A musician, composer and a teller of stories.
previously “Nigel of Bermondsey”
“Possibly the best way to spend a summer eve…Bermondsey bliss!” Time Out (on musical story walk of Bermondsey)
Read Time Out’s Blog about him here.
As well as the usual folk clubs and festivals, recent performances include the Southbank Centre, the Garden Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe, Cecil Sharp House and the extraordinary Atlantis Bookshop in Holborn. George Hoyle also provides most of the musical storytelling for London Dreamtime.
He creates songs from the stories of museums and historical sites, businesses, shopping centres, residential moorings, parks, farms and cemeteries. He also runs very successful song-writing workshops with schools and the local community. He wrote songs about Abortion, Breast Cancer and FGM for a two-year story and song project with UCL (University College London) which won the Provost Award for Public Engagement.
He runs the ‘South East London Folklore Society’ (a group dedicated to London folklore and the esoteric) and gives regular talks about history and folklore.
Listen to his podcast of story-songs specially created by Londonist.
He has released a number of albums, the most recent being ‘Into The Greenwood’ which was celebrated in this London Dreamtime event.
“Charming & mesmeric” Guardian
More about George: he has been a professional musician since 1996. In a former life he was a performer and writer in the mildly infamous band, “Gay Dad”, toured extensively in Europe, the USA, the UK and Japan, played in venues from the Astoria and the Hollywood Bowl to the Viper Rooms, performed at all the major festivals including Glastonbury and appeared on all the major music TV programmes from ‘Later with Jools Holland’ to ‘Top of the Pops’. He has maybe a hundred professional releases to his name in countless genres, on labels from London Records to DFA. He has collaborated with many artists including Alison Clarkson (Betty Boo) and Roy Kerr (the Freelance Hellraiser). A song he wrote for Blue’s Lee Ryan was a number one.
If you want to book George for a musical storytelling performance, email [email protected]