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One of the most memorable shows that we have hosted over the past 8 years was a song-swap with George Ensle and Todd Hoke and we are excited to have them back to entertain us with their songs and wit. This concert will be shortly before my birthday and I can't think of a better to celebrate than with a houseful of friends enjoying these two fine songwriters. You can watch videos of Todd and George at our house by clicking here.
George is a song painter, painting songs with reverence and compassion mixed with a healthy dose of wit and wisdom. He paints real people making it in the real world. After being given his first guitar by his parents at age 13, George learned how to play classically which influenced his unique finger picking style later on. In 1977, George won the prestigious Kerrville
Song Swap with Todd Hoke and George Ensle
New Folk competition and one of the judges, Townes Van Zandt, later included George as one of the contemporary performers he admired along with Guy Clark, David Olney, and Gamble Rogers. His songs have been recorded by Gary P. Nunn, Bob Cheevers, Will T. Massey, Jeff Talmadge, The Flyin’ A’s, Chuck Hawthorne, and others. After more than 50 years as a performing songwriter, George was inducted into the Houston Folk Archives at Rice University in 2017. He has released 7 studio albums and 2 live albums.
Todd’s songs cover a wide array of topics, styles, and moods often described as rootsy folksy bluesy musicy music. His influences include Townes Van Zandt, Leon Redbone, Guy Clark, Tom Waits, and Louis Armstrong. According to his website, Todd does not sing songs about rainbows, unicorns, dolphins, elves or fairies. Todd has released 3 albums and he donates 100% of money from his CD sales to charity, proving that Todd is a nice person, as his mother has said (according to Todd, I have not been able to independently confirm that however).