The best of Irish music and arts on display across town on return from Leeds Gathering

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THE 16th Leeds Gathering Festival returns this month – with some of Ireland’s most established and emerging artists on the program.

The popular event is a citywide celebration of Irish music and arts, designed to appeal to people of Irish descent as well as those from the wider community.

For 2021, they continue this theme, with a month of planned events bringing the best of Irish culture to Leeds.

The organizers of the Irish Arts Foundation confirm: “The Sixteenth Leeds Gathering Festival is a celebration of traditional Irish music and song from Thursday October 28 through Tuesday November 23.

“Our aim is to bring you the best examples of established and emerging local Irish musicians,” they add, “and we are sure you will enjoy it.”

Here’s the full list of what you can expect from the festival – for tickets or more information click here or visit the Irish Arts Foundation Facebook page here.

Irish events will take place in Leeds in the coming weeks

Leeds Gathering Festival Calendar

Thursday October 28, 8 p.m. Samhain …. almost!

An evening of traditional Irish music and songs. Meaning “End of summer” and pronounced saah-win or saa-ween, “Samhain” is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the darker half of the year. In the northern hemisphere, it takes place on November 1, but with celebrations starting on the evening of October 31, as the Celtic day begins and ends at sunset.

Free Event The Highland, Cavendish St, Leeds LS3 1LY

Wednesday November 3, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Creative Takeover

On the first Wednesday of each month, our friends at the Irish Arts Foundation join us with some amazing live music. There is always something to watch or listen to, get ready to be entertained.

Free event – In collaboration with Left Bank Leeds www.leftbankleeds.org.uk.

Left bank Leeds, Cardigan Road (opposite Milford), Leeds LS6 1LJ

Friday November 5, 12:15 p.m. Lunch Club for over 55s

New people are always welcome in the relaxed Irish environment of the Montague Burton Resource Center. This week and to celebrate the Leeds Gathering Festival, musicians from the Irish Arts Foundation will present intergenerational and participatory performances of Irish music and song.

For more information contact Leeds Irish Health & Homes. Tel 0113 2625614 www.lihh.org. Montague Burton Resource Center, Banstead Street West, Roundhay Road, Leeds LS8 5RU

Tuesday November 9 12:15 p.m. Tuesday Club

The weekly Tuesday club includes bingo and refreshments. This Tuesday features music from Irish Arts Foundation musicians Kevin Mullowney and Gerry Brownridge.

Contact Leeds Irish Center to find out how to join the Tuesday Club. 0113 2480887 www.theleedsirishcentre.co.uk.

Leeds Irish Center, York Road, Leeds LS9 9NT

Wednesday 10 November, 11 a.m. South Leeds Irish Elders Group

The South Leeds Irish Elders Group meets every fortnight. This week, musicians from the Irish Arts Foundation will present intergenerational and participatory performances of Irish music and songs.

For more information contact Leeds Irish Health & Homes. Tel 0113 2625614 www.lihh.org.

Beeston Community and St Mary’s Parish Hall, Town Street, Leeds LS11 8PN

Wednesday November 10, 6 p.m. Rush Hour Trad

Relax with a drink or coffee after work for an hour of traditional Irish music.

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

Sunday November 14, 2:30 p.m. Traditional Irish Music Afternoon

An afternoon of traditional Irish music with special guests.

Free event, at New George, 2-4 Commercial Road, Leeds LS5 3AQ

Tuesday November 16, 7 p.m. Tuesday Night Live

The Christy Herron Band: a musical evening of rhythm and blues. Tickets £ 5.00 available at HEART reception and online https://www.heartcentre.org.uk/events.

The Shire Oak Room, Headingley Enterprise and Arts Center (HEART), Bennett Road, Leeds LS6 3HN

Friday November 19, 7 p.m. Friday Night Live

An evening of traditional Irish music and songs with special guests.

Tickets £ 7.00 available at HEART reception and online https://www.heartcentre.org.uk/events.

The Shire Oak Room, Headingley Enterprise and Arts Center (HEART), Bennett Road, Leeds LS6 3HN

Tuesday 23 November, 8:45 p.m. Leeds Irish Music Program

“Not just denigrating standards and old favorites, but a sensitive educational series exploring the different regional traditions of Ireland, as absorbing for the expert as for the layman,” as Ian Duhig of The Irish Times describes it.

Streamed online on East Leeds FM, all shows are now available online at https://www.chapelfm.co.uk/elfm-player/shows/list/leeds-irish-music-programme/East Leeds FM.

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

Throughout November ‘Timeline’: information display on cultural historical chronology In collaboration with Leeds Libraries.

Free event. Seacroft Library and Community Center, Deacon House, 1 Seacroft Avenue, Leeds LS14 6JD


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