The life of Geordie songwriter and 'Bard of Tyneside' Joe Wilson will be celebrated when South Tyneside's Wednesday Heritage Club meets next week (8 August)
Local playwright Ed Waugh will be giving an illustrated talk, 'The Great Joe Wilson: the Life & Times of the Bard of Tyneside', at 2pm, in The Word, National Centre of the Written Word, South Shields Market Place.
Ed's will also be talking about his new play 'The Great Joe Wilson', which will receive its world premiere at Darlington Hippodrome, from Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th September, and will play at the Westovian Theatre, South Shields, on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 September.
This follows on from Ed's London and Theatre Royal sell-out show Hadaway Harry and last year's highly acclaimed and hugely successful regional hit Mr Corvan's Music Hall.
Joe Wilson was born in Stowell Street, Newcastle, in 1841 and died in poverty from TB aged only 33. He wrote songs about all aspects of working class life, from supporting workers on strike to unrequited love and condemning domestic violence.
Ed said: "We all know the classic 'Keep Your Feet Still Geordie Hinny', but that wouldn't even get into the Joe Wilson top-ten! With around 360 songs and poems to his name, was Joe Wilson the greatest ever singer/songwriter the North East has produced?
"Come along to the Wednesday Heritage Club and hear about Joe Wilson's South Tyneside links, including his time stage managing and performing at the 2,000-capacity Alhambra concert hall on Mill Dam, which was on the site of today's Mission to Seafarers.
"Joe's is a fascinating story and he was every bit as important to the North East as Rabbie Burns was to Scotland."
Tickets for Ed's illustrated talk cost £1.50 each and are available from The Word. Call (0191) 427 1818, ext.2for further information.