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Please see below a brief CV of my experience as a musician. I am always happy to consider gig and session work.
I have been playing music since the age of about 14. Primarily self taught, I have embraced many different genres of music and over approximately 30 years have played everything from heavy rock to jazz, early music, reggae, traditional folk and world music on numerous instruments
My core skills are percussion (djembe, congas, darabouka, bodhran), rhythm bouzouki and more recently English/Flemish bagpipes and electric bagpipes. Other instruments include guitar, bass, octave mandola, lute, gittern and lap harp.
Previous bands/recording collaborations include Tangle Brothers, Belerion, Silver Ghost Band, Supa Reuben's Allstars, Geoff Hills, Al Jones, Snaketown.
While musical versatility and adaptability are also strengths that have been learnt by years of 'paying dues', I am what's loosely termed 'a folky' at heart and my solo compositions and personal style of playing reflect and draw upon traditional music from East to Western Europe and show influences of all the other genres mentioned above.
Original multi-instrumental music featuring bouzouki and border pipes, also including hummelchen, guitars, acoustic bass, violin, hurdy gurdy, keyboards, various percussion and voice. Currently available on CD or as downloads.
'3 Tunes' EP released May 2011.
'A Toad in the Hand' Album released September 2012 on GPJ Records. 12 tracks, 51 minutes.
Folking.com -- George's style is nigh on unique with an emphasis on rhythm ... 'A Toad in the Hand' speeds by and is always entertaining.
Folkwords.com -- 'A Toad in the Hand' is absorbing, intriguing and stunningly captivating ... a Tubular Bells concept for folk music?
Brightyoungfolk.com -- 'A Toad in the Hand' is a fine showcase of George Stevens' virtuosity as both composer and instrumentalist.
I am currently performing a live original set with my 3 piece ... Stevens' Racket ... including myself plus Christine Adams on violin/accordian and Mick Mepham on guitar. If you would like to book us please get in touch.
For updates/gigs etc, you can check here or on our Reverbnation page: reverbnation.com/georgestevensracket and my Facebook page . http://www.facebook.com/george.stevens.773981.
CDs -- both EP and Album can be purchased directly using the Paypal facility below.
Downloads are also available of the album from all the major platforms -- Amazon, iTunes, 7digital, Play.com etc. and the EP via Amazing Radio here .
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Over the years I have given talks/lecture demonstrations on the history of instruments/music and instrument making both to the general public and at a local primary school in conjunction with their curriculum focus on the Tudors -- the children loved it! They were all asked by their teacher to write subsequent thank you notes to me and I was astounded by how much they had taken in and remembered. If you are interested in hiring me for such a presentation, please get in touch, I am happy to provide a letter of reference.