New EP by George Jackson.
“It’s a bit Grisman, a bit Tony Rice Unit, but mainly all George Jackson collective.” -Producer Casey Driessen.
“Observations” is the brand new EP of instrumental tunes by George Jackson released April 2014. This 5-track exploration ties up his most ambitious solo undertaking yet that brings together the tide of influences throughout his musical career so far; from celtic to jazz with the ever underlying grounding in bluegrass and old-time. All 5 pieces on the EP are written by George under the guidance and mentorship of master US fiddler Casey Driessen. It is the culmination of a year long mentorship facilitated by the Australia Council for the Arts “JUMP” mentorship program – an amazing opportunity that saw George travel to North Carolina to study with Casey during the US summer of 2013. In August of 2013 George called together three of his favorite, like-minded young musicians and friends in David Goldenberg, Andrew Small and Jake Stargel to bring to life the music that was taking shape throughout the mentorship. After one demanding 12 hour Asheville recording session on the 27th of August, these 5 tracks emerged and were expertly mixed and mastered by Casey himself.
The Artwork was conceptualised by George and brought to life by a Melbourne based friend and musician/artist Pepita Emmerichs. It features a sketched outline of the iron grill from George’s own balcony tiled and tessellated, echoing the title of the 5th track “Observations From My Balcony”, and subsequent name of the Album.
“I’m really blown away with the way these tunes turned out. Andrew, Dave and Jake just nailed it in the studio and Casey – as much a member of the band in his direction and producing, I can hear his influence all over the tracks. I’m incredibly excited and proud of this little EP!” – George Jackson
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“A brilliant young violinist, with a musical maturity way beyond his years” – Alan Western, describing George Jackson. Regular performances throughout Australia with “The Company”, “One Up, Two Down” and most recently as a part of the Peter Rowan Trio” see George as both an important bearer of tradition and an innovator. Recent accolades include; 2013 Rockygrass Banjo Champion – Lyons Colorado, 2013 JUMP Mentorship grant from the Australia Council for the Arts, 2012 Golden Fiddle Award for “Best Fiddler”, The Australian Youth Bluegrass Scholarship 2012, Winning the CMAA Australian Fiddle and Banjo Championships in 2010 and ’11 along with the FAA Young Australian Folk Musician 2010.
Music is George’s greatest passion, he is inspired by the contrasting styles of Bluegrass, Old-time, Celtic, and Jazz.
In the Beginning: Born 2nd of July 1989 in Christchurch, New Zealand, George Jackson grew up on the sounds of folk and bluegrass fed in wholesome doses by his parents Alistair and Karen. Handed his first fiddle at the age of 4, George squeaked his way onstage at age 9 to join his parents and brother forming the family band “Fiddlesticks”. As a family the Jackson’s toured to every corner of their home land of New Zealand for 7 years before moving to Australia in 2005 to continue their journey and extend their audience.
Performance: Now at the age of 24, George Jackson is an accomplished touring musician, so far he has performed extensively through out Australia, New Zealand as well as the USA, Scotland and South Korea, appearing at major music festivals as a soloist and as member of many bands. From age 16 – 19 George performed with Fiddlesticks in Australia touring for the Queensland Arts Council “Ontour in Schools” and “Ontour by Request” touring programs, all the while finishing High School by Correspondence. 2007 and 2011 saw George perform at the Wonju Tattoo in South Korea as a dancer and fiddler for the “NZ Highland Dancers”. In 2011 George completed a one month tour of Scotland with the Bluegrass unit “Present Company”, it was an inspiring month featuring performances at 3 festivals along side some of the biggest name Scottish musicians and also performing many concerts around the country. Most recently George has gone on to complete his Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz Violin performance at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
Bands: George’s main focus at the moment are with Brisbane based bluegrass band, “The Company” and the international trio “One Up, Two Down”.