husband and wife, have performed and recorded together, playing classic Irish reels, sets, and hornpipes that you’re sure to recognise.

Sally Glennon


Sunday 15th October



A lover of Country and Irish music, Sally began performing in the nineties, playing in live shows with her own band in the United Kingdom. Sally has recorded three albums, worked on her co-written E.P of four original songs, and is a popular entertainer throughout the UK.

Raised on Songs and Stories

Monday 16th October



Join local artists at St Mary’s Parish on Bridge Street in Sunderland for another installment of our Raised on Songs and Stories project, where we sing songs, play tunes and encourage anyone to get up and perform bringing together old friends and new, bringing together Irish emigrants who settled in the North East region during the 50s, 60s and 70s to celebrate their cultural heritage.

The Murder of Wolfe Tone

Tuesday 17th October


£12 / £10 concession

Historical entertainer Paddy Cullivan brings you the incredible story of the mysterious death of Theobald Wolfe Tone, the founding father of Irish Republicanism. An audio-visual spectacular featuring hundreds of images, shocking new research and incredible songs, Paddy dares to unravel the secrets and lies around what happened that fateful week in the Provost’s Prison in November 1798.

The Magic In The Tin Book Launch

Wednesday 18th October

14:00 & 19:00


Former Newcastle United player Paul Ferris is the author of multi-award-winning and bestselling autobiography The Boy on the Shed. Paul’s follow-up book is the equally brilliant, courageous, and life-affirming The Magic in the Tin. Inspired by the birth of his beautiful granddaughter Isla, this fantastic memoir continues with Paul’s successful battle against prostate cancer, providing belly laughs and tears aplenty.

CANCELLED – Why Shouldn’t I Go?


Thursday 19th October


£15 / £12 concession

Why Shouldn’t I Go? is a one-act play written and performed by Janet Behan and directed by Jessica Higgs. In a compassionate telling of three Irish women of a certain age with their very individual stories, these stories are not just Irish tales but contain universal truths about women, particularly our habit of succumbing to external pressures against internal better judgment.

CANCELLED – Learn Irish Music & Dance

Friday 20th October


£5 suggested

Fianna Ni Chonnail, a traditional Irish and Celtic harpist, and Derianna Thomas, our resident Festival Irish dancer, will be teaching a night of music and dance for the community. Both the experienced and new to dance and music are welcome at this event, where you can learn a short song and dance in a night in the festival style of dance, which was started by Patricia Mulholland in the 50s and has grown across Northern Ireland since.

O’Carolan by Candlelight, Sunderland

Saturday 21st October


£15 / £10 concession

Fianna Ni Chonnail, a traditional Irish and Celtic harpist based in Limerick, and Imogen Gunner, an award winning fiddle player and lecturer in folk and traditional music at Newcastle University, are here for a night of candlelight music to celebrate Ireland’s National Harp Day at the perfect setting of Trinity Church, Sunderland. Local musicians are also welcome to join in for the final part of the night.

Pat the Hat Speight


Will be around from

Tuesday 24th

to Friday 27th

In 2002 Pat Speight was appointed 1st Storyteller In Residence to Cork County Council, and is one of the founding members of Storytellers Of Ireland. Pat specialises in traditional Irish Tales, Folk Tales from the fireplaces of Ireland. He has stories to make you laugh, make you cry, and to scare and cheer, stories about Animals and Birds, Kings and Warriors, Saints and Sinners, Witches and Magicians, Pickpockets and Ghosts, Fairies and Mermaids and Mythical, Mystical characters that inspire and captivate the imagination.

The Cramlington Train Wreckers

Tuesday 24th October

14:00 & 19:00


South Shields-based playwright Ed Waugh is here to show a short film about the Cramlington Train Wreckers, accompanied by a performance with songs and recitations. This unique film features interviews with the surviving striking miners imprisoned for their participation in derailing the Flying Scotsman at Cramlington during the 1926 General Strike.

Raised on Songs and Stories

Wednesday 25th October



Join local artists in Consett for another installment of our Raised on Songs and Stories project, where we sing songs, play tunes and encourage anyone to get up and perform bringing together old friends and new, bringing together Irish emigrants who settled in the North East region during the 60s and 70s to celebrate their cultural heritage.

Welcome to the Rambling House

Friday 27th October



Join Tony Corcoran and friends for our monthly open mic night, free to all performers! Always sure to be a good Irish Friday night, there’ll be musicians, singers, and maybe even a few dancers for you to join in with.

CANCELLED – Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

Saturday 28th October


£15 / £10 concession

Join this award-winning harp and guitar duo (plus support acts) who are once again playing for the Tyneside Irish festival. Máire, one of Ireland’s most important and influential traditional musicians, and Chris, a prolific composer ,arranger and record producer, have played at hundreds of festivals worldwide, including the All-Ireland Fleadh in Mullingar, Co Westmeath this past summer.

Family Fun Day


Sunday 29th October



This is our family fun day for young people to celebrate their Irish heritage. We’ll have Pat the Hat with his music, magic and tales, the Comhaltas showing the musical skills of our young people, as well as Feis and Festival dancing, plus activities from the GAA in the morning, perfect for the whole family to get involved!

Ceili Finale


Sunday 29th October



For the final night of the festival we’re hosting a ceili where we’ll be joined by local Irish artists and dancers, not a night to be missed!


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