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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...

The JayWalkers

01 April 2017

The Jaywalkers were  BBC Young Folk Award finalists 2009 and are  one of the most exciting, virtuosic and entertaining young bands around.  They've now played at many festivals and clubs with their mix of folk, bluegrass and country  we're delighted to welcome them back to the Davy Lamp.

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Easter Ceilidh

15 April 2017

with The Tony Corcoran Ceilidh Band
Dancing and traditional music for the whole family in the Low Barn.
Get on your feet and join in the fun at our wonderful Ceilidh nights. Don’t worry if you don’t know the dances as a “Caller” will lead you through all of them.

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The Davy Lamp Folk Club present...

Kieran Halpin

06 May 2017

A highly accomplished songwriter, Kieran is one of the hardest working musicians on the folk scene and is constantly touring.  He's a perennial visitor to the Davy Lamp  and it’s great to have him back! 

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The Davy Lamp Folk Club present...

Vin Garbutt

03 June 2017

Vin Garbutt is quite simply the biggest draw on the British folk scene and a huge name around the world, too. The Teessider has his own brand of off-the-wall humour which he blends with some of the most heart-rending songs you'll ever hear. Come and see a master at work!

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Clouds Harp Quartet

09 June 2017

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled - Hopefully Clouds Harp Quartet will visit Arts Centre Washington in the future.  For more information visit

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My Generation

23 June 2017

Back by popular demand! Take a trip back to the golden age of Rock n Roll! A nostalgic 60s show featuring the popular hits from the Peace and Love Generation. Featuring songs from The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Searchers, Hollies, Dave Clark 5, Tremeloes, Kinks, Foundations, and many more including a special tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. A show not to be missed!

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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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