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The Wild Rover: Joe's Speakeasy, Online!

Due to new restrictions surrounding COVID-19 this event will be taking place online. Closer to the time we will contact you with a link to view the event from the comfort of your home.

How to book and access the stream.

To get access to this event you simply need to book a ticket as you would for a normal event.

You won't receive any physical tickets, but this will make sure we have your details to send you a link to the stream. We will email this to all customer who have booked by 12pm on the day of the event when bookings close.

If you have any questions about booking for one of our online events please contact the Box Office on 01642 525199 or email [email protected] and we'll be happy to answer your questions.

The Wild Rover. Mo Ghile Mear.

Mike McGrother is without doubt ARC’s longest, most and enduring performer. His musical and community contribution to the building began way back in 1999 when The Wildcats Of Kilkenny provided us with our very first sold out gig. 21 years later his performances – with and without the band continue to draw audience and critical acclaim and we couldn’t think of anyone better to help us re-open our live events in style! Mo Ghile Mear serves as an ARC mini-residency for our very own Wild Rover in three very different shows full of the musical diversity the observational Teesside craic he has become known and loved for. Tickets for all shows are available on Pay What You Decide basis and strictlty limited in order to comply with ongoing social distancing regulations.

The Wild Rover: Joe's Speakeasy, Online!

When Mike McGrother shared a pint, (or four!)… with a stranger called Joe Hall a Pint in The Storyteller’s Pub, neither of them could have predicted that their shared afternoon would become what can only be described as an extraordinary project in Teesside. That first meeting and the subsequent death of Joe have resulted in Joe’s Speakeasy – regular gatherings of older residents whose stories and memories become immortalised in song. Ranging from hilarious antics of younger days to the tragic loss of loved ones to the day to day struggles of remembering anything at all, each song evokes the spirit of (extra)ordinary Teessiders who thought they had been forgotten.

Tonight is a chance to step into the currently suspended Speakeasy as Mike shares many of the songs penned to date AND perhaps as the beer flows he’ll uncover new stories of the people and places of the place he so proudly calls home.
‘Each of you has a distinctive voice. When you find it, your story will be told’. John Grisham

The Wild Rover: Joes Speakeasy has moved online.

The Wild Rover's return is near. It's not going to go down like we first thought, but a little bit of set dressing can go a long way. Live to your living room from The Wildcats Virtual Bar, The Wild Rover brings you Joe's Speakeasy, Online!

This Saturday grab your favourite tipple, turn down the lights and settle in for a lock in like no other. Joined by Dan Donnelly, and a Wildcat or two, Mike will recount the origins of Joes Speakeasy and share some of the incredible stories of the everyday Teessiders he's met since the speakeasy first threw open it's doors. Ranging from hilarious antics of younger days to the tragic loss of loved ones to the day to day struggles of remembering anything at all, each song evokes the spirit of some (extra)ordinary local people who thought they had been forgotten.

Lockdown may be keeping us apart physically, but we can all still raise a glass and remember some amazing stories from the everyday people who call Teesside home.

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This performance is priced on a Pay What You Decide basis, which means that tickets are available to book in advance as usual, but there is no obligation for you to pay until after you have seen the show. You can then decide on a price which you think is suitable based on your experience. Click here to find out more.


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