Teesside Irish Festival 2019!

We’re delighted to announce the second Teesside Irish Society Festival will take place from Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th May 2019!

After the success of last year’s fantastic inaugural festival we’re excited to bring together exciting music events including a visit from renowned Irish Harper, Úna ní Fhlannagáin, London-Irish punk rock band Neck will be joining us and the very talented North East based trio the Jig Doctors will be bringing the party to Teesside. There’s also the opportunity to learn and participate in traditional Irish music, song, dance and GAA sport. Our festival is a chance to celebrate and remember the important legacy of Irish immigrants to Teesside and of course, everyone is welcome to join in our festival whether you have Irish roots or not!

We’d love to see you at any (or all!) of the events and please do bring along your friends or family. If you would like to become a member of the society it costs just £1 and you will be able to get discounted entry to some events as part of the festival and other events we organise throughout the year.

You can become a member of Teesside Irish Society by clicking here.

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 – you can buy one too as a souvenir!

If you’d like to get involved with the society or you’d like to put on an event that you think we may be interested in, then you can get in touch via our Facebook page here or Twitter page here, or you can also click the Contact Us page here.

Teesside Irish Festival events (Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th May 2019)

Thursday 9th May

A Pint of Politics Special: Militants & Rebels – Labour and the Struggle for Irish Independence

Georgian Theatre Stockton. 7pm, Free, non ticketed

A panel of historians from Teesside University and NUI Galway will discuss the labour movement in Ireland and Britain during the Irish revolutionary period. They will look at everything from the connections between the War of Independence and the North East of England to the radicalism that led to strike action in Belfast and the Limerick Soviet. Join this lively discussion including questions from the audience.

This event has been coordinated by Teesside University in partnership with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class at NUI Galway.

Friday 10th May

Jig Doctors (hot buffet inc.)

The Dickens Inn, Middlesbrough

7.30pm, £10 OR £15 for Jig Doctors ticket and a ticket to Úna’s concert on Sunday for TIS members (membership costs just £1)

Hailing from the North East of England, the Jig Doctors are an incredibly experienced trio of musicians. Father and son, Andy and James McLaughlin, join Martin Matthews to perform their infectious style of Irish trad which has touches of English and French influence. We’re delighted to also welcome Dan Hands who will be accompanying the trio on the fiddle – come and join us for a great night of music from some well-established musicians!

For tickets call Helen on 07834041881 or Eilis on 07399401524

The Commitments Sing Along Film Screening

Georgian Theatre Stockton. 7.30pm, £7.50 BUY TICKETS

A Teesside Irish Festival inspired sing-along with free drink and goody bag on arrival.

Saturday 11th May

Starting from 1.30pm, Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. No tickets needed, pay on door where applicable

Irish Music & Dancing Taster Sessions

GAA sessions (Gaelic football) (free)

Join us for some fun and friendly GAA sessions with a trained professional, everyone is welcome. Starts 1.30pm

Bodhran/Tin Whistle (free)

Try your hand at the bodhran– the traditional Irish instrument, or have a go at playing the tin whistle (if you have one already please bring it along!). All ages, events start from 1.30pm.

Irish Dancing (free)

Join the Robson Academy of Irish Dance for some Irish dancing taster sessions, the children’s session for ages 5 – 16 years is 1.30pm, adults is 2.30pm.

Irish Harp Music Masterclass from Úna ní Fhlannagáin (price subject to number of students)

Úna ní Fhlannagáin is an internationally renowned Irish harper and vocalist hailing from Co. Galway. As well as her performance on 12th May, she is giving a much-anticipated music lesson to those who are wanting to learn the basics of the harp – one of the most beautiful instruments in the world. From 1.30pm – 2.30pm

2.40pm – 3.40pm Music Accompaniment lesson (£3 to TIS members or £5)

Úna will teach you how to ‘accompany’ the role of a lead session musician so you can learn basic rhythms and chords and join in with informal sessions. Bring your own instruments (guitar, bazouki, keyboards etc).

3.50pm – 4.50pm Sean Nós Singing lesson (£3 to TIS members or £5)

Úna will also lead a traditional Irish singing lesson teaching you the techniques of this wonderful style of singing.

Emerald Celtic Rock Band

Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 7pm, Pay on the door £1.50 TIS members, £3 guests

A lively night of Irish pop and rock hits as well as some chart favourites from the likes of Thin Lizzy, The Pogues, The Corrs, The Script, U2, Snow Patrol, Mumford & Sons, The Saw Doctors and much more.


The Georgian Theatre, Stockton. 8pm,  (£7.50) BUY TICKETS

A six-piece ‘Psycho-Ceilídh’ band who mix the spiritual abandon of authentic Traditional Irish music with the electric energy blast of punk band madness – a unique London-Irish brew!

Sunday 12th May

Pop Up Gaeltacht 

Basecamp, 5.30pm, free, turn up before Una’s gig

Learn the basics of the Irish language before enjoying Una’s music!

Úna ní Fhlannagáin (harper & vocalist)

Basecamp, Exchange Square, Middlesbrough

6.30pm – 9pm, £7 OR £15 for Una’s concert and ticket for Jig Doctors for TIS members (membership costs just £1)

Join us for the festival finale! We’re delighted to present acclaimed Irish harper, Úna ní Fhlannagáin, for a stunning evening of music and singing. This is a truly unique chance to hear Una perform her beautiful music here in Middlesbrough in the surrounds of Basecamp. Join us beforehand at 5.30pm for a pop up Gaeltacht – learn the basics of the Irish language before enjoying Una’s music!

For tickets call Helen on 07834041881 or Eilis on 07399401524