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Borders singer ready to Crank it Up

Published: 23 May 2012 09:300 comments

A SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD singer-songwriter from the Borders is set to support T in the Park bound We Were Promised Jetpacks at a concert in the region this weekend.

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Georgia Gordon, from Kirkton Manor, is to feature on the bill of Crank it Up, the flagship concert of the TweedLove Bike Festival programme at the town's Burgh Hall tomorrow (Saturday, June 2).

She was chosen from about 50 applications from local bands and artists who applied to support the headliners at the festival's grand finale, which will also include a special one-off DJ set from Selkirk band Frightened Rabbit.

It could be the start of an exciting career for the teenager, who has just completed her studies at Peebles High School and has been given an offer to study a degree in Popular Music at Napier University in Edinburgh.

However, she revealed she had to be persuaded to get on stage - by Eddleston-based singer-songwriter Cathy Stewart and Galashiels singer-songwriter Craig Jeffrey - for her first public performance at a Musik Shak workshop for teenagers at Innerleithen Music Festival in 2010.

Looking ahead to this weekend's concert, Georgia, who began playing guitar aged 11, said: "I'm really chuffed to support We Were Promised Jetpacks at the Tweedlove Festival Crank It Up gig as I've been a fan of them for a while.

"I've been influenced by a lot of things and people over the years, my main influences being KT Tunstall. Paolo Nutini, Angus and Julia Stone. I Blame Coco and Bombay Bicycle Club are also huge inspirations of mine."

Over the last few years Georgia has garnered a local following playing gigs at various venues throughout the Borders, including the Vale Club at Innerleithen Music Festival and the String Jam Club in Galashiels.

She has also played in the final of a Battle of the Bands competition at Studio 24 in Edinburgh and, earlier this year, performed on the Danny Kyle stage at Celtic Connections in Glasgow - Scotland's premier winter music festival.

And, after performing at TweedLove, Georgia - such is her passion for music - has lined up a few gigs in Kansas City - while on holiday in the United States.

She now looks to have great prospects for success with her music, describing her songs as relatively light hearted but still meaningful. They are a mix of acoustic/indie/folk influenced by her mood or the bands she's listening to at that particular time.

TweedLove festival director, Neil Dalgleish, said: "It's great to be able to include another local artist on the Crank It Up bill. Georgia is undoubtedly catching people's attention with her unique voice and great songs."

Tickets for Crank It Up, priced £15, are only available to buy until midnight on Friday. They can be bought online at the following address - http://tweedlove.com/events/crank-it-up.

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