GEORGE SHOVLIN & THE RADARS

  • GEORGE SHOVLIN & THE RADARS NEW EP

    GEORGE SHOVLIN & THE RADARS NEW EP

  • Blues Hall OF Fame Awards, September 14

  • At the TYNE BAR, Newcastle, July 14


"Sunderland blues legend and his band...."


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'George Shovlin and The Radars' are playing the prestigious Tyne Bar in Newcastle on Sunday 5th March. We start playing at 3.30pm. As some of you may know, this is our first gig since I was taken poorly last year. If you turn up you will be denied the 'Shovlin Shuffle' as, like many of the old blues players, I will be seated for this gig. But this will not always be the situation....so take advantage of the 'seated Shovlin' while you can.

VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! 'SUNDERLAND BLUES CLUB' opens on Friday night upstairs in the Dun Cow. We are going to provide great music in a great room in a great pub and you can find us playing once a month. Receiving great plaudits around the local blues scene, our 4 track EP is now for sale online. A superb night. View more information about that night on the new page...

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We are very proud of these videos, taken at the Great British R & B Festival in Colne, on the Blues Matters Stage, in September, 2015

 

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GEORGE SHOVLIN & THE RADARS


 

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"A new 4 track EP from the Sunderland blues legend and his band"


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The Band

  • George Shovlin-Vocals/Guitar
  • George Lamb-Guitar/Vocals
  • Stu Burlison-Bass/Vocals
  • Kev Scott-Drums

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Reviews


This brilliant, unique venue in the Butterfly Cabinet cafe-bar on Newcastle's Heaton Rd. is lovingly brought to life every Thursday evening by John and Andy, aka 'Monkey Junk'. Paintings of long-dead bluesmen look down on an all-ages audience. Coffee, Red Stripe, Wylam Gold; a giant chandelier; two musicians sitting at the front in half-light. If we are into yet another 'blues revival', then some in the North-East have just never left the music behind.
So now, performers such as Ray Stubbs, Jim Murray and George Shovlin move on to find themselves in danger of becoming venerable, the keepers of the gateway to blues authenticity! Tonight, from the opening words of Slim Harpo's Caribbean-slanted 'Got Love if You Want It', this room was held in rapt and silent attention. George's voice just gets better with age - no comparisons with vintage wine, please! This was his essential blues set that I know so well, but Lamby's rock-blues approach gave it a new, riff-based edge. Filling, extending and soloing beautifully, his accompaniment was always sensitive and responsive. He is a great player.
So we had a couple of early Muddy Waters songs, complete reworkings of 'Sporting Life Blues' and 'Pearline', Lowell Fulson's ever satisfying 'Reconsider Baby'. Out of the blues vein was Washington Phillips' gospel-sermon 'What are They Doing in Heaven Today?' Yes, George, I can foresee a late-in- life career move to the pulpit! I was moved. Tonight was never about 'blues covers' as, over many years, George has revisited, reshaped, buffed up and made this material his own. To me, this was never more so than on Jimmy Witherspoon's minor key lament 'Evening': "Evening, let me sleep 'til grey dawn breakin', I don't care if I don't awaken Since my girl has gone." If flamenco has its moment of 'duende', of deepest feeling, then this was the blues equivalent. Superb. Long-dead legends look down from the wall. Now listen as the blues voice sings on. Shovlin wannabees, just don't try gargling with bourbon and ground glass.

 


George Shovlin and George Lamb, Monkey Junk Blues Club, 28th. Nov. 2013 – Jim Bullock

 
 

First performed publicly while at college in 1970, at the college folk club and he went on to be an important member of the North East Folk Club circuit for over 15 years as performer and organizer. This involvement resulted in George establishing himself as one of the outstanding blues performers in the region, including supporting American blues legends Doctor Ross, Dave ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards, Cousin Joe Pleasant, George GP Jackson, Eddie ‘Guitar’ Burns, as well as British legends Jo-Anne and Dave Kelly and Isaac Guillory. He replaced Ray Stubbs in Pigmeat in the late ‘70s, and played with the band for two years. In the early ‘80s George teamed up with local blues harmonica hero, Jim Bullock and formed the seminal blues duo ‘The Biscuit Kings’. After playing throughout the North East for nearly ten years the duo broke up and George went on to form the George Shovlin Band.

George Shovlin(and the Radars)Band First played together in 1995. This band consisted of lead guitarist George Lamb. A veteran of the North East blues-rock scene, George first came to prominence in the 1970s as a member of the hugely successful North East-based ‘Southbound’. He went on to play with various bands and do considerable session work. This included recording with Jimmy Nail, writing a hit for Kiki Dee, and playing in the Eurythmics support band for their last world tour. Bassist Stu Burlison played in the 70s band ‘Gin House’, supporting Free, The Who, Genesis and David Bowie, amongst others. He was a member of the legendary North East band ‘Brass Alley’, whose drummer, Pick Withers, went on to join Dire Straits. The Shovlins quickly established themselves as one of the leading blues bands in the North East, an area renowned for producing excellent blues performers and bands. This line-up played high profile gigs – supporting Canned Heat, John Mayhall,( a two night support, followed by George doing a solo support for the John Mayall Band), Savoy Brown, the original Blues Brothers, Walter Trout, Roger Chapman and Coco Montoya, amongst others. They featured as guests on the Tyne Tees Television Arts programme @theLive, excerpts of which are available on YouTube. Their debut CD ‘Got Blues if You Want it....’(Mystic Records) has re-emerged as a highly sought-after blues recording. After a hugely successful performance at the Stanley Blues Festival in 2005 the band went their separate ways. But in February 2015 George Shovlin, George Lamb and Stu Burlison reformed the band. In this band, Ian Hamilton has been replaced on drums by Kev Scott. Kev, who was a founder member of the important Sunderland-based ‘Smalltown Heroes, with whom he released two albums and five singles, has also toured with the Jeff Healy band, Stranglers, Little Angels, Terrorvision, Thunder, the Beat, the Dammed and Erasure, amongst others, played all over the world as drummer in the Toy Dolls and has gigged most of the big music venues in Britain and Europe, as well as doing significant studio work. He is an excellent addition to the band and brings great depth and experience to their sound.

It is this band, which is now ‘George Shovlin and the Radars’. The band has been re-invigorated by the break in their career. Although always remaining friends, each member needed space and time after a busy, but not always well-rewarded 10 years. But they are back now, with a hunger, excitement and ambition to become the most powerful British blues band to emerge for years.


Dave Scott, ‘The Bishop’, Blues Matters magazine

"Bringing a new interpretation to the blues....."


The Band


George Shovlin & The Radars

First played together in 1995. This band consisted of lead guitarist George Lamb. A veteran of the North East blues-rock scene, George first came to prominence in the 1970s as a member of the hugely successful North East-based ‘Southbound’. He went on to play with various bands and do considerable session work. This included recording with Jimmy Nail, writing a hit for Kiki Dee, and playing in the Eurythmics support band for their last world tour. Bassist Stu Burlison played in the 70s band ‘Gin House’, supporting Free, The Who, Genesis and David Bowie, amongst others. He was a member of the legendary North East band ‘Brass Alley’, whose drummer, Pick Withers, went on to join Dire Straits.

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George Shovlin & George Lamb

Also available for bookings are the two George's Shovlin & Lamb as a acoustic duo.

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