First class blues rooted in the heart of the North East.....

George Shovlin
George Shovlin was inducted into the American Heritage Blues Hall Of Fame. He is an icon in local blues circles and throughly deserves his place in the Blues Hall Of Fame.
Sedgefield Blues Club

George Shovlin and The Radars

Originally played as the George Shovlin Blues Band, between 1995 and 2005. In 2014, the same band re-formed as ‘George Shovlin and The Radars’ with the prime intention of establishing themselves on the National blues scene.

After making a huge impact in the NE, they very quickly progressed to playing a number of prestigious Northern gigs and finally playing the Great British Rock and Blues Festival, Skegness, followed by festival appearances at Fife Jazz and Blues Festival, Reivers Rock and Blues Festival, Durham Blues Festival, Diggle Blues Festival, Maryport Blues Festival, Mainsforth Music Festival, Bell Rock Blues Festival, Arbroath, culminating in playing on the British 'Blues Matters' Stage at the Great British Rock and Blues Festival, Colne, at the end of August. In January, 2016 the band played again at the Great British R & B Festival, Skegness as well as a number of other festivals and commenced a short national tour in May, 2016.

This year they have already played at the Durham and Cleethorpes Blues Festivals and are booked to play the Southport and Bowness Bay Blues Festivals in 2018. In March, 2018 the band embarks on a 5-date tour of SE England.

George Shovlin and George Lamb – the duo

George Shovlin and George Lamb…lead guitarist in the band…have played as a duo since the mid 1990s, in response to local NE demand but their blues/Americana performances have resulted in increasing recognition. They have now played a number of significant gigs as a duo, including Rievers Rock and Blues, Skegness, Colne and Southport Blues Festivals. And the duo also is booked to play the Southport and Bowness Bay Blues Festivals in 2018.

The material we play is different…still blues but with an infusion of Americana.
George Shovlin & George Lamb
The way George Lamb plays the guitar is a jaw dropping experience. He can certainly make it sing!
Helen Taylor: Imperial, Mexbrough

Gigs: 2018-Band

  • 18 Jan-18: Sour Grapes, Morpeth
  • 19 Jan-18: The Cleveland Bay, Yarm
  • 24 Jan-18: Quakerhouse, Darlington
  • 6 Mar-18: Tuesday Night Music Club, Coulsdon, Surrey
  • 7 Mar-18: Anchor Inn, Sevenoaks, Kent
  • 8 Mar-18: Wrotham Arms, Broadstairs
  • 9 Mar-18: The Music Lounge, Chesters Bar, Southen on Sea
  • 10 Mar-18: Blues at Barleylands, Billericay
  • 16 Mar-18: The Cleveland Bay, Yarm
  • 24 Mar-18: Bowness Bay Blues Festival, Storrs Hall Hotel 5.30-7.00pm

Gigs: 2018-Duo

  • 24 Mar-18: Bowness Bay Blues Festival, Quayside Bar 12.30-2.30pm
  • 16 May-18: Bath Hotel, Sheffield
  • 30 Jun-18: Philadelphia Beer Festival


Every Thursday we have the 'Speakeasy' live Blues and Acoustic music by George Shovlin and friends starting from 8:30pm; a great night all round and entry is free.
Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland, SR6 0NU

George Shovlin & The Radars
George Shovlin & The Radars-Unconditionally Live

Featuring: Sporting Life Blues, Spoonful, Why I Sing The Blues & Lover Not A Fighter

George Shovlin & The Radars-Got Blues If You Want It

Featuring: Got Love If You Want It, Pearline Blues & Bourgeois Blues

Got Home This Morning

Sportin Life


If George had chosen blues singing rather than teaching, he would have been up there with the greats of British Blues.
Dave Scott, 'The Bishop', Blues Matters magazine