Bands rock Sunderland Minster

Adrian Woodland (centre) who is organising a charity gig at Sunderland Minster with l-r Rye Wilson, Paul Willetts of The Goodchild band, david Miller of Dead Dogs, John Sopp of Dead Dogs, Steve Barclay and Stephen Fay both of The Bunker

Adrian Woodland (centre) who is organising a charity gig at Sunderland Minster with l-r Rye Wilson, Paul Willetts of The Goodchild band, david Miller of Dead Dogs, John Sopp of Dead Dogs, Steve Barclay and Stephen Fay both of The Bunker

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A PROJECT which uses the power of music to reach out to people with drug and alcohol problems will raise the roof at Sunderland Minster.

The historic venue will tomorrow host a gig, The Projects, to showcase musical talents of community groups and up-and-coming bands, to raise awareness and funding for youth and adult outreach programmes.

Sounds Change workshops saw attendees with drug and alcohol problems use music to improve self-confidence and social skills.

As a result of the workshops’ success, participants will perform for the first time outside the sessions, as The Dead Dogs at the Minster.

Adrian Woodland, who is studying Community Music at Sunderland University, created the workshops as part of his final-year assessment in partnership with The Bunker and the North East Council on Addictions.

The 41-year-old, from Fulwell, said: “The workshops were due to run for just 10 weeks, but it was clear during the very early sessions that the group was benefiting from participatory music activity.

“As the members’ confidence grew, they suggested ideas to raise money for Sounds Change to continue once funding expired. The group was extremely keen to perform, which in itself was evidence of the progression we had made.

“It therefore seemed that the performance project, my second major module, would provide the perfect platform for The Dead Dogs to play publicly and demonstrate my practice as performer and facilitator – while raising awareness of the importance youth and adult outreach programmes have on communities.”

Split into two sessions, The Projects will see Adrian perform with his own band, The Good Child, during the evening alongside emerging acts including The White Elephant Band, and Built Like a Gun.

The afternoon session (2pm-5pm) is free, while evenings – taking place at Pure rather than the Minster – (7pm-11pm) cost £5. Tickets are available from Hot Rats, in Stockton Road, or at www.thesagegateshead.org.