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CONCERT REVIEW: Georgie at Trinity Church, Nottingham

In May 2018, this newspaper published a review of a three-track EP released by Mansfield singer-songwriter Georgie (24) who one music critic described as having a voice like a "cup of freshly brewed black coffee".

So an invitation to make a 90-minute journey along the A52 and A60 to Nottingham's Trinity Church for a live performance by Georgie was an invitation too good to turn down.

Georgie's debut EP, Too Much TV, was reviewed by Spalding Today in May 2018. (7616018)
Georgie's debut EP, Too Much TV, was reviewed by Spalding Today in May 2018. (7616018)

Georgie, whose real name is Georgia Rose Howe, is marking ten years since she gave up on a chance to be a professional footballer overnight after picking up her dad's guitar at home.

The result of that life-changing decision was witnessed by a sell-out crowd at Trinity Church, Nottingham, who soaked up the most promising 80 minutes of acoustic and piano-led music to be found on the East Midlands side of the M1 motorway.

Speaking before her show, Georgie said: "Everyone at the church is lovely, I've got a lot of friends here and it's my home city.

"Trinity Church is a beautiful building and it was perfect for what we want to do, an intimate event in a sofa setting.

"I thought I'd a create an environment that would be like when I'm writing in the studio.

"Writing songs has been part of my life since I was 14 and I read a quote by Ray Charles who said: 'I was born with music inside me.

"'Music was one of my parts, like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart, like my blood.

"'It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene and it was a necessity for me-like food or water.'

"I feel very much the same as my mum and my dad are both massive music lovers.

"They grew up with music and it's always been in the house.

"I've got brothers and sisters who my parents have just supported in following our dreams."

Original songs by Georgie, including the spine-tingling Be The Fire, Wildcat, Every Setting Sun and This Ain't Heaven, were combined with covers of the fearsome performer's favourite artists.

Georgie's debut EP, Too Much TV, was reviewed by Spalding Today in May 2018. (7616020)
Georgie's debut EP, Too Much TV, was reviewed by Spalding Today in May 2018. (7616020)

There was Bonnie Raitt's Love Me Like a Man, a country version of Bruce Springsteen's Dancing in the Dark and Fleetwood Mac's Landslide.

Appropriately enough, Landslide was written by Stevie Nicks whose voice and persona Georgie most resembles.

But there was also more than a passing nod to David Gray, especially on the songs Emily Jane (remarkably similar to The Beatles' Eleanor Rigby), Life After Fear and Tomorrow's Streets.

Georgie's debut EP, Too Much TV, was reviewed by Spalding Today in May 2018. (7616005)
Georgie's debut EP, Too Much TV, was reviewed by Spalding Today in May 2018. (7616005)

Georgie said: "I've done a lot of song writing this year, after touring with Jake Bugg and Nina Nesbitt.

"I've been writing for other people and doing a lot of producing, so pretty much Mondays to Fridays I've been in the studio.

"I love making music, it's never about being famous, and if I see someone in a pub who is playing something I love, I'll invite them to write a song with me.

"Music is meant to be communal and one of my heroes, Carole King, wrote for everybody before she made an album of her own.

"That's always inspired me, writing for myself and for other people, but it's a bit unexpected as well.

"Music is about taking a song you've written and sharing it with people because we all know how one small word can make us come alive.

A welcome bonus for the Trinity Church audience was a much warmer, much more communicative and more confident Georgie who successfully engaged her audience in-between songs.

When introducing Daylight Flood, a song Georgie wrote with Northern Ireland's Iain Archer, she said: "Iain brought this out of me at a time when I thought that I couldn't write any more songs.

"It brings out parts of you as an artist that you can't necessarily get to when writing songs in your bedroom.

"It's so good to have the privilege of playing music with such amazing people.

Music's Yellow Brick Road is lined with the shattered dreams of wannabe chart-toppers, trendsetters and mould breakers.

But with a singing voice like hot golden syrup, you can get good odds on Georgie not being one of them.

No wonder, right at the end of the show, Georgie said: "This really has been one of the best nights of my life.

"I love doing this and music is such an important part of my life because it adds so much colour to the world."

w and interview by Winston Brown


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