An Evening of Traditional Irish Music and Song

Tuesday 1st February 7:45pm


‘Alfred’, Stonegate Rd, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 4HY

Imbolc or Imbolg, also called Saint Brigid's Day, is a Gaelic traditional festival. It marks the beginning of spring, and for Christians it is the feast day of Saint Brigid. It is held on 1st February, halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Historically, its traditions were widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals—along with Bealtaine, Lughnasadh and Samhain.

Please note. In our continued adherence to the ‘rule of six’, only artists who have been booked in advance may perform.


An Evening of Traditional Irish and Northern-English Fiddle Music.

Tuesday 8th February 8:00pm


The Snug, Hyde Park Book Club, Headingley Lane, Headingley, Leeds LS6 1BL

The North of England has a long history of fiddle music stretching back to the travelling ‘dancing masters’ almost 500 years ago. The fiddle style is heavily influenced by the powerful rhythms of the weaving mills of Yorkshire and Lancashire, as well as the music of Ireland and Scotland.

This is a unique opportunity to hear three fiddle players from different traditions: Mikey Kenney, Owen Spafford and Nicolas Long, accompanied by Stuart Graham on Bouzouki.


An Evening of Traditional Irish and Old-time Music

Saturday 19th February 8:00pm


The Snug, Hyde Park Book Club, Headingley Lane, Headingley, Leeds LS6 1BL

Old-time music is a genre of North American folk music. It developed along with various North American folk dances, such as square dancing, clogging, and buck dancing. It is played on acoustic instruments, generally centering on a combination of fiddle, and plucked string instruments, most often the banjo, guitar, and mandolin.

Old-time musicians, Simon Robinson (banjo), and Evan Davies (mandolin) join forces with Owen Spafford (fiddle), Dave Bowie (double bass) and Stuart Graham (bouzouki).

The Leeds Irish Music Programme

All shows now available online


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

In addition to exploring different traditional Irish music historical regional influences and themes, the four programmes during Irish History Month will catch up with local Irish organisations Leeds CCE (Irish Musicians Association), Leeds Irish Health & Homes, The Leeds St Patrick’s Day Committee and Leeds Irish Centre. 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.

Exploring the Musical Traditions of County Leitrim & County Fermanagh

Throughout 2022


Supported by Arts Council England, the project also includes stories from the North Leitrim Leeds-Irish diaspora.

Available online now.

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