Life As Usual 

 

 

 

 


"George's 4th CD of self-penned material is a winner and should be the one to break him into the national consciousness...Twelve new songs, between them running the gamut of emotion and experience that makes up 'life as usual'...The real thing in terms of songwriting, with bags of integrity and compassion, stylish lyrics set to strong melodic hooks with unbelievably catchy choruses. A perfect calling-card for George's talents." - David Kidman


 

 

 

Email George direct at: 

george@folk4all.net 

 

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www.folk4all.net

 

 

Track Listing and MP3 Samples.

 Track Title

High Quality

1.

Give me the good news

2.

Those who also serve

 
3.

Life as usual (Rebellion)

 
4.

Thieves of innocence

 
5.

Strictly working class

 
6.

I wish I could have met you

 
7.

By and by

 
8.

The rain is falling

9.

Sangatte (Underground flight)

 
10.

If I had another chance

 

11.

Living on the stilts

12. Tonight no sorrow

History

 

Inveterate white collar computer-basher and songwriting impersonator;  born in Salonika, Greece in 1953; resident at Herga, Maidenhead & St Albans "Windward" folk clubs; 30+ years with 'the best girl north of the South Pole' (Vanessa);  a son (Martin, b1982); a daughter (Aliki, b1985); a grandson (Timmy, b2002); a dog (Lyddie, b1997); and we all belong to the amputee cat (Archimedes, spawned from the jaws of hell in 1993).
 
 The music:

I've always been involved with music in one way or another. From school choirs (where I discovered Carmina Burana by Carl Orff), in the 60's I was guitar-bashing protest songs in Greek 'boites' and briefly playing lead guitar in a teen band ("Drosophila Melanogastris" - "aphids" to the rest of us), while also discovering mediaeval French and Italian songs; at teenage parties in Greece at the time about 50% of the music was English/American - the rest was Italian and French pop (I still drool over Mireille Matthieu's eyes & voice);  in the UK in the 70's I fell in love with folk and tried my hand at it in the Midlands, both solo and in a trio (Cosmopolitans), but I also heard the wonderful sound of the King's Singers and got some more madrigals under my belt;  in the  80's I rediscovered Byzantine chant and sang in a choir that won the 1982 Eisteddfod;  in the 90's I found some gems in the Netherlands, like the group Flairck (ears that have not heard them are impoverished) and the wonderful Angelo Branduardi (superb application of traditional style to contemporary subjects); and in the 2000's, back in the UK once more, I picked up the folk threads again with the help of the Herga, Maidenhead and St Albans folk clubs.  All along, I had of course been listening to contemporary stuff, from my generation's staples (Beatles, Who, Canned Heat, Jethro Tull, Moody Blues, ELO etc) to Jake Thackray, Clive James/Pete Atkin (still top of my all time list, their stuff is the best kept secret in the music world), Tom Lehrer (his mastery of language and rhyme leaves me crying with frustration - his songs leave me crying with laughter) and more recently Stan Rogers, Graeme Miles, Robb Johnson,  Dave Webber, Steve Hughes and the multitude of superb contemporary songwriters that enrich folk music and of whose ability to create beauty from words and sounds I am always deeply jealous.
 
The songs:

Then, in April 2001 something happened.  I am still not sure what it was, but the result is 104 songs and four albums so far: 'Countryside Like This' and 'Perfect Moments' came out in October 2002 under my home-label of Mellows Productions, and 'Silent Majority' in March 2003 under Robb Johnson's UNLaBELLED label.  "Life as usual" was released in March 2004, also under UNLaBELLED. What's more, people seemed to like them, and I started getting invitations for gigs. And more important, singers like Martyn Wyndham-Read, Roy Bailey, Andy Irvine, Vin Garbutt, Cloudstreet, Joe Stead, Roy Harris, Johnny Collins, Cockersdale etc were asking to sing my songs. Things were becoming serious, perhaps my 'faffing around' was producing something worthwhile!  But I don't want to let it become so serious that I will stop enjoying it. I just consider it a lucky 'streak', and I intend to ride it as far as it will take me.
 
 Looking back at what I have written so far, I now realise something that must have been there all along, yet I had never acknowledged overtly: I am driven by love of people with their imperfections (BECAUSE of their imperfections, even) and love to watch and support them as they struggle through daily life. It was always there; the songs acted as the relief valve to let it out. I still carry idealism too, no longer naive but tainted already with the compromises and stresses of adulthood. In a way, my songs are a cry of fear that I might one day lose my idealism altogether. But still, in my world all is not gloom and doom; there are lots of perfect moments, and I am determined to enjoy and celebrate them all. 

Of course, I don't know how long this will go on. Is my songwriting just a phase? Will the next song ever be written? Will I know it when I have "dried up"? God knows. Meanwhile, I am having the time of my life; and meeting lots of people in the folk circuit; and making friends - good friends; and when, every now and then, I hear another voice singing a song of mine, I feel the need to say "thanks".