Teesside Irish Festival 2018

The very first Teesside Irish Society Festival will take place from Saturday 10th – Saturday 17th March 2018.

We have organised a range of music events, film screenings, sports activities, cultural talks, music and Irish dancing taster sessions  – so dig out the tin whistles and dancing shoes and check out what’s happening below.

We’d love to see you at any (or all!) of the events and please do bring along your friends or family.

Remember, you don’t have to be Irish or have Irish heritage to get involved in the society or join in events – we are an inclusive society so if you live in or around the Teesside area and have an interest in Irish culture and like great music and good craic then we’re sure you’ll enjoy getting involved.

If you’d like to become a member of Teesside Irish Society click here. Becoming a member only costs £1 and you will get a members card and can enjoy discounts for some events.

We will be around to talk to you during all of the events at the Festival and you’ll be able to spot us in our lovely Teesside Irish Festival T-shirts.

Events taking place as part of the Festival will predominately take place in Middlesbrough, Stockton and Darlington, and as our society grows we hope to expand the festival to all parts of Teesside – let us know if you’re putting on an event somewhere!

 

Teesside Irish Festival events (Saturday 10th – Saturday 17th March 2018)

Kellys Heroes
A foot stomping Irish music band to kick off our very first Teesside Irish Festival in style!

Venue: Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Tees
Date: Saturday 10th March 2018
Time: 7.30pm
Admission: £12.50 in advance and £16 on the door. (Prices include Irish Stew & Soda Bread)
Book tickets online from Georgian Theatre / call 01642 606525

Traditional Irish Music Session
Join us for a typically relaxed good old session – if you’d like to join in then you’re welcome to bring along your instruments.

Venue: The Britannia Inn, 1 Archer Street, Darlington
Date: Sunday 11 March 2018
Time: 12pm to 3pm
Admission: Free

The Irishmen: An Impression of Exile (film screening)
Director – Philip Donnellan (1965). A rarely seen documentary about the lives of immigrant Irish labourers in Britain in the 1960s. Presented in collaboration with the Irish Film Institute. Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB:18 Promoting Irish Arts in Britain.

Venue: Constantine Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Teesside University (entrance through Middlesbrough Tower).
Date: Tuesday 13 March 2018
Time: 7pm
Admission: Free

1918: The Year Britain Lost Ireland? (discussion)
Panel of historians from Teesside University led by Senior History Lecturer and author Dr. Roisín Higgins. The historians will present some of the events that occurred in that year and then open the discussion to the audience.

Venue:  TP Coffee House, 21 Gosford St, Middlesbrough
Date: Wednesday 14th March 2018
Time: 7pm
Admission: Free

A Mother Brings Her Son to be Shot (film screening)
Documentary screening courtesy of Blinder Films and Spring Films. Written and Directed by Sinead O’Shea.
One night Majella O’Donnell took her teenage son Philly to be shot in both legs. Majella, Philly and his shooters all live within an extraordinary community in Derry, Northern Ireland. The “Troubles” officially ended in 1998 but this community is still at war. They do not accept the government or police. All this happens within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom. How do you bring your son to be shot? What happens afterwards? How does family life continue?How does a community respond? When do wars really end? For five years Sinéad O’Shea has filmed this shocking portrait of a post-conflict society.

Venue: Constantine Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Teesside University (entrance through Middlesbrough Tower).
Date: Thursday 15 March 2018
Time: 7pm
Admission: £5 / £3 concs and Teesside Irish Society members (click here to find out how to become a member).

The return of Of Rogues and Of Honest Men – Teesside’s Pub Opera with Mike McGrother

First presented at Stockton Stages 2017, this remarkable production portrays the history of Teesside from the viewpoint of the Irish Community who made their way to us in the wake of the Great Famine. Two sell out audiences laughed, cried, sang and even danced as the story of Mike’s ancestors was told by a combined cast of professional and community performers. Interspersed with film of his 2016 walk from County Monaghan to Teesside, Of Rogues and Of Honest men is packed full of traditional and original songs and a lot of craic!
If you ever needed convincing that Teesside built the world, this is the show for you. With a live score from The Wildcats of Kilkenny, the mighty vocal force of the Infant Hercules choir and table top narration from Mike himself, you will leave the theatre knowing that the Infant Hercules will most definitely go marching once again.

The piece concludes with a sneak preview of Mike’s next Pub Opera to be premiered in ARC later in the year as part of the Stockton Stages Festival.

Venue: ARC, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees
Date: Thursday 15th March 2018
Time: 8pm
Admission: Pay What You Decide
Book tickets online from ARC / call 01642 525199

An Audience with Ali McMordie

Founding member of Northern Irish punk legends Stiff Little Fingers, Ali will be interviewed by and will play some songs with Dan Donnelly, long-time friend and collaborator.

Venue: The Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Tees
Date: Thursday 15th March 2018
Time: Doors open 9pm
Admission: £5 in advance – limited availability
Book tickets online from Georgian Theatre / call 01642 606525

J’Oe Nearly’s Speakeasy
Mike McGrother shares songs, craic & stories about the history of the older generation Irish living in Teesside.

Venue: The Storytellers, Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees
Date: Friday 16th March 2018
Time: 2.45 pm to 4.30 pm
Admission: Free

Kila
One of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting bands – rooted in tradition, yet inspired by a myriad of influences and ideas from all around the world.

Venue: The Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Tees
Date: Friday 16 March 2018
Time: Doors open 8pm
Admission: £10 advance / £12.50 door
Book tickets online from Georgian Theatre / call 01642 606525
Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain.

 

St. Patrick’s Day events – Saturday 17 March 2018

Cleveland Irish Golf Society’s Annual St Patrick’s Day Tournament
Venue: Wynyard Golf Club
Date: Saturday 17th March 2018
Time: 10.00am

 

All-Day St. Patrick’s Day Event at Dormans Club
Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough

Daytime events at Dormans Club
1.30pm-2.30pm: Irish Music Taster Sessions – Tin Whistle, Bodhran and Fiddle.
 2pm: GAA Taster Session with GAA qualified coach Mick Madden
2pm: Irish Dancing Taster Sessions for Children and Adults with The Robson Academy of Irish Dancing.
3pm-4.30pm: Traditional Irish Music Session – all welcome to attend or join in!

Evening event at Dormans Club:
Irish music from The Executives with an Irish Dancing Display from the Robson Academy of Irish Dancing
Time: 7pm
Admission: £3 guests / TIS members & Dormans Club members £1
Tickets: Available in advance from the Dorman’s Club or on the door

 

All-Day St. Patrick’s Day Event at The Georgian Theatre
The Georgian Theatre, Green Dragon Yard, Stockton-on-Tees

Irish Dancing Taster Workshop For Children and Adults with Scoil Rínce í Muir
The Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Tees
Time – 11am until Noon (Children) / noon until 1pm (Adults)
Admission – Free (first come first served – limited places)

Singaround in the bar…
Venue: The Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Tees
Time: Noon onwards – bring an instrument or join in with the singing
Admission: Free

The Irishmen: An Impression of Exile
Director – Philip Donnellan (1965)
A rarely seen documentary about the lives of immigrant Irish labourers in Britain in the 1960s. Presented in collaboration with the Irish Film Institute. Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB:18 Promoting Irish Arts in Britain.

Venue: The Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Tees
Time: 2.00pm
Admission: Free
Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB1. Promoting Irish Arts in Britain.

Neck
London-Irish Psycho-Céilidh Rockers… The love child of Joe Strummer and Shane MacGowan; Neck inhabit a musical niche, rich in traditional Irish tunes – but liberally dosed with a strong punk ethic.
Venue: The Georgian Theatre, Stockton
Doors: open 8pm
Admission: £10 advance / £12.50 door
Book tickets online from Georgian Theatre / call 01642 606525

 

 

Leaping Leprechauns, Family Teatime Gig with the Wildcats of Kilkenny
Venue: ARC, Stockton on Tees
Time: 5pm
Admission: £12 for 2 adults and 2 children, £5 per additional ticket
Book tickets online from ARC / call 01642 525199

Sacred Heart Parish St. Patrick’s Dance
With music from Sean Kelly (Irish Country Singer) and an Irish Dancing Display from the Robson Academy of Irish Dancing.
Venue: The Erimus Club, Cumberland Rd, Middlesbrough
Doors open: 7.30pm
Tickets: £5 – In advance only, limited numbers available
Tickets from Eddie White on 01642 860227

An Evening of Irish Entertainment
Music by Ron Marshall and guests, with an Irish dancing display from Scoil Rínce í Muir.
Venue: Middlesbrough Bowling Club, Cornfield Rd, Middlesbrough
Time: 7.00pm
Admission: £2.00

Mother of All Parties with the Wildcats of Kilkenny
Venue: KuBar,
This event is SOLD OUT