WITH his inimitable stage presence and an immense repertoire from folk to country, rock to comedy, Galashiels troubadour George Ingles has been one of the most endearing and enduring performers on the Borders club and function scene for more than four decades.
“You could say that I’ve paid my dues,” smiled George with just a hint of understatement as he prepared to board a flight to Dublin this week.
For George is moving onwards and upwards career-wise and his visit to the Emerald Isle is to help promote Barstool Cowboy, his self-penned debut album, which is launched today.
The CD, recorded at the Tweedmouth studios of Bearback Records, comes 10 months after the title track shot to number one in the UK and Ireland Country Charts.
Earlier this year George and his band Rockin’ Horse were again on top of that particular pile with his follow-up single The Man in Black.
And on Monday the third single taken from the album, Took A Train, hit the top spot to rack up at memorable hat-trick.
The chart is complied by Hot Disc from the ratings given to songs by DJs and industry professionals working in the genre and is based on radio plays. The title track has the added bonus of becoming a line-dance standard on a par with Achy Breaky Heart.
And with Ireland being such a huge market for country music, George is only too happy to start the promotional drive there with television and radio interviews lined up.
The album itself comprises 10 tracks, all performed by Rockin’ Horse with guitar licks added by the legendary Border Boogie Band stalwart Frank Usher.
An initial run of 1,000 CDs has been distributed and, from today, these will be available in local outlets across the region, including music shops and garages.
Brian Martin of Bearback Records revealed that a series of George Ingles roadshows was being organised for later this year at larger venues across the region.
“George Ingles already has a huge following, but we hope the roadshows will bring the work of the immensely talented, but up to now nationally unrated artist, to an even wider audience.”