Blues night at Sunderland’s new-look Dun Cow

George Shovlin and the Radars outside the Dun Cow in High Street West, Sunderland. Pictured l-r  Stu Burlison, George Shovlin and George Lamb
George Shovlin and the Radars outside the Dun Cow in High Street West, Sunderland. Pictured l-r Stu Burlison, George Shovlin and George Lamb
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LIVE music will help to ring the changes at a newly-re-opened watering hole.

The Dun Cow, in High Street West, has been hugely popular since opening in October after 13 weeks of painstaking restoration.

It’s part of a wider drive by the MAC Trust to create a cultural quarter around the Edwardian pub and nearby old fire station.

Now, respected local musicians have teamed up with pub operators Head of Steam to launch a rock and blues night in the pub’s function room.

George Shovlin and the Radars will lead the fortnightly Sunderland Blues Club, which begins on Friday.

George, from Roker, who was this year inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, said: “They have done a great job in restoring the pub and the upstairs room is perfect for blues sessions – it’s self-enclosed and it has its own bar.

“It really fits in with the wider plans of cultural regeneration in this area, it’s a wonderful pub which lends itself to live performance. It’s in line with our drive to encourage a rebirth of blues in Sunderland.

“There has always been a demand for blues in Sunderland, but there hasn’t always been the venues. There used to be a great blues club down the road called the Old 29, so there’s a tradition of important Sunderland gigs in this area.”

The four-piece will play once a month, with guest bands invited to perform in the intervening fortnights. Guitarist George Lamb, said: “As well as quality local musicians, we will be contacting national bands on the touring circuit to invite them to play.”

l Entry to Friday’s event, which starts from 7.30pm, is £4.