Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, Georges began playing in the early sixties, influenced by Chet Atkins, Hank Garland, Harold Bradley, Django Reinhardt, Barney Kessel and Charlie Byrd.
He began his musical career playing with the Brunswick Playboys in Moncton and later in Halifax with CBC-TV Music Hop (Frank’s Bandstand) and Sing-along Jubilee.
In the mid seventies, he toured with Anne Murray and later with Ian Tyson’s Great Speckled Bird, returning to Halifax to perform on CBC shows such as Denny’s Show, The Marg Osburne Show, The John Allan Cameron Show, Sunshine Hour and Coming up Country. In 1979 he rejoined The Anne Murray Show until 2008.
Georges has performed with Moe Koffman, Gene MacLellan, Dusty Springfield, Denny Doherty, Bruce Guthro, Vera Lynn, Jonathan Edwards, Shirley Eikhard, Bryan Adams, Jann Arden, and Celine Dion. He has toured all over Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, playing in well-known concert halls such as Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall in New York, The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Royal Albert Hall, The London Palladium and Victoria Palace in London, England, as well as Centennial Hall in Monte Carlo.
“Here is a perfect example of how beautiful the musical community can be. Because of Ray’s background and experience, he suggested Georges at the beginning of this project. He said he had great respect for Georges’ playing and thought he might be approached to provide some of the guitar tracks. I left Ray to make the contact. Of course, these days, musicians speak to each other by sending tracks back and forth over the internet. Distance doesn’t mean anything anymore.
Well, to my great surprise and joy, within a few weeks Georges had not only replied but had sent back some tracks based on the charts and demos that Ray had provided. I was thrilled. All that talent, experience and knowledge was being poured into these songs of mine. Wow – it was hard to believe.
I’ve emailed Georges to thank him and express my appreciation for not only his willingness to work with me, but for giving his amazing talent to this project. I hope I’ll have a chance to meet Georges face to face some day. Merci beaucoup, Georges.” – Janet Crawford
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