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The Yours Only George website presents an exclusive interview with Toby Bourke

After listening for months to the beautiful "Waltz Away Dreaming" ballad, we began wondering more about the main writer and singer, Toby Bourke. We knew Mr. Bourke was the first ĘGEAN artist to release a single, but that was about it. As a result, we wrote to ĘGEAN a few months ago and asked for a cyber interview. Mr. Bourke very graciously took a few minutes out of his busy recording schedule to answer our "questionnaire." And as you'll find out, he has an incredibly good sense of humour!

It's a cyber thrill to present this exclusive interview to the many supporters of the Yours Only George website.

Special thanks to Shirlie Kemp for helping us with our interview. :)


Can you tell us a little about your background?

I was born in London in 1965. I've got one brother and one sister (both are singers as well). I went to school in Yorkshire at a place called Ampleworth & then to University in Wales. I've got a degree in politics, I've been a builder, a van driver, a salesman, but I prefer doing what I do now (funnily enough!)

When is your birthday?

7/2/65 (Editor's note: 7 February 1965)

Do you have any nicknames?



How does it feel to have a successful first single?

It takes a while to sink in. When I first heard it on radio I was sick!

We have to ask :) What is it like working with George?

What do you reckon.

What is it like working with AEGEAN?

Very good but not as good as (4 & 5). (The questions were numbered when we sent them to Mr. Bourke. He is referring to the two previous questions.)


Who are your musical influences?

1997 pop, Dylan, Shane Mc Gowan & Paul Brady.

Do you plan to write all of your own material? Why or why not?

Yes - you generally have more feeling for your own words and that should show in the recording.

Describe a few of the songs you're currently working on or have finished.

Next single 'Our Favourite Song' - upbeat semi bossa.

Who are your favourite singers/bands right now?

Dylan - He's 56 & still manages to bring out an album as good as his new one 'Time out of Mind'.


Will you attend chats at the AEGEAN site to "meet" your fans?

Only if you ask nicely.

How do you feel about your music being released worldwide on the web?

I don't know if anyone has bought it yet.


What is your next single and when will it be released?

'Our favourite Song' Feb 98.

Where would you like to be 5 years from now?

Still working, still alive, still doing questionnaires for Shirlie & owning some decent guitars for a change!


Once again, we'd like to thank the very nice and extremely talented Mr. Toby Bourke for answering our questions! We look forward to hearing more of your songs in the future! :)


(The ĘGEAN logo and photograph of Toby Bourke
were used with kind permission from ĘGEAN NET.)


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