George Washingmachine

George Washingmachine

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George has had a vast and varied career in the entertainment business, as a musician, actor and comedian. As a child he trained for 7 years as a classical violinist, however, left all that behind when he formed his rhythm & blues band, The Dead Wringers in which he played guitar and sang. In 1984, George moved to Sydney and started playing jazz fiddle with The Conway Brothers Hiccup Orchestra. In the same year he performed with Graham Bond in the stage show "Captain Bloody".

In 1985 he worked with Circus Oz and did some featured extra work in the film Bliss and the television mini-series "Shout! The Johnny O'Keefe Story". A foray into Shakespeare followed with Hamlet in 1986 for The Adelaide Arts Festival. In the same year he toured to the UK and Edinburgh Festival with The Hiccups Orchestra and was musical director and acted for The Sydney Theatre Company’s production of "The King Of Country".

In 1987 George and guitarist Ian Date formed Sweet Atmosphere, a string jazz quartet. They released their debut self-titled album in 1989. George continued acting over the next few years with the Canberra Theatre Company, Jigsaw Theatre Company, the Storytellers Theatre Company and the Darwin Theatre Company. In 1990 he formed Jalousie with Ignatious Jones. He also composed music for such notable productions as Mr Squiggle and the Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company.

In 1991 he played the lead role of Cookie in the musical, "Return To The Forbidden Planet", which toured to Melbourne in 1992 and Brisbane in 1993. In 1992 he performed as an alien grub in the television series "Miraculous Mellops", acted the part of a drunk in "Miss Julie" for the Sydney Theatre Company and accompanied Wendy Harmer on a national tour of "Please Send More Money".

He also played a guest role in one of the final episodes of "Chances", and in "A Country Practice". In 1993 George performed the role of Jake, in "The Official Tribute To The Blues Brothers Show". 1994 saw George appear as Guildenstern in "Hamlet" for Company B at Belvoir St, Crook Finger Jack in "The Threepenny Opera" for the STC; Bush Band Member in the film "On Our Selection" and started 1995 appearing as Lord Chamberlain in "Cinderella".

George & Ian Date have 2 more CD releases: Acid Trad and The Dee Why Sessions.

George continues to appear at all the major jazz and arts festivals in Australia. In 1997 he toured France and Holland and appeared at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival. In 1998 he toured Germany, Holland, Sweden and Finland with Ian Date. He also joined the vocal group High Five which released the CD Blues Point early in 1998.

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