The Big Trad Weekend 19th, 20th, 21st Oct

As part of our eight day celebration of Irish culture Tyneside Irish Cultural Society are dedicating a whole weekend to some of the best traditional Irish music around and are offering a limited number of cut-price weekend tickets for only £30.

There will be a fantastic double bill on Friday night (19th) from Buttons and Bows with the amazing Jackie Daly (Patrick Street, De Danann) on button accordion and Manus McGuire on fiddle, one of the classiest bands around, followed by the mighty Back West. Having played festivals and shows across Ireland, mainland Europe and the US, Back West make their UK debut in Newcastle. Individually they have an incredible pedigree with their members having played with Eddi Reader, the Riverdance show band, Arty McGlynn  and Cathal Hayden. Their bodhrán player was a dancer with Lord of the Dance too so expect some stepping.  Session players are welcome to have a tune after the gig.
Ye Vagabonds take the Saturday night (20th) spot with their close harmony take on traditional songs and their own compositions. These two brothers from Carlow have been making a big impression across Ireland and the World for a while now. Harpers Fiana Ni Chonnail and Lizzie Affolter play support for International Harp Day (Eire).

Sunday night (21st) is the finale of the festival with the great tenor voice of Kevin Morrin from Kildare with his band performing songs of The Dubliners’ Luke Kelly and many more of the great Irish ballads.

More details of the full festival at www.tynesideirish.com