South Shields Folk Club
most Sunday nights at

The Customs House
Mill Dam
South Shields
NE33 1ES
Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30 start.


SSFC resident singers' and musicians' material is mostly traditional, as are most of the guest performers we book, but we do like to hear other kinds of music as well, and very much appreciate visitors who perform contemporary, country, blues, or their own material. Even when our guest diary is full floor singers are especially welcome, as are new resident singers and musicians. It'll cost at least 6 each for admission to a guest night and 3 each for admission to a resident singers' and musicians' night. Membership is free and once you're on the list you'll get email updates etc., and you'll be at the beginning of the queue for special events tickets which may also be a special (probably more expensive) price.

n.b.  Musicians who bring their own electrical equipment/amplification are required by The Customs House to have a PAT certificate for any such apparatus.


Our Diary   21/6/17 update

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Folk club contacts
The North East Folk Directory
History and Location
Festivals update 30/12/14
Other Folk Clubs' Links 10/3/13 update
The Ancient Mariners
Facebook and Twitter
Artists' Links
Some local breweries 29/5/13 update
The Live Music Forum
North East Folk Directory


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History and Location

Location first, and a good place to start exploring Tyneside is Jim Scott's website.

South Shields Folk Club was born in the early sixties as the Beacon Folk Club and met in the Beacon on the Lawe Top every Friday. Needing a bigger room, the club moved after a few years and for many years was known as the Marsden Inn Folk Club. We changed the name again after leaving the Marsden Inn, and for a few years before settling into the South Shields and Westoe Club we met at the Old Ship in Harton. From the 27th of January 2013 our new home will be the Customs House.

Metro trains are every 15 minutes on Sunday nights and these are the times of the last ones from South Shields:-
to St James 10.12 pm
to Manors 11.12 pm
to Regent Centre 11.27 pm
to South Gosforth 11.56 pm

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Folk Club Contacts

By telephone; Keith Cunningham 0191 510 1589, Brian Hunt 07971 828 465.

By email: Keith Cunningham

Facebook page

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Our Diary

June the 25th
plus residents and visitors
July the 2nd
Chris and Steve Wilson
plus residents and visitors

July the 9th
Resident and visiting singers and musicians

July the 16th
July the 23rd

July the 30th
Mary Humphreys and Anahata
plus residents and visitors

August the 6th
Resident and visiting singers and musicians

August the 13th
Resident and visiting singers and musicians
August the 20th
Resident and visiting singers and musicians
August the 27th
Resident and visiting singers and musicians

September the 3th

September the 10th
Pipe Dream
plus residents and visitors

September the 17th

September the 24th
Resident and visiting singers and musicians

October the 1st
plus residents and visitors

October the 8th
The Teacups Trio
(KateLocksley, Rosie Calvert, and Will Finn)
plus residents and visitors

October the 15th
Paul Downes
plus residents and visitors

October the 22nd
The Foxglove Trio
plus residents and visitors

October the 29th
Resident and visiting singers and musicians

November the 5th
November the 12th

November the 19th
Martyn Wyndham-Read
plus residents and visitors

November the 26th
Resident and visiting singers and musicians

December the 3rd

Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham
plus residents and visitors

December the 10th
The Wilson Family
plus residents and visitors

December the 17th
December the 24th
December the 31st

January the 7th
January the 14th
January the 21st
January the 28th

February the 4th
February the 11th
February the 18th
February the 25th

March the 4rd
March the 11th
March the 18th
March the 25th

April the 1st
April the 8th
April the 15th
April the 22nd
April the 29th

May the 6th
May the 13th
May the20th
May the 27th


fRoots Festivals Page
Folk and Roots festivals list
Auckland(NZ)Folk Festival
Shetland Folk Festival
Moor and Coast Festival, Whitby
Orkney Folk Festival
Ireby Festival
Cleckheaton Folk Festival
Ely Folk Festival
Furness Tradition Festival
Priddy Folk Festival
Stonehaven Folk Festival
Rothbury Traditional Music Festival
Saddleworth Folk Festival
Warwick Folk Festival
Sidmouth Folk Week
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Saltburn Folk Festival
Bideford Folk Festival
Whitby Folk Week
Shrewsbury Folk Festival
Fylde Folk Festival
Bromyard Folk Festival


Bill Redhead and Eric Copeland are
The Ancient Mariners
They're shanty singers and will perform at your function if you offer a bribe.
Contact Bill on 0191 456 4450.

Instruments for sale


The Pot and Glass Folk and Acoustic Club, Egglescliffe
The Davy Lamp Folk Club
Ashington Folk Club
The Black Swan Folk Club
The Bridge Folk Club
Cramlington Folk Club
Cutty Wren Folk Club
Durham University Folk Society
Foggy Furze Folk Club, Hartlepool
Kelso Folk and Live Music Club
Phoenix Folk, Ouseburn
Rothbury Roots
Stockton Folk Club
The Welly Folk Club
The Old Town Hall Theatre, Hemel Hempstead
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra
The Cobweb Orchestra
The Sage Gateshead


The Customs House
The Marsden Writers
Gary Hogg's ToontoonS Site
Folk and Roots
Ron Angus
Dick Gaughan's Website
The Kitchen Musician Website
National Trust Surnames Website

Artists' Links

Anna Shannon
Barrie and Ingrid Temple
Benny Graham
Bill Whaley and Dave Fletcher
Bob Fox
Bram Taylor
Brian Peters
Colum Sands
Claire Mann
Chris Milner
Chris Sherburn and Denny Bartley
Craig; Morgan; Robson
Annie Dearman and Steve Harrison
Di Henderson
Dick Gaughan
Dick Miles
Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman
Debra Cowan
Derek Gifford
Doghouse Roses
Donal Maguire
Eddie Walker
Ed Pickford
Flossie Malavialle
Geoff Higginbottom
George Welch
Grace Notes
Graham and Eileen Pratt
Jack Burness
Jeff Warner
John Kirkpatrick
John Conolly
Jez Lowe
Judy Dinning
Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham
Lynne Heraud and Pat Turner
Marie Little
Mary Humphreys and Anahata
Martyn Wyndham-Read
Nick Hennessey
Nancy Kerr and James Fagan
Pegleg Ferret
Peter and Barbara Snape
Peter Wood
Pete Coe
Pete Morton
Robert Whitehead and the Danelaw Dance Band
Robin Laing
Roy Clinging
Ruth and Sadie Price
Sandra Kerr
Scolds Bridle
Stanley Accrington
Stephen Snow
Steve and Kristi Nebel
Steve Tilston
Steve Turner
The Askew Sisters
Terry Conway and Liz Law
The Keelers
The Wilson Family
The Young'uns
Tom and Barbara Brown
Tom McConville
Tom Lewis
Tony Wilson
Tim van Eyken
Two Black Sheep and a Stallion
Vic Gammon
Wendy Arrowsmith
William Pint and Felicia Dale
Waterson Carthy
Paul Downes
Steve Hicks and Lynne Goulbourn

Here's a few session type tunes. They were recorded stone cold sober in broad daylight with the computer microphone so they have no feeling and they're a bit approximate. I tried to play them slowly enough for those who don't know them to pick up the tunes. More to come when I find the rest of the files.

Alexander's Hornpipe
Kid On The Mountain
Miss MacDermott
Ann Odd Reel
Another Odd Reel
Queen Of The Rushes
Mack's Rambles
The Honeysuckle Hornpipe
Roxburgh Castle
The Merry Blacksmith
The Old Copperplate
The Shaskeen
The Silver Spear
Coleman's Cross
Farewell To Whisky
Father Kelly's
Kathleen O'Hehir
Out On The Ocean
Over The Moor To Maggie
The Doon
Tobin's Favourite
The Tar Road to Sligo
The Humours of Tullyscreen
The Foxhunters Jig
The Battle Of Aughrim
Captain Byng

Years ago at Cramlington FC we formed a ceilidh band and these three reels were used for one of our sets.
Spoot Skerry (Fitful Head)
The Wooden Dolly, by Barrie Temple
A Shetland version of Soldier's Joy




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