Ali George is a British singer-songwriter with a distinct fingerstyle guitar technique, mellow vocals, and an earthy songwriting style. Inspired most deeply by Bon Iver, Nick Drake, and John Martyn, he has been active in the southwest English folk scene for 20 years.
His 2020 album, Platys Yialos, marked a departure from his folk roots, and the lead single, Wait for the Mist to Clear, was praised by BBC Music Introducing DJ Sarah Gosling as an "absolute gem."
His latest album “Watchful Days” (released in August 2023) is his most daring to date, combining his enthusiasm for musical experimentation with solid songwriting and deeply personal lyrics. The album features cello from the award-winning Beth Porter, and drums from Josh Clark, a producer and musician who has worked closely with folk legend Kate Rusby.
George has been compared to Nick Drake and Mark Knopfler for his intricate guitar skills. Like Drake, he also employs experimental and obscure guitar tunings, and in his recent work, he has explored percussive and ambient guitar styles.
It's no surprise that George has made his way into the Permanent Collection of the British National Library with his six incredible albums. He's also supported some of the biggest names in the folk world, including Martin Simpson, Steve Tilston, Nick Harper, and Rory McLeod.