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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’s (First) 500 Miles

In 2016, to mark the 25th year of Teesside’s most enduring live bands The Wildcats of Kilkenny, Mike McGrother flew to Ireland. Making his way to his ancestral home in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan and accompanied by Ian ‘the luminous one’ Macallan and Mick ‘The Van’ Riley, our Wild Rover walked back to Stockton.

Part historical research, part a metaphor for his mental health, Mike took one step at a time and hasn’t stopped since! Subsequent walks took him back to Ireland – to his beloved Kilkenny; to Belgium and France, along the Tees and latterly, during lockdown to the tragic site of Dibble’s Bridge in the Yorkshire Dales.

But these were more than blister-inducing treks… each walk revealed a forgotten tale of Teesside and resulted in a rich repertoire of songs.

Join The Wild Rover as he reminisces on his first 500 miles of in a night packed full of anecdotes, stories and songs concluding with, perhaps a clue to Mike’s future plans
‘… And I will walk 500 more’ I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), The Proclaimers

(Image by Ian Allcock, ENA Photography)

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Important Information

The UK Government now require all premises where alcoholic drinks are served to operate on a table service only basis. This means that our bars cannot operate as they normally would and all drinks must be served to customers once they are seated. As a result we now have a new process a in place that means we need to ask all customers to pre-order their drinks in advance. The bar will not be open for sales on the evening.

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