Known as the Japanese Blues Cowboy and the Tsugaru shamisen player, George and Noriko have been kicking up a storm wherever they play. His lightning fast blues licks, and growling harmonica enhanced by the percussive sounds of the traditional, fretless three-string shamisen has morphed into a kind of bluegrass hard country blues.
George & Noriko’s banter and easy audience interaction makes them a popular choice with festivals and audiences alike. George is surrounded by a host of pedals, seated and thumping his slide guitar and alternating between vocals and harmonica, with Noriko bending into the sound with her shamisen and sharing vocal duties, they are an arresting sight and their sound is something you haven’t heard before. They prove that the blues is music for everyone, all cultures and ages and are sure to get you toe tapping and dancing!
George and Noriko won the Australian Busking Championships at Mortlake and the Infinite ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Award at The National Folk Festival in Canberra with their version of ‘Sweet Transvestite’!
Currently George & Noriko can be seen on Channel 7’s Australia’s Got Talent.
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