PAPA GEORGE

PAPA GEORGE

BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

Papa George’s emotive vocals and inspirational guitar playing lead two sterling musicians who deliver a unique style of blues. Playing blistering versions of original material and some classics, the Papa George Band’s improvisational skills and infectious performances captivate audiences world-wide.

Biography

Papa George is recognised as one of the top guitarists and vocalists on the British Blues Scene. Described as a mean axeman, he captivates his audiences playing Strat or bottleneck blues-style on Steel guitars with a vocal style that is delivered with conviction. Whether leading his band, performing solo, or as a duo, the consistent thread which runs through every performance is that distinctive Papa George signature sound.

Born in 1953, within a stone’s throw of London’s Tin Pan Alley, it isn’t surprising that George was virtually born with a guitar in his hands. For over 30 years Papa has dedicated himself to playing live shows around the blues circuits/festivals of the UK, Europe and USA.

The Papa George Band has built up a solid reputation for its great musicianship. They mainly use original material and their improvisational skills are second to none. In their music there are clear elements of soul, gospel, rag, rock, jazz – inspired by the likes of Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Johnny Winter, Stevie Wonder, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughn….

Paul Jones (BBC Radio 2) invited the PGB to record a selection of tracks from their recent CD, “DOWN AT THE STATION” (Pete Stroud: Bass/Sam Kelly: Drums). Since then, many tracks have been played on local BBC stations and also on international radio stations.

Pete Stroud plays fretless, fretted and acoustic bass. He has a melodic, rich, and smooth tone and is a very creative player. Pete also sings backing vocals. Toured with Peter Green’s Splinter Group for 6 years. 2001 received Platinum Disc for Gordon Haskell’s major hit “How Wonderful You Are”.

Sam Kelly. Voted British Blues Connection “Drummer of the Year” for 5 consecutive years, Sam is highly regarded for his natural sense of time and vast use of rhythms. Sam has an extensive drum history in film and television. He also received Platinum Disc for Gordon Haskell’s major hit.

In solo mode Papa George demonstrates his ability on steel guitar and has the reputation of transforming a gig into a “Deep South Bottleneck Blues Bar”. His solo album, “Being Free…ain’t no crime” features Hawaiian, Delta, Ragtime, plus some new renditions of PGB material.

Papa’s Guitars: Fender Stratocasters, Flying Finns, National Steels and an Amistar Stager. Amistar Resophonic Guitars recently endorsed him to flagship their new Duotone Tricone model.

NEWS, NEWS, NEWS…..
PAPA GEORGE is the MAIN FEATURE in May/June issue of MUSIC MAKER magazine. Further details: www.tradmusic.com.

PAPA GEORGE HAS JUST RECORDED A NEW LIVE SOLO DVD AT THE RAM JAM CLUB, LONDON BOROUGH OF KINGSTON-UPON-THAMES (UK) – FEATURING ALAN GLEN ON HARMONICA. IT WAS RECORDED ON 27TH-28TH APRIL 2006 AND WILL BE AVAILABLE LATER IN THE SUMMER.

Discography

DISCOGRAPHY
Papa George’s solo version of his self-penned “Broken Mirror” (“Being Free…ain’t no crime” PG – Solo CD) was selected for the “Artists in Resonance” CD, which forms part of the National Reso-phonic Guitars 2003/4 catalogue. Two songs (from “DOWN AT THE STATION” PGB) have attracted recognition: “Blues With A Feeling” was used as part of the soundtrack of “World Without Waves”, which won the Milagro Award for Best South-West Film, at the 2004 Santa Fe Film Festival and “Moonshadows On Coconut Grove” was included on a compilation album, “A Place Called Hawaii 3”, which won an Hawaiian Music Award for Best Compilation Album.

Set List

ORIGINALS:

BLACKJACK
CLEANSIN' MY SOUL
MAN WITH THE BLUES
THE STATION
HEADING SOUTH
BROKEN MIRROR
MOONSHADOWS ON COCONUT GROVE
IT'S FLOODING DOWN IN TEXAS
GUILTY
SOMEDAYS
DEADLINE BLUES
SUN GONNA SHINE
RAIN IN THE SKY
plus
COVERS:
COLD SHOT
HONKY TONK WOMAN
OH WELL
WALKIN' BLUES
VOODOO CHILE
DUST MY BROOM
STRUT
DALLAS
ROLLIN' AND TUMBLIN'
MOONDANCE
I WISH

SETS ARE GENERALLY 90 MINUTES OR TWO 45 MINUTES.