Irish Music Evening

Irish History Month 2020

From 1st March 2020


Across the city of Leeds

Did you know that throughout the month of March every year, Irish History Month takes place? An initiative brought about by the Irish Arts Foundation, first celebrated in Leeds in 2007, it is now in its fourteenth year.

See here for updates regarding the events.

Irish Music Evening


Throughout the month of March,


Hunslet Library and Community Hub , Waterloo Street, Leeds LS10 2NS

In collaboration with Leeds Libraries.

Throughout the month an Irish educational and cultural exhibition, ‘Timeline’, can be viewed at the Hunslet Library & Community Hub.

I Wouldn’t Start from Here: The Second-Generation Irish in Britain

Thursday 5th March 7:30pm


Headingley Library and Community Hub, LS6 3HG

In collaboration with Headingley LitFest.

Four Leeds-based distinguished second-generation Irish writers explore questions of identity and belonging. Ian Duhig, Ray French, Moy McCrory and Kath McKay ask the perennial question “where is home – here or Ireland?”Through their essays, fiction and poetry about music, family and history, they explore being ‘not quite British, not quite Irish’.

The Leeds Irish Centre : 1970-2020

Friday 6th March 10:30am


Thoresby Room, Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH

In collaboration with Leeds Museums and Galleries Services.

Irish Arts Foundation Director, Des Hurley, will chair a discussion and presentation, ‘The Leeds Irish Centre. 1970-2020’, with the Sociable History Club at Leeds City Museum.

‘Hello Delia Murphy’

Monday 9th March 11:30am


Montague Burton Resource Centre, Banstead Street West, LS8 5RU

In collaboration with Leeds Irish Health & Homes.

Carmen Cullen performs the songs and tells the story of her aunt Delia Murphy in her roving show ‘Hello Delia Murphy’.

The talk explains Delia Murphy's meteoric rise to fame and how the tradition she began has been taken up by well-known ballad groups and performers to the present day. Born in County Tipperary, now based in Bray, County Wicklow, Carmen Cullen is a writer, poet and performer.

You’re welcome here kind stranger….‘Home from Home’

Saturday 14th March 10:30am


Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall, LS5 3EH

In collaboration with Leeds Museums and Galleries Services.

As part of the ‘Sounds of Our City’ project, Conor MacMahon, will give a first public screening of his final year film, ‘Home from Home’. Conor is a Uilleann Piper and Film and Television Production Student at the University of Bradford and worked with Leeds CCÉ (Irish Music Association), Leeds Irish Centre and the Irish Arts Foundation to explore the current Irish music scene in Leeds and traces the history of Irish immigration to the city.

Irish Music Evening

Traditional Irish Music Afternoon

Sunday 29th March 4:30pm


The Kirkstall Flyboat, Granary Wharf, Leeds, LS11 5PS

CANCELLED! A traditional Irish music session in the inspired setting of the Kirkstall Flyboat, moored in the picturesque surroundings of Granary Wharf on the Leeds Liverpool Canal - featuring local musicians – all welcome.

Irish Music Evening

The Sunday Sessions

From Sunday 29th March 2020 4:30pm



CANCELLED! Between March and August 2020, on the last Sunday of the month between 3:30pm and 6pm the Irish Arts Foundation will be hosting an early evening informal 'session' of traditional Irish music.

Check here for updates regarding the locations of these events.

Appalachian folk music meets traditional Irish music

Monday 6th April 8:00pm

£ Pay What You Feel

Cardigan Arms Community Hub, 364 Kirkstall Road, Leeds LS4 2HQ

CANCELLED! Blending tradition, innovation and whimsy in equal measure, The Idumea Quartet deconstruct and reassemble Appalachian folk music whilst drawing strong influences from other genres.

The Idumea Quartet - Appalachian folk music

Des Hurley & Friends - Traditional Irish music.

Tuesday Night Live

Tuesday 21st April 8:00pm


Assembly Bar & Kitchen, Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre, Bennett Road, Leeds LS6 3HN

CANCELLED! An evening of traditional Irish Music and Song with special guests

Suggested donations of £3-£5, but no one turned away for lack of funds

Rush Hour Trad

Wednesday 27th May 6:00pm

£ Pay What You Feel

Seven Arts, 31a Harrogate Road, Leeds LS7 3PD

CANCELLED! Chill out with a drink or coffee after work for an hours traditional Irish music.

The Leeds Irish Music Programme

Fortnightly - see below 6:30pm


East Leeds FM, Old Seacroft Chapel, 1081 York Road, Leeds LS14 6JB

The new fortnightly radio show starting on Tuesday 2nd June will run initially for eight weeks. It will be presented by Owen Spafford assisted by Des Hurley and engineered by Elliott Moon from Chapel FM.

Now on the FM airwaves at 94.6FM! - Tune in fortnightly to East Leeds FM, ‘The Leeds Irish Music Programme’ Tuesday evening 6.30-7.30pm.

East Leeds FM have up a standalone radio show page on the Chapel FM website for the series to listen back to all the programmes.

The Leeds Irish Music Programme

Tuesday 14th July 6:30pm


East Leeds FM, Old Seacroft Chapel, 1081 York Road, Leeds LS14 6JB

The 'Leeds Irish Music Programme' on Tuesday 14th July will feature traditional Irish music from the 'Sliabh Luachra' region in the south west of Ireland. Find out how the local Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) football clubs are adapting to this season and get an update on the Leeds Irish Communities Covid 19 initiative.

Gaelic Language Conversational Groups

Irish Language Conversational Groups

Throughout 2020

Contribution to room hire (further details on request)

Swarthmore Education Centre 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD

CANCELLED! We are pleased to announce the continuation of the Irish language conversation group for the forthcoming academic year. The group, open to new members, is operated in a relaxed environment. The session takes place at Swarthmore Education Centre (Wednesday 6pm-7pm). It is ideally suited for those who have a little knowledge of the language already. tel: 0113 2787442

Gaelic Language Conversational Groups

The Roscoe Display

Throughout 2020


The Community Corridor, Leeds City Museum Millennium Square, LS2 8BH

CANCELLED! A recreation of the legendary Leeds pub, The Roscoe (formerly of Sheepscar interchange) is currently on display in Leeds City Museum.

The model is the creation of Dubliner Andy Gibney, a resident of Leeds since the early 1970's and forms part of the 'Story of Leeds' section of the museum.

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