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Music @ ACW

Arts Centre Washington has a thriving live music programme:

The first Saturday of the month we play host to the award winning Davy Lamp Folk Club,

The Catalyst Collective is a project created by Arts Centre Washington and supported by Sunderland Music Hub with funding from Arts Council England and The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). Our aim is to develop emerging musicians and bands through supported sessions and workshops. Our sessions take place at Arts Centre Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and are available to 14 – 25 year olds.  Find out More 

Some of the regions most exciting new bands take to the stage at Hothouse

Add to this our Recording Studio, Rehearsal Rooms, and participatory activities such as Beat It (drum circle for 8 - 12 year olds) summer schools and our community choir all help make Arts Centre Washington a hub for musicians in the region.

What's On:

The Jar Family

29 September 2017

Imagine, if you can, Steam Punk infused Bob Dylan wrestling The Pogues with Bez in a top-hat.
Hartlepool based The Jar Family are five individual songwriters and musicians, who decided that, rather than strive for success in isolation, they would join forces to pool their talent and create their ‘industrial folk’ sound.

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Roxy Musique

14 October 2017

A tribute to Roxy Music, the "most influential band of all time", who were fronted by Washington’s very own Bryan Ferry.
Roxy Music are mainly remembered for their timeless hits from the early '80s like More Than This, Avalon, Oh Yeah and Jealous Guy...but in the '70s Roxy were truly cutting edge and paved the way for punk (Sex Pistols), gothic rock (Siouxsie and the Banshees), disco (Chic), new romantics (Duran Duran) and alternative rock (U2).

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The Davy Lamp Folk Club present...

Anthony John Clarke & Dave Pegg

04 November 2017

Two consummate entertainers unite for an evening of outstanding song and music.  Anthony John is one of the top songwriters on the folk scene and he's joined by Dave, the legendary Fairport Convention multi-instrumentalist.

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The Davy Lamp Folk Club present...

The Folk Degree Students en Masse

18 November 2017

Welcome to the Students from Newcastle University's Folk Degree. They will play in a variety of sets with some beautiful vocal arrangements.
No need to book, just pay on the door.

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The Police Sting Show

24 November 2017

The ex-members of Hotel California , KT Tunstall and Fish return to the touring circuit with this new exciting project.
Re-worked , fresh versions of all the iconic Police and Sting solo album songs in a 100 minute show featuring an Acoustic Sting section.

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The Davy Lamp Folk Club present...

Billy Mitchell

02 December 2017

Billy is a great friend of the Davy Lamp and a wonderful singer and musician – as well as being a good laugh.   Billy has been very busy touring wiy the Pitman Poets recently and has just returned from a trip round the world. Welcome back!  We're in for a great night.

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Cozyjo’s Christmas Cracker

15 December 2017

COZYJO (City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra) and friends present and evening of Christmas classics to really get you into the festive spirit.  Please join us and support some of the most talented young musicians in the city.

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Christmas Cabaret

21 December 2017

A fun packed festive variety performance suitable for the whole family that will feature music, comedy, circus and magic.  Including acts for some of our brilliant community groups, young performers as well as professional acts and hosted by crazy comedy duo Marty Odd Sox & Pablo Fantastico.

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Damian Wilson & Adam Wakeman

01 February 2018

After many successful shows in 2016 & 2017, Adam Wakeman and Damian Wilson will embark on their latest acoustic tour. Featuring Damian on vocals and acoustic guitar and Adam on piano, vocals and acoustic guitar. They’ll be playing songs from their individual back catalogues and artists they have worked with, along with tracks from their joint albums, intertwined with stories and memories from their extensive touring careers in a show not to be missed.

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