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Geordie Entertainers A-Z

geordieentertainersThis a-z list highlights some of the more famous Geordie entertainers who have and still continue to entertain us throughout the years.

The list is not exhaustive list of Geordie entertainers and we will continue to add to it in the future as well as continuing to add links to publically accessible Geordie entertainment videos via our Geordie Television section.

In the mean time please feel free to use our comment form below to share with us your stories about your favourite Geordie entertainers and tell us about Geordie entertainers who may not yet be listed in this section.

Geordie Comedians

Geordie Literature / Writers

Geordie Musicians

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  1. Janice Dale

    just noticed that there are loads of great Geordie non swearing comedians missed from this list . The Dixielanders AKA Bobby Hooper and Billy Martin who when they had the Dixielanders Music hall at WhiteMare Pool there was an 18 month waitng list for weekends and 1 year for week days.
    Alan Snell
    Alan Fox
    Bobby Pattinson to name but a few

  2. Siobhan Coogan on Geordie author Jack Common

    Just noticed in your list of Tyneside authors/writers you dont mention Jack Common, one of our greatest. Check him out on Facebook

    Jack Common author 1903 – 1968. novelist essayist poet and socialist from Heaton,Newcastle upon Tyne.

    After attending Chillingham Road School, where he developed a lifelong love of Shelley, and Skerry’s College, Newcastle, where he gained some secretarial skills, Common found it difficult to extend his education or get a rewarding job. He became a vigorous speaker in socialist circles at the Royal Arcade in Newcastle and began submitting articles to left-wing journals.

    Common’s writing was warm, ironic and quirky – he ends his preface with: ‘We begin with a handshake – now be ready to duck.’ He soon won admirers throughout the 1930s as a writer with a genuine proletarian viewpoint, as distinct from the purveyors of middle-class Marxist fiction. In 1951 Turnstile Press published Common’s best-known book, the autobiographical Kiddar’s Luck, in which he vividly describes his childhood on the streets of Edwardian Tyneside, as seen through the lens of his adult socialism.

    There are four chapters on his life before five years old – a feat of detailed memory – while his mother’s alcoholism and the overbearing father whom Jack at length dramatically defies, form the dark background to the vigorous, at times bravura, narrative. The book found praise as a slice of Geordie naturalism, a convincing depiction of ‘the other England’ which so beguiled the imagination of contemporary intellectuals. On the other hand, its irony and subtly bitter universality went largely unrecognised

    In The Ampersand (1954) Common took the story further, but his publishers went into liquidation two years later. Neither book had been a commercial success and Common had not completed the trilogy with his long-promised Riches and Rare, a novel set in Newcastle at the time of the General Strike. Interestingly, Lawrence Bradshaw had used Common’s brow as a model for his bust of Karl Marx in Highgate Cemetery, saying that he found there a similar patience and understanding

    He inspired, prefaced and edited the compilation Seven Shifts (1938), in which seven working men told of their experience. Common and Orwell became friends, corresponding and occasionally meeting when Common was running the village shop in Datchworth, Hertfordshire, about ten miles from Orwell’s Wallington cottage. The impractical Orwell asked Common’s advice on setting up his own shop.At one point when Orwell was away Jack and his family moved into the cottage owned by Orwell.

    Jack Common, perhaps the finest chronicler of the English working class to follow Robert Tressell, spent his last years in Newport Pagnell writing film treatments at poor rates. He died of lung cancer in 1968, leaving a mass of unpublished material, now held in the Robinson Library of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

    His beutiful writing about life on Tyneside should be enjoyed by all Geordies everywhere. This year is 110yrs since his birth and to celebrate his legacy a series of events are being organised anyone who wishes to help leave a message all are welcome.

    1. Geordie H

      Thanks for the info … Obviously he is obviously now mentioned in the directory and linked from The Geordie Literature / Writers section above 🙂

  3. clare

    Ahem I think you’ll find Bryan Ferry is from Washington and is in no way a Geordie

    1. Geordie H

      Bryan Ferry was once asked about losing his “Geordie Accent”. Below is his answer … Least said 😀

      I think it was a gradual process for me. From the minute I went to university and started meeting people from the South, it started to change. When I’m with other Geordies, though, it comes back full and strong.

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