South Shields Folk Club
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 £5 each for admission to a guest night and £2 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.


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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

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Our Diary


December the 21st
The Xmas Party
residents and visitors
December the 28th
Resident and visiting singers and musicians in the Riverside Room.

January the 4th
Benny Graham
residents and visitors

January the 11th
Jez Lowe
plus residents and visitors

January the 18th
Resident and visiting singers and musicians

January the 25th
Ken Wilson and Jim MacFarlane
plus residents and visitors

February the 1st
plus residents and visitors

February the 8th

February the 15th
Matt Price and Nathalie Fischer
plus residents and visitors

February the 22nd
Resident and visiting singers and musicians

March the 1st

March the 8th
Pete Morton
plus residents and visitors

March the 15th
Resident and visiting singers and musicians

March the 22nd
Pete Coe
plus residents and visitors

March the 29th

April the 5th

April the 12th
Resident and visiting singers and musicians

April the 19th

April the 26th

May the 3rd

May the 10th
Resident and visiting singers and musicians

May the 17th
Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham
plus residents and visitors

May the 24th

May the 31st
plus residents and visitors

June the 7th
Resident and visiting singers and musicians

June the 14th
June the 21st
Mary Humphreys and Anahata
plus residents and visitors
June the 28th
July the 5th

July the 12th
Resident and visiting singers and musicians

July the 19th

July the 26th
Bob and Gill Berry
plus residents and visitors

AUGUST 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th :- All resident nights.

September 6th
September the 27th
Resident and visiting singers and musicians

October 4th
October the 25th
Resident and visiting singers and musicians

November 1st
November the 22nd
Resident and visiting singers and musicians


December 6th
December the 20th
Resident and visiting singers and musicians



fRoots Festivals Page
Folk and Roots festivals list
Auckland(NZ)Folk Festival
Darlington Spring Thing
Shetland Folk Festival
Moor and Coast Festival, Whitby
Clennell Hall Folk Festival
Orkney Folk Festival
Holmfirth Festival of Folk
Ireby Festival
Garway Folk Festival
Wimborne Folk Festival
Durham Folk Party
Leigh Folk Festival
Cleckheaton Folk Festival
Ely Folk Festival
Furness Tradition Festival
Priddy Folk Festival
Folk at Nature's World
Stonehaven Folk Festival
Rothbury Traditional Music Festival
Saddleworth Folk Festival
Maryport Blues Festival
Warwick Folk Festival
Sidmouth Folk Week
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Saltburn Folk Festival
Bideford Folk Festival
Whitby Folk Week
Shrewsbury Folk Festival

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Or by road? RAC Route Planner

Or the AA planner

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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

Ashington Folk Club

The Black Swan Folk Club
The Bridge Folk Club
Cramlington Folk Club
Cutty Wren Folk Club
The Davy Lamp Folk Club
Durham University Folk Society
Edinburgh Folk Club
East Boldon Folk Club
Foggy Furze Folk Club, Hartlepool
Kelso Folk and Live Music Club
The Headland Folk Club, Hartlepool
Phoenix Folk, Ouseburn
Rothbury Roots
Stockton Folk Club
The Welly Folk Club
The Old Town Hall Theatre, Hemel Hempstead
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra
The Northern Sinfonia and The Cobweb Orchestra
The Sage Gateshead


The Customs House
The Marsden Writers
Gary Hogg's ToontoonS Site
Folk and Roots
Real UK Music
Robert Whitehead and the Danelaw Dance Band
The Studio, Hartlepool
Ron AngusThere's a lot of good stuff for acoustic guitarists on his website.
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
Dearman Gammon and Harrison
Dick Gaughan
Dick Miles
Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman
Debra Cowan
Derek Gifford
Doghouse Roses
Donal Maguire
Eddie Walker
Ed Pickford
Ed Rennie
Flossie Malavialle
Emily and Hazel Askew
Geoff Higginbottom
George Welch
Grace Notes
Graham and Eileen Pratt
Jack B. Burness
Jeff Warner
Jim Bainbridge
John Kirkpatrick
John Conolly
Jez Lowe
Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell
Judy Dinning
Keith Kendrick
Ken Wilson
Les Barker
Lynne Heraud and Pat Turner
Lyra Celtica
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
Robin Laing
Roy Clinging
Ruth and Sadie Price
Sandra Kerr
Scolds Bridle
Simon Haworth and Andy May
Stanley Accrington
Stephen Snow
Steve and Kristi Nebel
The Askew Sisters
Terry Conway and Liz Law
The House Sisters
The Keelers
The Wilson Family
The Young'uns
The Snapes
Tom and Barbara Brown
Tom McConville
Tom Lewis
Tony Wilson
Tim van Eyken
Vic Gammon
Wendy Arrowsmith
William Pint and Felicia Dale
Waterson Carthy


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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The Tyne Bank Brewery

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