New owner brings live music back to popular Roker pub

Live music will ring out once more at a popular pub which is under new ownership.

Thursday, 10th November 2016, 5:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:35 pm
Live music to be introduced to The Wolsey pub. From left, lamdlord Bob Klein, The Heavenly Thrillbillies band members Andy Fraser and Phil Wynn with bar manager Vikki Stormont

Although happy with the changes made at The Wolsey in Roker by the former owners, new landlord Bob Klein is hoping to make it a hot spot to see live music acts.

He said: “In the last eight years the people who had it before have really turned it around and it’s proving really popular, especially with the beer garden. “We won’t be making any changes decor-wise as it looks great as it is, but we do want to bring back live music.

“Sunderland has a great tradition of live music in pubs, especially in Roker. The Smugglers, in particular, has always been great for it, but with it being up for sale no one knows if the new owners will continue that.”

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Speaking about why he decided to take over the watering hole in Millum Terrace, Bob said: “We used to have a pub before about 15 years ago and we were looking at getting back into it.

“When the opportunity came up for The Wolsey it was perfect. It just looks like a normal pub from the outside, but inside it’s got a lot of character and atmosphere and a wood burning stove, which is what people want from a local pub.”

The first act to play will be Sunderland bluegrass band The Heavenly Thrillbillies who will perform on December 3 from 8.30pm. Entry is free.

Following that, Dave Lynas will perform on Saturday, January 21.

In between, there will be a charity carol concert night on Tuesday, December 13 at 7pm.

The plan is to have at least one live act a month at the venue and acts interested in performing are being asked to get in touch.

Bob added: “It’s quite a small venue so we’re looking for smaller acts of about two or three members, which would be perfect for the space.”