Aug 23, The Oriental Hotel
SEPT 21, WOLLOMBI festival
Oct 23, WOllombi at the STAtion
You know you’re about to experience something special when a naked voice can silence a room, especially one filled with people nursing cocktails and single-malt whiskies.
Newcastle’s Georgia-Rose Peaches Davies-Kefeček, better known professionally as Georgie Jones, possesses one of those voices.
On Wednesday night she began her monthly residency at Newcastle speakeasy cocktail bar Coal & Cedar with an unaccompanied version of Plaisir d’amour. It silenced the full house, and seduced even the most cynical Francophile, to set the mood for the rest of her performance.
While her background is originally classical and jazz-based, Jones describes this project as an eclectic blend of blues, jazz and soul, with just a hint of country. She cites her influences as female artists like Kate Bush, Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald. Patsy Cline and Connie Francis are also noted as bringing country flavour to the mix.
About half the songs she writes appear from the ether. An example she gives is of waking up one night and singing a song from start to finish. Luckily for her, and the audience, she recorded it. This song is still performed in this original unedited form.
The other half are more contemplated as a means to vent or tell personal stories. The performance of her own material was powerful and emotional, recognising human frailty, but never falling into melancholy and despair.
Her band of Tim Evans (drums), Brennan Fell (bass) and Jason Lowe (guitar), were not mere passengers along for the ride.
They implicitly understood the power and emotion of the songs, bringing light and shade, restraint and abandon, the dynamics that enabled the songs to fulfill their promise.
- Paul Dear
Photography by Hannah Rose Robinson
Album Artwork by Kwaku Atuahene