The Davy Lamp Folk Club 50 Years Reunion

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As part of the Celebrations for 60years of Washington New Town
The Davy Lamp Folk Club 50 Years Reunion

1974 – The Davy Lamp opened in ‘Insticart’, the temporary premises of Arts Centre, Washington, in Usworth Miners’ Welfare.

In the years that followed, the folk club moved with the Arts Centre to its permanent home in Biddick and became an integral part of Washington’s musical culture, showcasing guests from the region, the UK and around the world. The Club also organised a yearly Folk Festival in the Arts Centre, as well as summer events in the local parks, fund-raising concerts, instrument and singing workshops for budding performers. The Club also collaborated with the Folk Degree students from Newcastle University, handing the reins to them for one night every year, to give them the opportunity to play to a large and discerning audience.

In 2001, the Davy Lamp was awarded the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Club of the Year trophy.
The Club also programmed and helped to steward a one-off Sunderland Folk Festival in 2011.

13th July, 2024 – After 50 years, we are celebrating past residents, regular performers and club favourites. We’ll be getting together with a host of talented local artists as well as regular members of the club.
The residents- Terri & Eric Freeman, Eric Copeland, Colin Irvine, Ken Tonge and Tony Winlow will be joined on the night by one of the founder members, Bob Fox, alongside Billy Mitchell, George Welch & Christine Jeans, Ed Pickford, Tony Wilson, Benny Graham, Marie Little, Bill Elliott & Kevin Youldon, Stu Luckley, Mick Doonan, Kevin Doonan, Phil Murray, Jed Grimes, Barry & Ingrid Temple, Ken Wilson, Alan Fitzsimmons, Johnny Handle ……

This will be a great night and a chance to remember some of the wonderful performers that we’ve lost in recent years – founder members Frank O’Neill, Barrie Dipper and Don Day, as well as Joss Kennedy, Doreen Henderson and Jimmy Irvine.

Any money raised on the night will go to charity.

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