George started learning guitar as a fourteen year-old and played his first professional gig with John ("Jock") Munro (www.colcannon.com) two years later. They played as a duet around Adelaide in the 60's "folk music boom", a time when two gigs on the weekend earned them more than their weekly pay packet from their day jobs.

They eventually went their separate ways and George wandered off on the road, guitar in hand, looking for fame and fortune and ended up working as an itinerant fruit-picker and abattoir worker.

Decades and many day jobs later, George was still playing and singing and had played jazz, jug band music and folk blues in a variety of bands, gigging around and popping up at the occasional festival including the Sunbury rock Festival in the 70's in Victoria and the Goolwa Folk Festival in South Australia.

Among his influences (and one of his teachers) has been Carl Orr (www.carlorr.com), a brilliant young jazz guitarist who has toured with Billy Cobham and is now based in London. He has been a long-time fan and has been mainly influenced by the music of Dan Hicks (www.danhicks.net), Leon Redbone (www.leonredbone.com) and Chris Smither (www.smither.com). If you listen to them, you'll get a fair idea of where George is coming from, musically.

Only a few years ago, George met Peter Gelling (www.bentnotes.com), musician, teacher and ARIA award nominee. George went to Peter for lessons. He felt he was in a bit of a rut and needed a kick-start. Peter gave him a kick, all right.

The CD started as a demo disk for George to send off to festival organisers so that he could get back into playing. When George kept turning up with songs, Peter suggested they turn the project into a full-blown album. The result was "Try Before You Die".

The album launch was a success and George's quirky and rather cynical humour didn't escape attention. His "MBA Rag", which doesn't appear on the album, is George's take on the "weasel word, corporate-speak" that has taken over the modern corporate world and invaded the public sector. He did the song at the launch and it is now one of his most requested numbers.