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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 Davy Lamp Folk Club present...

Tom McConville with Andy Watt and Chris Newman

01 July 2017

A special treat!  Our great mate Tom and  Chris are old friends who've played together on and off over the years.Tom's an amazing fiddle player and distinctive singer and Chris is one of the most talented guitarists on the planet.  Andy is one of the new batch of incredibly talented young performers with which the folk scene is currently blessed.  They're all getting together tonight  just for us. Don't miss this one!

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Pass it On Tour: Alistair Anderson & Northlands + Folkestra

13 July 2017

The Pass it On tour is bringing top traditional musicians to audiences across the North East. From internationally acclaimed Northumbrian master Alistair Anderson, to the exciting up and coming talent of Folkestra – tunes and songs from the collections and living memories of North East tradition will being brought to life!

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Family Ukulele Workshop

02 August 2017

£4 each / £6 (adult and child)
For children aged 6+ and adults, suitable for beginners.  
Learn your first chords and join in as we all play and sing some fun songs together.  Ukuleles available. 

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Blackmore’s Blood

09 September 2017

A tribute to the magic of Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple to Rainbow
Ritchie Blackmore is beyond doubt one of the all-time great guitar players. From his roots with The Outlaws and his many session recordings in the sixties, through defining hard rock with Deep Purple and Rainbow in the seventies and eighties and on to the renaissance rock of Blackmore s Night, Ritchie has proved that he is a master of the guitar across a multitude of styles.

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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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The Davy Lamp Folk Club present...

Billy Mitchell

07 October 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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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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