Both Tommy and I hail from Stanley County Durham and infact he used to drink in the local pub in Tantobie with my Great Grandad. My Dad used to sing me Tommy Armstrong songs and I am a huge fan of his work... decades on from when I first sang his songs, I am now the proud Chairperson of the Tommy Armstrong Society, a history and education organsiation which seeks to keep Tommy's work legacy and legend alive through community projects, performances and events.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic our 2020 plans have all been halted, but we have many exciting plans in the pipleine, including the development of new educational resources, community projects and a new, improved website which will host and archive Tommy's work for all, for free.
Each year we host an annual 'singaround' at the Oak Tree Inn, Tantobie, Stanley, County Durham and we welcome a host of NE folk singers to join us in celebrating and commemorating Tommy and our mining ancestors and communities who were the focus of his musical work and poetry.
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AN EVENING OF TOMMY ARMSTRONG SONGS, THE PEACOCK, TANFIELD, CO. DURHAM, 7.30PM
Come along and help us enjoy our annual celebration of the life of pitman poet Tommy Armstrong. As usual, there'll be lots of great singers including John Dixon, Bethany Elen Coyle,
Bill Elliott, Doreen and Bryan Henderson, Jude Murphy, Allen Crawford.
Event details can be found HERE
TOMMY ARMSTRONG (PITMAN POET) BLUE PLAQUE UNVEILING
STANLEY, COUNTY DURHAM - 1PM ONWARDS