Georgie: The Interview

It can take a long time supporting artists before a singer can enjoy the centre stage spotlight but thanks to advice from Jack Savoretti, Nottingham-born Georgie was prepared to wait for her chance to shine. She’s supported Blossoms, Tom Walker and Jake Bugg and the softly toned bluesy/folk/rock singer is now enjoying a year of touring having released her Georgie: Live! album at the end of the Summer. Georgie speaks to Susie Daniels about her music and how a making a cup of tea after a hangover can be the best gesture of love from someone special…

We reviewed your gig in February last year when you were supporting Jake Bugg. What’s been happening in your life since then?
There’s been a lot of musical ventures. There’s the live album, I’ve been writing for other people, some local Nottingham singers. One of them is Molly Ralph who’s got a lot of songs out now. There’s loads of songs I’ve written and as a songwriter there’s a process and flexibility where you can give the songs to whomever you want. The biggest thing that’s happened was the tour with Jake (Bugg).

You got married last year. How did that change your life?
That pretty much took over everything. We honeymooned in Rhodes, staying in an Airbnb and had lots of wine and Metaxa Greek brandy. Mark (hubby) has just left the Royal Marines and is about to start uni so it works well as he’s really understanding of being away as he’s had to do it. He still has a big sense of adventure and we like to get away. He got me into camping and travelling. I did it (camping & hill-walking) when I was young. It’s brought perspective to everything in my life. They’re all local climbs we do, Ben Nevis, Peak District, Lake District.

Did your relationship seep into your song-writing for your latest album?
100%. The live album is where I share my love with someone and I write about it.

That’s When It Feels Like Love is a beautiful, simple song about love and we can feel you’ve lived these moments and shared the emotions. Has love affected you in that way?
Most of it. Especially the line about the cup of tea. Everyone’s been hungover and had a cup of tea handed to them while no make-up’s on. I was so scared of grabbing the moment. That feeling was going to make me end up missing out in my life. Now I’m strong and independent.

Who have you met on your singing travels that has influenced you?
Loads! Obviously Jake. I’ve been on tour with him four times. The one thing that amazes me is his work ethic. I’ve never seen him do a bad show, he’s so focused. With the solo tour a lot of the time he was sat down and there was silence. It was like James Taylor silence. I’m the same. When I’m on tour I’m very much on tour. You’ll struggle to get a word out of me especially the closer it gets to the gig. I’ve met Jack Savoretti. He’s so humble and nice. Helps with any questions. He has had to work really hard and he’s now into his sixth album. I think Mark fancies him! He’s cool. He’s still got his feet on the ground and has no ego.

What were your influences growing up?
I didn’t discover music until I was 13 years old. Before that I was obsessed with football. If I hadn’t found music I was very close to semi-professional playing. I got trials at Derby County the same month I picked up my guitar. I was influenced by my mum playing old records like Fleetwood Mac, Jodi Mitchell and Aretha Franklin – strong females from the Sixties and Seventies. I also listened to Stevie Nicks and Linda Rondstadt. My uncle played Elvis songs. My mum’s sister who passed away before I was born played guitar and sang and my dad played guitar. My twin brother Sam who lives in Paris does photography and has done some work for me.

Many photos taken of you are in black and white or bleached out colour. Is that because the look is a good fit for your music?
It’s because I love it. I’m so nostalgic at heart. I think I was born in the wrong era. My mum was massively into fashion. She’s got a box of old Vogue magazines and some of her old outfits from the Sixties are amazing and laughable. She’s got record players.

Tomorrow Streets live has a sit down festival vibe. What’s it about?
It’s about my mum and her brother. She had kids young and some things I think she would have liked to have achieved but she never did. It’s about people putting things on the back burner.

You tweeted a few months ago the coolest looking guitar with what looks like a washing machine drum in the middle.
I ended up buying it. It’s a Gretch Resonator old blues guitar used to play Americana. I’m still saving up for guitars so not that big yet that I can just buy what I like.

Georgie plays Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s on January 28th, Glasgow Hug & Pint on January 30th.