George Welch & Christine Jeans


George Welch was born in Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne, and spent much of his youth playing in bands – first as a drummer in The Mercenaries, later playing guitar, cittern and vocals in Heritage and Crooked Oak. He was later in duos with Paul Dickman, harpist Tristram Robson and for many good years as The Cheap Sunglasses Serenaders with Phil Ranson. He went on to add ukulele to his list of talents and make the instrument so popular in the North East.
 
Christine Jeans is an accomplished musician, writer and photographer. When these two are together:

…. “George and Christine tickle the strings of various ukuleles, guitars, banjos and even a miniature bass, while simultaneously tickling our funny bones and touching our hearts with songs traditional and modern, on themes of love, brotherhood and hard work.'”
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George and Christine were the worthy winners of the 2019 Musician Of The Year Award at the North Tyneside Ukulele Festival.