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  • George Montague - The Smoke (EFG London Jazz Festival)

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    British singer songwriter multi-instrumentalist George Montague’s performance(s) of ’The Smoke' at EFG London Jazz Festival 2014

    "I feel greatly honoured that the EFG London Jazz Festival invited me to play my original music for their ‘Festival On The Move’ at 7 amazingly different venues across London…
    Beginning at the Barbican FreeStage on their gorgeous Steinway with my spectacular notsobigband for the opening night of the Festival. Then performing solo at the Royal Albert Hall on an upright piano in Verdi to over-capacity overflowing lively listeners. Beatboxing and live-looping my way through the Spice Of Life club underground in the heart of Soho.
    Followed by a fresh Caffè Nero stop near Warren Street, raw with just my voice and guitar to a hearty throng of huddled live music lovers. Travelling onwards to the famous Charing Cross Road Bookshop with Ray’s Jazz at Foyles - playing on their house grand up on the 6th floor arena above the bustling streets to one of the biggest audiences they have had, leading them, as I did with every show, in spontaneous harmonising singalongs of my songs like ‘The Smoke’(my ode to London) on ukulele. Before raising the roof of Finchley’s ArtsDepot and finally finishing my wandering minstrel journey for the Festival’s close at the cultural creative hive that is Theatre Royal Stratford East.
    1 George, 1 ukulele, 1 guitar, 1 loop-station, 3 notsobigband, 6 pianos, 7 venues, 7 hours performing, 9 sets, 20 singalongs, 24 loops, 75 original songs, innumerable jazz-faces + boundless bouncing later!
    It was truly the most wonderful adventure, scattering melodies and harmonies over rhythms and rhymes throughout glorious London to some of the most wonderful audiences… THANK YOU for having me!"

    Special Thanks to:
    Amy Pearce, Mark Jones + Debbie Sargent
    Royal Albert Hall, Verdi
    The Spice of Life
    Ray’s Jazz at Foyles
    Caffè Nero
    Theatre Royal Stratford East
    EFG London Jazz Festival

    'The Smoke'
    written by George Montague

    George Montague - vocals piano guitar ukulele loops

    Harry Sutton - bass
    Dan Foster Saxophone

    Tom Hooper - drums

    'The Smoke'
    music & lyrics by George Montague

    Sat on a single oak
    In a forest of concrete and steel
    Noise surrounds my head
    Brightness starts to peel
    Fused sand walls tower high
    I'm not cold tonight
    The night holds surprise
    Smoke is on the rise

    Oh Yeah! Ha!
    Ra da da da'dow
    Lu du du du du du doooh
    Ah la la laa la'owww
    The Smoke is on the rise

    Look across the wide old river
    Landmarks of worn ancient history
    Lights reflected in water
    Snake up embankment glory
    Hear Ben's soft cry
    One chime it's midnight
    Got a friend at my side
    Smoke is on the rise

    Oh Yeah! Ha!
    Ra da da da'dow
    Lu du du du du du doooh
    Ah la la laa la'owww

    The Smoke is on the rise
    The Smoke is on the rise Oh Oh
    The Smoke is on the rise
    The Smoke is on the rise
    Do do di di du dooo

    Ba ba da ba da ba doww
    La da da diddle-iddle ohh
    Ba da ba ba da d'owww
    La da da da da'oww oooh oooh

    The Smoke is on the rise

    all music & lyrics copyright & published 2014 George Montague

    © George Montague 2014

    About George Montague:

    Have you met George? This piano-hitting, string-twanging, gravity-defying singer songwriter multi-instrumentalist with over five million views on YouTube, is enthralling a global audience with his exciting live energy and countless contagious original songs.
    “This year’s big hit” at the Henley Festival and playing gigs and festivals throughout London and the ‘shires, George was the only artist playing seven shows in seven different venues across London including the Royal Albert Hall as well as the Barbican to open this world-renowned EFG London Jazz Festival.

    George continues his #notsobigTour playing piano, guitar and ukulele - doing everything from solo shows, including live-sampling his beatboxing and vocal harmonies with a loop station at his fingertips - to playing a grand piano backed by his spectacular six-piece notsobigband: some of the UK’s finest musicians on bass, drums, guitar, saxophone, trumpet and trombone.

    After entertaining an enthusiastic packed audience in the Jazz Arena at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, George also won Decca Records’ ‘Search for a New Jazz Star’.

    “People who have used the phrase ‘tearing the place apart’ haven't heard George Montague who has redefined the term…” Stephen Morris, BBC News

    “Charismatic and talented pianist and songwriter... charming and original” Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music

    “A true instrumentalist… the gift that keeps on giving, that is George Montague.” Sam Bonham, BBC Introducing Show less
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