Internationally acclaimed bluesman Papa George is admired on the club scene as an extremely well respected musician. Over 30 years he has forged a reputation for stunning performances on the blues circuits and festivals, “Highly regarded, both here and in the US, and Europe, for the gritty passion of his voice and his finesse on the blues frets…” Paul Jones BBC Radio2
Recognised as one of the top guitarists and vocalists and described by THE TIMES as “a mean axeman”, he captivates audiences playing Fender Stratocaster, or bottleneck blues-style on Amistar and National Steel guitars, with a passionate vocal style delivered with absolute conviction. In March 2007, at the Musik Messe, Frankfurt, “Amistar – fine resophonic guitars” presented the maestro with a beautifully engraved, “PAPA GEORGE CUSTOM” Vintage Model, which he also showcased at The London Guitar Show.
In September 2007 Papa launched his first DVD “PAPA GEORGE LIVE AT THE RAM JAM featuring ALAN GLEN”. It showcases 16 live tracks “the real thing” and he is joined for some numbers by the excellent Yardbird’s harmonica player Alan Glen. “Papa George’s guitaring and vocals were excellent, as was the subtly understated harp playing of Alan Glen. Individually they are impressive, together they are dynamite!”
The Papa George Band has built up a solid reputation for their great musicianship. They mainly use original material and their improvisational skills are second to none. They released their “DOWN AT THE STATION” Cd in March 2004, at the Bull’s Head, Barnes (Pete Stroud: bass, Sam Kelly: drums, plus guests: Marcus Malone & Val Cowell: backing vocals, Alan Glen: harmonica & Roger Cotton: keyboards. Several tracks achieved recognition:
“Blackja￼ck” reached the Blues Finals of the International Songwriting Competition, Nashville, TN 2005 - Out of 15000 entries from over 80 countries, it received “Honorary Mention”, “Cleansin’ My Soul” reached the Semi-Finals.
"Blues With A Feeling" was used as part of the soundtrack on "World Without Waves", which won the “Milagro Award” for Best South-West Film, 2004 Santa Fe Film Festival
"Moonshadows On Coconut Grove" was covered by Grammy Award Winner, Ken Emerson, on his album “Hawaiian Hulas, Tangos and Blues”.
The Papa George Band was formed in 1986. Bass players include Pete Rees and Pete Stroud and drummers include Sam Kelly, Darby Todd, Geoff Dunn, Tom Compton and Charlie Morgan.
PGB Guest Appearances: Gary Moore, Micky Moody, Zoot Money, Freddie Mercury, Paul Jones, Roger Chapman, Bobby Tench, Jon Lord, "Sir” Charles Atkins, Ken Emerson, Pee Wee Ellis, Jimmy Thomas, Tony O’Malley, Gary Husband, Elliot Randall, Geoff Whitehorn, PP Arnold….