Breakfast Folk – Family Folk Session



Breakfast Folk is a brilliant free-to-attend music club designed with young musicians and families in mind, every other Saturday morning in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne. Check news below or our facebook page for latest announcements or cancellations.

It’s a great place for musicians and their families to come and participate in folk music, where joining in is encouraged and tea and coffee are served.  It is a not-for-profit event run by volunteers and is free to attend. Contributions are welcome towards costs of the hall and tea/coffee.

For more detailed info, see ABOUT BREAKFAST FOLK


  • Breakfast Folk @The Hexham Gathering (5/11/2018)

    Breakfast Folk will be taking a break for a while, and for own last session we’re having an away-day – and taking BF to the Hexham Gathering, creating our own little fringe event! Please come and join us, spread the word and help us make this last-for-the-time-being session one to remember.

    The wonderful Queen’s Hall have generously donated their White Room for us to use. We’ll be able to enjoy views of the park as we play, then saunter across the road to the Bandstand at 11.15 to enjoy all the inspiring young people performing.

    So the details:
    Saturday 26th May 2018
    10am until 11.15am
    At the Queen’s Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS

    The Hexham Gathering is a fabulous youth folk festival.

    During the day – 11.30-3.30 – you can enjoy free music at the Bandstand from a wide range of groups, from middle school bands to newly-turned professionals embarking on their careers. At 1pm you can join in as Hexham’s own Hydroholics, together with Corbridge Middle School, host a short ceilidh. If wet, then bandstand performances will move inside the Queen’s Hall. The park and bandstand area is perfect for picnics, and there’s an excellent children’s play park on hand too. It’s a great family day out.
    In the evening – 7.00pm – there’s an exciting concert in the Queen’s Hall with Pons Aelius, Eabhal and 4th Generation. Tickets £12.50/ £8.50 (student).
    More details:

    The Queen’s Hall is a 5 minute walk from the new bus station and a little further from the train station.

    There is some time-limited on-street parking, and you may be lucky enough to get a space before it gets busy. However, if you are staying for the day the large Wentworth Car Park, next to Waitress and the Leisure Centre is the place to go. Most parking in Hexham is free, but you will need a disk if you use the short stay bays. There are signs explaining where you can get disks etc where they are required.

  • Saturday 3rd March (2/27/2018)

    This Saturday as a starter we’ll play through Irish jigs ‘Haste to the Wedding’ and ‘Ship in Full Sail’ then the Tyneside Songs (see sheet music)

  • Saturday 17th Feb (2/15/2018)

    Have a look at jigs ‘Haste to the Wedding’ and ‘Ship in Full Sail’ (sheet music) for this saturday….see you then!

  • Tunes for this Saturday (1/31/2018)

    Great to see some new faces last session – thanks to all who turned up, it was a fun morning.  This week (Feb 3rd) set tunes: Russian Girl/Nigun set and Hexham Races/Staten Island (see sheet music).

  • Set tunes for saturday 20th January 2018 (1/18/2018)

    Sorry for late notice! but if you get a chance then have a play through Shepherd’s Hey set and Russian Girl/Nigun (see sheet music)

  • Set tunes for Saturday 16th December (12/5/2017)

    Sets for last Breakfast Folk session of 2017 are Tyneside Songs and Shepherd’s Hey set (see Sheet Music page).

  • Set tunes for this Saturday (2nd December) (11/15/2017)

    This week’s set pieces are Staten Island/Hexham Races and Tyneside Songs (see Sheet Music page)

  • Summer Break (6/27/2017)

    Last session of the term this saturday (1st July) so don’t miss it!  There’s an extended summer break to encourage participation in the region’s family folk gatherings – Rothbury, Bellingham, Newcastleton to mention a few – then back to Breakfast Folk business on 9th September.

  • Easter break (4/7/2017)

    We’re taking a break for the Easter holidays – there’ll be no BF 15th or 22nd April. We’re back again on the 29th. But still a chance to get your family folk fix tomorrow morning (8th April)!

  • (11/14/2016)

    Congratulations to Byron for playing his first tune at Breakfast Folk – Russian Girl (see SHEET MUSIC PAGE) was the highlight of this week’s session!

  • 2nd Family Ceilidh – Sunday 27th November 2016 (10/30/2016)

    Following the roaring success of the ceilidh in March, the second Breakfast Folk Family Ceilidh takes place on Sunday 27th November 2-4 p.m.  The venue is once again the church hall of St James and St Basil in Fenham and we are lucky to welcome back caller Joey Oliver and fiddle player Sophy Ball to lead the dances.  This will be a great afternoon of music and dance for all ages so please come and join us.  See the Family Ceilidhs section for further details.

  • Family Ceilidh Success! (3/17/2016)


    YEAH! We had a brilliant time dancing and making music at the first family folk ceilidh – we stopped counting at 100 people, it was a brilliant venue and we can’t wait to do it again. Check here for news about the next one – we were thinking three a year might be a good start. More info about family ceilidhs on the Family Ceilidhs Page

  • First Family Ceilidh – This Sunday 6th March (2/29/2016)

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    Breakfast Folk Presents: Family Ceilidh

    Come and join us for Breakfast Folk’s first Family Ceilidh! An afternoon of music and dance for all ages. We’ve got the
    fabulous caller Joey Oliver (of 422) armed with loads of family friendly dances and games, fiddle star Sophy Ball (of 422 and Andy May Trio) to organise our house band, and a beautiful grade 2 listed space to dance in. Not to mention the friendly Breakfast Folk crew to welcome everyone, play the music and even make cups of tea.

    There’s also a chance to ‘join the band’ for two dances so bring your instruments! Music will be posted on here and on the Breakfast Folk website in advance (including easy parts) and we will bring copies on the day.

    Suggested Contribution to cover our costs:
    £12 per family / £5 per person / £3 per child.