Tyne Folk

tynefolk Singers
at Ye Olde Crosse, Ryton

First and Third (and Fifth) Wednesday each month.
(Tynefolk Zoom Second and Fourth Wednesdays)
See full diary here

Note: the pub currently closes early because of Covid.

This new venue should prove to be a great success where tynefolk will continue to flourish.

and any newcomers will receive a warm welcome …

tynefolk : New Venue,
New Day and New Times

Ye Olde Crosse

Tynefolk meets at a new venue:

Ye Olde Cross Inn, Ryton, NE40 3QP

Ye Olde Cross Inn, which is community owned, has superb facilities with a good choice of real ales. There is a separate entrance to the upstairs room for singing, a lift and a disabled toilet.

This is a new exciting time for Tynefolk, and soon we intend to arrange guests nights as well as the popular regular singing nights.

Weel May the Keel Row

Ralph Hedley's painting of Keelmen working on the Tyne

Weel May the Keel Row

Entitled, it is thought, 'Weel May the Keel Row', the painting by Hedley in 1905 exhibited at the Bewick Club in Newcastle, and shown again in 1938 at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle and Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead.

But when a Hedley exhibition was staged at the Laing Art Gallery in 1990, the painting could not be located.

Sheffield Carols, Wassailing
Traditional Folk Christmas Songs

'Carols at the Cross' Ryton Village
with the Brass Band on the Green
Tuesday 21st December at 6.30pm
Dates of Practises : 8.00pm - 9.30pm
Tuesday 23 Nov, Tuesday 30 Nov, Sunday 5th Dec
piano accompaniment by Ruth Brown
The Sheffield Carol words can be downloaded from carolsatthecross.org.uk

Sheffield Carols Wassailing

This year, to avoid the crowds in the bar:
Singing is in the upstairs room.

We request that people have a lateral flow test before coming.
Please stay away if proved positive, for the safety of all.

The Glinter Stone

The Glinter Stone

This is a new CD produced by John Bibby and Kim Bibby-Wilson in 2021

John and Kim are multi instrumentalists and the CD features tunes of Northumberland as well as songs sung in their very individual style.

'Mind Your Step' is track 3 of the CD and was written a few years ago by Stewart Hardy, demon fiddler of Seaton Sluice, who wrote it for the 21st birthday of Kim's daughter Meg. Kim plays mandolin and concertina on this one

Please contact us should you wish to purchase.

Glinter Stone : is a Northumbrian expression for a large stone placed at the side of the entrance to an archway leading into a yard or chare to protect the side of the wall from damage by the cart wheels.

The Geordie Revival

New article by Pete Wood

'Wot Cheor Geordie' occurred before the Folk Revival. Pete Wood makes the case.


Wot Cheor Geordie

Sea Shanties ... Black Origins

New article by by Jim Mageean

A look into the origins of these wonderful songs is long overdue.


cotton screwin

Get In Touch

Venue Address

Ye Olde Cross Inn,
Barmoor Lane,
Tyne & Wear,
NE40 3QP


Ed Lawrence:
0782 8070617

Lindsey Thornton:
0774 8777598