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George Sansome

With a passion for storytelling and a gift for tapping into the human experience, George Sansome is a singer who gets right to the roots of what traditional music is all about. Refreshingly open, expressive and engaging, his performances place a spotlight on human stories, with masterful guitar arrangements that showcase impressive skills whilst allowing the songs themselves the space to shine. Taking inspiration from the likes of Nic Jones and Martin Carthy, he delivers a sound that appears stripped back and effortless, yet brimming with hidden complexities. 

Focusing on archive material, George seeks out songs that strike a chord at a personal level, before bringing them vividly to life for today’s audiences. Whether he’s reviving long-lost rarities or approaching well-known favourites, he looks to subvert expectations and offer new perspectives. Ultimately, his work is focused on emotional connection, providing a moving experience that will stay with you long after a gig has ended. 

Having honed his craft playing with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees Granny’s Attic for the last 13 years, George has come into his own as a singer, musician and composer. Alongside Granny’s Attic, he performs regularly in a duo with Matt Quinn, as well as with Leeds-based ceilidh band Captain Bullhead. He is also keen to collaborate on a wide range of other projects. He appeared in Mick Ryan’s folk opera Here At The Fair, was a guest on Pete Morton‘s 2020 album A Golden Thread, and was invited by Janis Ian to take part in her Better Times project. 

George’s solo work is an opportunity to further develop his own distinctive voice and pursue different directions. In 2020, he released his self-titled debut album, which was well received by reviewers and audiences alike, and was listed as one of Songlines magazine’s “Essential 10 Folk Albums of 2020”. George has also established Queer Folk with Sophie Crawford, through which he is working to explore queer folk songs and develop the LGBTQIA+ community on the trad folk scene. 

“He manages to convey simplicity and complexity at the same time – one of the hardest things for an artist to do.”
Janis Ian

“Supremely skilled, stylish, nimble and highly musical”
Living Tradition

“There’s a lot to be said for Sansome’s uncluttered approach, he has the vocals and guitar skills to stand alone”
Folk Radio UK

“There is a sweetness to his singing that stays with you”
English Dance and Song

“As a singer, George has much to offer… with a believably youthful (yet maturely considered) expressiveness”
fRoots

“Not only is George Sansome a skilled and sensitive interpreter of traditional songs, he is also fine guitarist and arranger”
Folking.com

“Sweet and uplifting singing and guitar”
FATEA