The Great Joe Wilson

The Great Joe Wilson


Tyneside Irish Cultural Society are proud to be supporting The Great Joe Wilson, a play (with music) about the greatest singer/songwriter from Tyneside and will be performed across Tyneside.

Joe Was born in Stowell Street (opposite Rosie’s Bar), ten yards from the Irish Centre.

The Great Joe Wilson is a co-production between Darlington Hippodrome and Wisecrack Productions about (arguably) the greatest-ever North East singer/songwriter.
This must-see comedy drama about The Bard of Tyneside has been written by Ed Waugh (Mr Corvan’s Music HallHadaway Harry, Sunday for Sammy, Laffalang). Joe Wilson died in 1875, aged only 33, but wrote 360 songs, many of which are still popular today: The Unthanks recorded Gallowgate Lad in 2011,  Keep Your Feet Still, Geordie Hinny has been covered dozens of times and  Sally Wheatley was an integral part of The Dubliner’ set.

From the moment he made his professional debut at the famous Balmbra’s in Newcastle’s Bigg Market December 1864, Wilson became a North East superstar and topped the bill at every major concert hall in the region, all with a capacity of over 1,000, some of them with capacities of between 2,000 and 4,000.  Based on Dave Harker’s new book The Gallowgate Lad,  The Great Joe Wilson features Joe’s words put to tunes by Pete Scott and Alex Glasgow. Starring top North East actors Micky Cochrane, Sarah Boulter,  the multi-award winning Jamie Brown and musician Jordan Miller, who has just finished a European tour with top North East band The Lake Poets. The Great Joe Wilson is touring the region in September. For further details visit:

Darlington Hippodrome – Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th September

01325 486 555

Playhouse Whitley Bay – Tuesday 11th September

0844 248 1588

Sage Gateshead – Wednesday 12th September: 3pm & 8pm

0191 443 4666

Alun Armstrong Theatre, Stanley – Thursday 13th September

01207 299 110


Westovians, South Shields – Friday 14th and Saturday 15th September

0191 427 1818

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