George Boomsma is singer songwriter from Northallerton, North Yorkshire. Having been honing his song-writing craft and live performances over the past decade, George has been quietly gaining some well-earnt attention and acclaim. His pure voice and tumbling guitar make for a bewitching combination, with a maturity and poetic lyricism that have left audiences around the country entranced. His songs reflect on themes from navigating relationships, family, self-acceptance, grief, finding a path forward despite uncertainties, and the weather (mostly rain).
He has been invited to support and perform alongside many established artists such as Richard Thompson, Scott Matthews, Katherine Priddy, Gaby Moreno, Kathryn Williams, The Travelling Band, Chloe Foy, Jefferson Hamer, Emma Langford and Martha Tilston. On top of these live performances, his music been featured on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 Music, RTE Radio 1 and BBC Radio Ulster.
2022 saw George perform at the prestigious Glastonbury Festival, A UK tour accompanying Katherine Priddy, a slot at the acclaimed Port Fairy Folk Festival in Australia and also a trip to Kansas City for the Folk Alliance International conference. He has also been chosen as one of the four artists to be a part of this years English Folk Expo’s Artist Mentorship Programme, which will help to support and develop George’s career throughout 2023. Other highlights include performances at Latitude Festival, Moseley Folk Festival, a musical appearance on UKTV’s Taskmaster and a featured track on Japanese TV show ‘Terrace House’.
Whilst 2020 saw much of the world grind to a halt, George Boomsma got busy, using the time to write and record two exciting new 4 track EPs. ‘Chinatown’ & ‘What’s Left Behind’ were recorded live to tape at Echo Zoo Studios and feature not only George’s effortless vocals and masterful acoustic guitar, but also the addition of a string quartet, adding an extra warmth and movement to his transporting songs. The production process has carefully maintained the characteristic saturation and crunch of tape recording, giving the tracks an exquisitely vintage sound not often heard in modern releases. Released in the following two years, both EPs are undoubtedly a step up from George Boomsma’s previous releases, both in terms of song-writing and production, solidifying his place as one to watch in 2023.
“A sensational guitarist and a beautiful singer-songwriter, a name to watch.”
“If it were possible for Nick Drake and Thom Yorke to collaborate, it might sound something like this.”
“Songs of exquisite beauty, with a voice that could melt ice caps… gorgeous stuff.”