The 'Speakeasy' at The Harbour View pub at Roker - what's it all about?
Well, it's quite simply the best free to enter blues and acoustic music night in Sunderland! It takes place every Thursday, with live music kicking off at 8.30pm on the dot, and is hosted by legendary Sunderland bluesman George Shovlin, and one of the best guitarists in the north of England, George Lamb.
Initially, after the Speakeasy started in 2014, the evenings involved artists from around the Sunderland area, each playing up to three numbers per night, depending on how many people wanted to perform. However, word quickly spread about how good these nights were, and now performers from all over the north-east, and other parts of the country, regularly come to The Speakeasy.
April 2018 sees the start of an online magazine called 'The Speakeasy Phenomenon'. I'm writing it to give people a flavour of what Speakeasy is all about, how it started, and to provide a bit of information about some of the performers. The first issuegives some background to what it's all about, and the second will follow before the end of April. The plan is to add a new issue at the start of each month, but to get things up and running, I thought I would do two this April, with the second being all about the man whose ideas brought The Speakeasy into being in the first place...the one and only, Mr Shovlin.