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Blues & Hokum
Struggle Buggy is an acoustic blues band playing good-time blues, ragtime, hokum and more.
Featuring blues duo Lee Bates and Billy Newton, alongside Paul Summerson on Bass and Keith Smith on drums.
Struggle Buggy is an unique in being an acoustic Blues band playing Delta, Ragtime, Hokum, Jug Band and a little Chicago Blues. Lee and Billy have spent the last 11 years playing together and have built a reputation as being one of the best and most entertaining acts on the British Blues scene.
Before playing in a duo with Lee, Billy was the harp player with the Scandalous Bachelors - undoubtedly one of the finest and most influential R'n'B bands to have emerged from the northeast. The Scandalous Bachelors were even name checked by The Hoax as being their favourite band in the mid-nineties. Paul Summerson was the original Bass player in the Scandalous Bachelors and was known for his wild stage antics and his supreme skill as a bass player. After leaving the Bachelors Paul later went onto become part of acoustic Folk/World Music group Opas; here Paul showed his versatility on a variety of stringed instruments.
Drummer Keith Smith is a drummer with a great feel for the music, the kind you can't teach! Keith has played with such bands as: Roadhouse, Speakeasy and the Fabulous Wildon Bros. He has also toured the UK extensively with the Jazz Trumpeter and Broadcaster 'Digby Fairweather.
As Struggle Buggy the band deliver a highly entertaining show of classic Blues from artists such as Washboard Sam, Tampa Red, Big Bill Broonzy and Little Walter.
Live Music Venue
Set just outside of the city centre, Bonded Warehouse is a rare survivor of Sunderland's former industrial landscape.
With its exposed brick, original beams and distinctly urban feel, Bonded Warehouse is a unique venue housed in a mid 19th century warehouse.
Join us in the Tap House, our carefully restored bar located on the ground floor of Bonded Warehouse. A social destination for friends both new and old, it’s the ideal place to unwind in the company of good food and great beers.
Expect to see a selection of both British and worldly hops, carefully selected from some of the UK’s finest independent breweries including Allendale Brewery, Anarchy Brew Co. and Stewart Brewery. You can also get your hands on our very own signature Bonded Session Lager brewed exclusively for Bonded Warehouse.
We're proud to be introducing Tank Beer to Sunderland!
Our Tap House will also be home to our in-house Tank Beer system, which we will be pioneering in Sunderland. Brewed exclusively for Bonded Warehouse, transported fresh and direct from the brewery, our highly hopped session IPA Tank Beer is packed full of juicy fruit flavours, with an extended dry hop adding a punchy tropical fruit aroma.
But if hops aren’t your tipple, no fear, we offer a superbly balanced wine list, creative cocktails and a great selection of gins for you to enjoy.
Here at Bonded Warehouse we know good food to be the key to most hearts, which is why we’re coupling our drinks with a selection of small plates, rotating with the seasons to match your desired beverage.
We’re also proud to call our friends over at Fat Hippo, our new weekly residents! Meaning their bangin’ burgers will be served one day a week from our Tap House too.
Space in the Tap House is also available to book. Whether it's a family birthday or a corporate function, our range of rooms including the main Warehouse space and Tap House mean that we're ideal for events of all sizes.
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