Tyne Folk

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.

Wednesday 6th OctSingers Night7.30pm - 10pm
Wednesday 13th Octtynefolk Zoom7.30pm - 10pm
Wednesday 20th OctSingers Night Theme7.30pm - 10pm
Wednesday 27th Octtynefolk Zoom7.30pm - 10pm

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 …

Singers Night Theme

Wednesday 20th October

Ronnie Palmer May 1931 - August 2021

Ronnie Palmer

Ronnie at the black Bull celebrating his ninetieth birthday on May 5th 2021

Ronnie Palmer's singing and whistling was as individual as he was.

We wish to recognise his contribution to tynefolk and the folk scene in general.

If you feel able to sing one of Ronnie's songs during the evening, you would be most welcome.

And some of you will be sure to have memories of happy times in his company.

tynefolk - First Night at Ye Olde Cross, Ryton

Successful first night at our new venue

Ye Olde Crosse

We were all very excited at the prospect of tynefolk meeting at Ye Olde Cross in Ryton on Wednesday September 1st

Just how many would arrive, bearing in mind how cautious we all were?

Well, it was a great turnout, and so pleasing to see familiar faces and new faces. Two joined us from the bar when they heard the singing, and one gave us ‘Waters of Tyne’ accompanying himself on the piano

Everyone arrived wearing masks, and continued to do so when they moved from their seat.

The room is spacious, allowing the tables to be well spaced out.

Everyone enjoyed the singing, especially the chorus songs, sung with enthusiasm, and the splendid acoustics were often commented upon.

There was general agreement that Ye Olde Cross is a good choice of venue for tynefolk.

A very successful first night to get the show on the road

The Glinter Stone

The Glinter Stone

This is a new CD produced by John Bibby and Kim Bibby-Smith 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.

Tynefolk Songs During Lockdown

See all the Tynefolk Lockdown Songs here.

tynefolk turned to Zoom during lockdown over the past year, in order to keep the folk club active.

The regulars were able to carry on singing in each others' company, maintain contact with conversation, much light hearted banter and laughter.

But what has turned out has been much more.

Lively discussion of the songs became a feature with the singers explaining why they chose the song and providing some background history.

A year later we are still zooming.

We thought this an appropriate time to record some of the songs that were important to tynefolk singers during this period.

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.


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Get In Touch

Venue Address

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


Ed Lawrence:
0782 8070617

Lindsey Thornton:
0774 8777598