- 14 Jul 21
George Hutton Senior received his first cap in 1968 when Northern Ireland beat Scotland for the first time in 47 years.
Acclaimed Irish folksinger and lyric tenor George Hutton has unveiled the touching video for his latest single 'One Shot', premiered below.
Having shared stages with Glen Hansard, Phil Coulter, Hozier, Moya Brennan and more Hutton launched his solo career with the release of Chapter One in 2018, followed by Home in 2020.
Featuring strong lyrics and a powerful chorus – and with the driving four-to-the-floor building into an epic bridge – 'One Shot' has all the elements of a pop classic.
The gorgeous new visual offering was inspired by the life of George's father - once a professional footballer who received his first and last international cap in 1968, when the Northern Ireland team beat Scotland 4-2.
George Hutton Senior became the main focus behind the song. At 75, George's father still works as a carpenter. As a former footballer, he also trains regularly and pushes himself everyday.
"Football has been a huge part of my upbringing," George tells Hot Press. "Sport and music are a huge part of my life and that will never change. The truth is if it wasn't for the love of my parents, I wouldn't be where I'm at now. It's nice to pay homage to my folks for all their love and support – but this song is also a departure and the beginning of something new for me."
Jamie Steele helped to edit George's final video cut, while 'One Shot' was produced by Paul Casey. The song also features Paul on guitars, Liam Bradley on drums and percussion, and Johnny McCullough on keys.
The video sees a young George Hutton Senior training as a footballer back in the '60s, interspersed with clips of the now-75 year-old carpenter walking his beloved Derry city. George Junior makes an appearance in the video, belting the lyrics from a beach while sporting a football jersey.
"This is the preservation of a memory, this is something my family can look back on in years to come and say ‘Look at what my Grandad or great grandad did'. My Dad proudly wore the candy stripes of Derry City FC. Football runs deep throughout my family, with my Uncles, Peter and Tony winning the FAI cup, and playing in the UEFA Cup, and my cousin ‘Pizza’ captaining Derry to multiple FAI and League Cups," George remarks.
"It’s a thank you, and a show of respect and reverence to my dad and my family - but more importantly, people should never write off those old or elderly. Their stories could be legendary. I've seen far too much negative rhetoric of ‘out with the old’ during the pandemic and I’d love to see some of the young people try their hand at what those before them went through. Most of them wouldn’t last a minute. I used the talents I have to best channel a message of respect, but also a message of never giving up, to pursue your passions with a ferocious dedication and passion."
George's reverence for Derry is clear from the lyrics, but the visuals showcase a different side to the talented musician.
"This song represents the people of Derry: if it wasn’t for the local community, this video and song would never have happened. Filmed by myself, but included is the brilliant Kyle Casey, an unbelievable hair stylist based at Atilier, Derry who played the role of my Dad. Then we have Ryan Watkins, co-founder of independent Irish streetwear brand Storefront and a brilliant local GAA player."
Known for vocals that are both powerful and intimate, in 'One Shot', George Hutton turns in an especially evocative performance. It is a fascinating new departure for the singer-songwriter.
Hutton is also set to release a new EP at the end of August.
Check out the beautiful video for 'One Shot' below: