George Boomsma

George Boomsma is a progressive folk musician from Northallerton, North Yorkshire. George's effortless vocals and sensitive guitar playing evoke an intimate atmosphere that silences even the rowdiest of crowds.

George has released two albums, 'George Boomsma' released back in Summer 2016 and 'Do Something With The Night' which was released February 2018. He is currently in writing for his third.

He has played alongside artists and bands such as Neill Maccoll, Kathryn Williams, The Travelling Band, Skinny Lister, Emma Langford and Martha Tilston. He has been played on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music and performed at Latitude Festival 2016 on the BBC Introducing stage.

Summer 2017 he signed a publishing deal with Faber Alt which lead to his music played on the hit Japanese TV show 'Terrace House'. He has toured extensively throughout the U.K, The Netherlands and Ireland packing out venues such as The Greennote London, The Roisin Dubh Galway and Paardcafe De Haag.

"If it were possible for Nick Drake and Thom Yorke to collaborate, it might sound something like this."

Fresh On The Net

"Heartfelt writing, heart-stopping vocals and a perfect poised performance - what's not to like?"

Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music

"Songs of exquisite beauty, with a voice that could melt ice caps... gorgeous stuff."

Bob Fischer, BBC Tees

"Probably the best folk musician you’ve never heard of."

Culturefly

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Long drives down motorways to the next town
Myself to blame why I feel so run down
I can feel myself waiting
To believe in creating

All these days should be mine
I have to work through the night

Pack up your tent while it is still raining
Soaked to the bone but no ones complaining
I can feel myself waiting
To believe in creating

All these days should be mine
I have to work through the night

Keeping a lover far at the side
No one can hide
Feelings of mind, they come from the heart
We owe them so kind

You have a hold on me
Yes, you a lover were so good to me

Should I sail away?
Would I sail away?
Could I sail away?
Should I sail away?

Did I believe the sun could leave
With air and gold so fine to breathe
And hold on an autumn eve

With wind betrayed to call her name
The sound, the fall of a dying flame
But it moved on all the same

And you my friend were with me then sat on a hay bale
I know we started out as friends but could a love sail in
And cause us to spin
Through the gaze of our eyes in the time of a day
Turn to months, turn to years in a haze

Under stars we lay I wonder how to say
That I don't think I'd ever be the same
Loving you would move my heart to a framed warmth in camp fire flame

The songs we sung made the cold undone
And friends around we howl the sound
through the forest and the fields that surround

And you my friend were with me then sat on a hay bale
I know we started out as friends but could a love sail in
And cause us to spin
Through the gaze of our eyes in the time of a day
Turn to months, turn to years in a haze

Under stars we lay I wonder how to say
That I don't think I'd ever be the same
Loving you would move my heart to a framed warmth in camp fire flame

Benny boy sailing home
Do you know there's a storm?
And it brewed from a love that was there
For no one but her own sweet, selfish ways

Benny boy on your own
What's the score now your home?
While the other two sleep in the room next to you
And you hear them all night long

Benny boy don't you cry
You have friends, you'll get by
And the girl that was part of your world
And has been on your mind will fade away

If I came to Bristol would it be alright
If you showed me about the place and you take me for a ride
You put me up for a while

I don't mind if love falls through
I just want to know you

I have thought of you a couple times and more
The sweetest love I ever could adore
And you say you've thought of me

I don't mind if love falls through
I just want to know you

Our time was so short but oh, was so fine
I just want to live those days again but this time
I'd stay to say goodbye

I don't mind if love falls through
I just want to know you

Dreaming brother of mine
How did you find your life so defined
By doctors and borders? Did you fly too high?
Brother of mine

No I won't lie for your side I am by and bound
Please don't try to hide and shy
Who you are inside
Brother of mine

Smoking cigarettes you stay the same
Talk on things I knew would never change
I don't know you any other way
And I wouldn't dream to even try

Yes I know they annoy to aggravation
But it's our mother, father, sister, brother
They would never run, never hide
To show their pride
Brother of mine

Sunday mornings tend to be the same
Never so lucky how now I'll be in no pain
From a night of sweetest joy you bring
How I fall into this deepest sleep I'm in

Now you see me will you call my name
Will you pause and let us hold this perfect frame
Songs through coldest night, we both can sing
Will you stay till lucid dreams come rushing in

Walking home through the stone
Roam to Rome, frosted bite we tread slow
Guided light, glowing bright
Holding hands with avenue green at night

Love will play it's part to spare a load
Trees that fall in line to guide us on the road
Minding numbness that I feel within
Your kiss so sweet clears the pain that should have been

Walking home through the stone
Roam to Rome, frosted bite we tread slow
Guided light, glowing bright
Holding hands with avenue green at night

You were my lover almost three years ago
And my heart, still for you, beats the same
You've found another, I know, and you hold him close
And you have long since forgotten my name

Oh darlin' of mine I need some help to find the time
To be a lover for somebody new
It's been a long time since you have been here in my arms
And yet I'm still here dreaming of you

I feel so lonesome whenever I see your smile
As I know it could never be mine
And as your living so far from where we once were
It's as though you now think us a crime

Oh darlin' of mine I need some help to find the time
To be a lover for somebody new
It's been a long time since you have been here in my arms
And yet I'm still here dreaming of you

How high the mountain
How high the air
With you my darling
Together we share

And I will hold you close and I won't let go
So we won't fall down, down below

The sun has fallen
From the summer glow
The night sky she finds us
So far away from home

But for the stars, the moon, the sky, I'll never find
Such a perfect moment, my darling and I

With two tea lights shining
One for you, one for me
We both make this heaven
For only us to see

And as we watch the world go by in our city of gold
we huddle close together to save from the cold

Cold morning air
These walks we share
Together we are two of a pair

I watched you grow
Through summers and snow
From one day old, so long ago

Run on my love across the fields
You gave us a joy that lasted years

Walks down the lane
Never feel the same
As though the sky, it starts to rain

And as I come home
Just to be alone
A friend in need has already flown

Run on my love across the fields
You gave us a joy that lasted years

Summer moves along and it brings the rain
Walking out the door it's always the same

And as my eyes close, that's when my heart shows
We were together, now only God knows
If I'll make it through the winter

Red sky at dawn, no end to a storm
Telling me of love, I'll never be warm

And as my eyes close, that's when my heart shows
We were together, now only God knows
If I'll make it through the winter

Holding me close with hearts own delight
Keeping me warm in cold lonesome night

Go then on your way, I won't make you stay
Colour in your dreams, I'll sit here in grey

And as my eyes close, that's when my heart shows
We were together, now only God knows
If I'll make it through the winter

As we walk home, the places we've known
Not much has changed but oh, how we've grown
You have my heart, this love I've shown
Feelings aside, I have to let go

Pieces of us on every corner
Things that have helped me come to know you
How could it be that I will be leaving soon?

I'll take your hand, hold it in mine
Try to forget this is the last time
I do not know what time will bring
I wish for you all of the best things

Pieces of us on every corner
Things that have helped me come to know you
How could it be that I will be leaving soon?

Life should be lived and I've never been alone
Don't you agree that it's time we walked on our own?

Pieces of us on every corner
Things that have helped me come to know you
How could it be that I will be leaving soon?

As we walk home, the places we've known
Not much has changed but oh, how we've grown

Here I am, head in the sand
Why did I come here? Why did I think I was home?
Sail through the ocean storm
I could feel a light at the end of the road

Isn't it sweet with nothing to eat
I should go and venture, I should see the sights of the town
What then could bring me down to my bended knee?
What could I hope to achieve?

When I return will I still yearn
To seek for a fortune on streets that are paved with gold?
I shouldn't feel so old now I'm here in heaven, here in hell
I came here on my own accord

What was your name?
There are so few who'd choose to stay.
I had no clue I wanted you,
you wanted me to fall clear in love with you.
What could I do but feign defeat from winter's heat.
Through open doors my heart was yours.

We were not friends
as I did find your dead sea bends cloud peace of mind.
I wanted you, you wanted me to stay here in Chinatown.
To hear the sound of rain that falls as morning calls.
A distant sea from my memory.

Your melted frame
caused me to feel a point to insane.
You felt so real I wanted you,
you wanted me to sleep here.

And in the morning as the sun comes up,
I've known that I should never push my luck.
I kiss you once and then I take my leave,
There are no words that we have left to speak.

The rain is falling down
I watch it to the ground all day.
Have you ever seen the sky
Look such an uninviting grey?
And yet I always say
If only I could stay
Northern bound

I always feel the cold
It makes me feel old with flu.
I never seem to warm
To any other form of freezing blue.
And yet I always say
If only I could stay
Northern bound

There's never someone new
It's always back to you my dear.
But love I can't pretend
Me white you always send
It's never more than a stumble to your door.
And yet I always say
If only I could stay
Northern bound
Northern bound

I can see rain drops fall
From the roof to the floor.
Is it me? Is it me or do we...

Still you're here sleeping sound
Lying next to me not yet drowned.
Is it me? Is it me or do we live here
In a room that is covered in mold?
With windows of old.
Five layers all told
To save from the night's cold.

Number 12 Berkeley Av
A summers dream we never had.
Is it me? Is it me or do we live here
In a room that is covered in mold?
With windows of old.
Five layers all told
To save from the night's cold.

Oh my dearest lover divine
You are beautiful.
You are wonderful
To stay here with me
And rot.

City walls brewing tea
Pantomimed evenings dream
Seasons have changed dear since we were last here.

What a night, your sweet kiss
My recalled catalyst
Seasons have changed dear since we were last here.

Holding you so close at night
Should I be less open to another lie?

Morning's hazed eyes that call
One friend's heart to give all
Seasons have changed dear since we were last here.

Holding you so close at night
Should I be less open to another lie?

Hello, it's just me.
How are you? I'm sorry for phoning but I have to say
That I've missed you so much since last weekend
I just need to know if you feel the same as me
Because I love you, I still love you.

No farewell from the phone
As the phrase lay alone.

Sir sit down in silence
Please turn off your mobile phone.
I force the door to open
You're sat there on your throne.

I need to be leaving soon, I'm Kingston bound
All you say is "Sir sit down, you're in the US now."

See the foreign man read
He's been here many times before.
Hear the elder lady
No English she can roar.

I need to be leaving soon, I'm Kingston bound
All you say is "Sir sit down, you're in the US now."

Jump out an airplane into the USA
To lock me up in a cell through the night and the day
Tell me where did I go wrong?
Where did I go wrong?

Show us your chest tattoo
Sir take off all your clothes.
When did you last visit
Atlanta Georgia before?

I need to be leaving soon, I'm Kingston bound
All you say is "Sir sit down, you're in the US."
Now do you see I have not decieved
So may I go free? The next flight's on you I believe.
I'm sorry sir, there's one flight per day.
Here is a room key.
I'm drinking all my sorrows away
In the hotel bar.

Jump out an airplane into the USA
To lock me up in a cell through the night and the day
Tell me where did I go wrong?
Where did I go wrong?

Our love could have seemed divine
As a life you shared from nine.
I should've stayed for you.

You were always on my mind
Though you lacked a thought in kind.
I should've stayed for you.

But I was out on the road.
Faces filled the places I would roam
When I should've been at home.

Holding close as you depart
Could have eased a suffering heart.
I should've stayed for you.

All the days when you were ill
I made sure you had all your fill
But when you died, I never said goodbye.

Because I was out on the road.
Faces filled the places I would roam
When I should've been at home.
I should've been at home.
I should've been at home.

Summertime feels it's best in Decemeber.
Weather so fine home is hard to remember.
How could I feel so alive? Summer in Winter with you.

Frozen nights and it feels like an encore.
Sunrises light the volcanoes to conquer.
How could I feel so alive? Summer in Winter with you.

Out on a mountain range, love without estrange.
Do I feel a change in my mind, in my heart?

Hold my hand I won't be a pretender.
One with a kiss and to you I surrender.
How could I feel so alive? Summer in Winter with
Summer in Winter with
Summer in Winter

You're not afraid to leave the cave
Out in the world, land of the brave.
You won't be depraved.
Tell me how do you feel on the somethings you conceal?

Are they all there speaking my mind
Without a thought, hopeful and kind?
They won't be confined.
Tell me how do you feel on the somethings you conceal?

Windows and panes that surround you like chains
Feel the gaze through the smoke on our holidays.
Our Summer holidays.

Don't you believe they all have lied?
Those who you love and those who have died?
I won't be denied.
Tell me how do you feel on the somethings you conceal?

Windows and panes that surround you like chains
Feel the gaze through the smoke on our holidays.
Our Summer holidays.

No conflict no collude
No conflict no collude
No conflict no collude
No conflict no collude

As the light begins to fade
I watch over you on your final day.
How does it feel?
How does it feel dying with our grace?
Love, was it our place?

You came to our home with your two sons.
We stuck with you then, now you're the last to go.
How does it feel?
How does it feel ending life so short?
Love, it's what we're taught.

How does it feel?
How does it feel now that you are gone?
Love, will you live on?

On this day so dignified, but you were only 25
As I am now when you died and were glorified.

Contalmaison little town, all the joy that can be found
In eating lunch on the green, how obscene I sit
Where trenches used to be.
By the road, Bell's Redoubt, Uncle Don you went all out
Hear the band as they play for the freedom
For the sacrifice you gave.

On this day so dignified, but you were only 25
As I am now when you died and were glorified.

I don't know how to think, my head and heart refuse to link.
Obviously I am proud that your actions
still are speaking out so loud
But a footballer to revere, a headmaster so sincere
From your choice, martyrdom,
something more you could have otherwise become.

Wife and child, brothers in arms.

On this day so dignified, but you were only 25
As I am now when you died and were glorified.

As I Am Now
Single

'As I Am Now' is a song written for the WW1 centenary about George's great, great Uncle, Donald Bell, who won the Victoria Cross during the war. It was recorded in the front room of a millhouse in Northallerton, North Yorkshire.

Released Oct 26th 2018


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Do Something With The Night
Album #2

George's second album 'Do Something With The Night' features 10 tracks written and recorded over the course of 2017. It was recorded in a DIY fashion in the front room of a millhouse and a local church in Northallerton, North Yorkshire.

Released Feb 16th 2018
10 Tracks

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George Boomsma
Album #1

George's self titled debut album was recorded in its entirety in one evening at All Saints church, Northallerton. All tracks were recorded live straight to a 4 track reel to reel recorder onto 1/4" tape. The album features Ridley Woof on Piano.

Released Aug 10th 2016
10 Tracks

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