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Andy White

Originally from Belfast but now living in Australia, Andy continues to fill venues around the world with his winning personality and high energy stage performances. In 2012 Andy published the brilliant “21st Century Troubadour” – an often hilarious account of life on the road for the travelling musician. To accompany the book launch he also released a double CD of the same name – one CD an impeccable retrospective featuring great songs such as ‘Berlin 6am’ and ‘Italian Girls on Mopeds’ and the other a selection of spoken segments from the book. In 2014 he released a brand new studio album ‘How Things Are’ – a brave record of a disintegrating marriage it is  Andy's 11th studio album and his  most intimate to date. Released in the UK in February 2014, the album contains a beautiful and honest collection of songs straight from the heart, recorded... and it could well be his best yet. Certainly one of our national treasures.

‘Songwriter is on repeat in my car stereo - and if Andy never writes another song in his life - it doesn't matter. 'If You Want It' is simply one of the best songs I've ever heard.’ Ivan Martin, one of Northern Ireland’s top DJs

’I love this man and his music. Rave on!...
I love this man and his music. Rave on!’ Janice Long, BBC Radio 2

This international treasure is a storyteller in th...
This international treasure is a storyteller in the classical mould who weaves his words with gorgeous melodies and wry humour. Blisteringly romantic without being sentimental.’ The Stage

’The expatriate Irish singer-songwriter's new CD pl...Throughout his career, Andy White has made intelligent, compelling music’ Financial Times

‘A national treasure’ The Music Critic

‘25 years after he began to stake his patch in the music world, the self-styled bard of Belfast not only shows no sign of slowing down, but he even has the effrontery to sound better than ever.’ Whisperin' and Hollerin'

To wet your appitite here is a 35 minute acoustic set filmed in the run-up to Andy's 2015 Australian 'How Things Are launch'....

Andy White, one of the great Irish singer-songwriters, tours the world with his 12 string guitar in one hand and a book of poetry in the other. He has worked with the likes of Peter Gabriel and Tim Finn, been the A of ALT and won Ireland's top songwriting award.

Since his breakthrough single ‘Religious Persuasion’, Belfast-born Andy has produced nine internationally released albums. The latest of these, ‘Songwriter’ (Floating World, 2009), was recorded in Vancouver and Real World Studios by legendary UK producer John Leckie (Radiohead, Muse, Pink Floyd).

‘Songwriter’ reflects writing collaborations he has been working on for the past few years—with Canadians Allison Russell (Po'Girl) and Stephen Fearing (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings), Australian writer Sean Sennett and Scots producer Stuart Crichton. The band on the album includes members of Neko Case’s group,

Po’ Girl, and the Be Good Tanyas, and features virtuoso pianist and accordion player Radoslav Lorkovic (Odetta, Jimmy Le Fave), Belfast born Andy has merged pop sensibility with lyrical excellence, social commentary and acoustic guitars ever since ‘Religious Persuasion’ (Stiff Records, 1985) and first album ‘Rave On Andy White’ (Decca, 1986).

They called him Belfast’s Bob Dylan as he emerged in the new wave of acoustic music headed by The Pogues. Melody Maker reviewed his first album with the headline ‘Yer Man’s Brilliant!’ and Folk Roots made him a cover star.

Andy has worked with the great names of Irish music including Van Morrison and Mary Black. Sinead O’Connor and The Frames have guested on his recordings and Andy was included in the Irish HQ Rock Hall of Fame in 1998.

Socially aware in a way which comes naturally to someone who grew up in Belfast during the 70s and 80s, Andy’s work has always reflected his time and place. In trying to make this particular experience universal, his writing incorporates and transcends the boundaries of his native land.

In 1994 Andy was introduced to Australia by Tim Finn – Andy was one third of folk supertrio ALT along with Tim and his Dun Laoghaire flatmate Liam Ó Maonlaí.  After recording and releasing their album ‘Altitude’ (EMI, 1995) and promoting it worldwide, Andy returned to Australia to tour solo, signed to publisher Mushroom Music and wrote Cathy Freeman’s Sydney Olympics anthem ‘Coz I’m Free’ with Christine Anu in 1999 which was performed at the opening ceremony.

Meantime Andy recorded ‘Teenage’ in Dublin, featuring the single ‘Get Back Home’. Released in 1996, this album signalled a return to Cooking Vinyl who followed it up in 1998 with the ‘best of’ collection ‘Compilation’.

After appearing at WOMAD Singapore, the Real World/WOMAD organization took Andy under their wing, releasing a live album ‘Speechless’ (WOMAD Select, 2000) and booking Andy to appear at many WOMAD festivals from South African to Seattle. Andy’s mix of lyrical excellence, songwriting, political passion and social awareness are what attracted them, and the relationship continues to this day.

In conjunction with the performance album, which featured both songs and poems, Lagan Press published a book of Andy’s lyrics and poems entitled  ‘The Music of What Happens’ (1999). The book was launched at the Dublin Writer’s Festival and Cúirt in Galway.

In the meantime, Andy wrote an eponymous album in Switzerland, returning to Dublin to record it in Temple Bar with a team of friends including Kieran and Maria Doyle-Kennedy, Bronagh Gallagher, his sister Cathy, Liam O Maonlaí, Dave Clarke and Nick Seymour. ‘Andy White’ was the first of Andy’s albums to be released by UK label Floating World, in 2001.

Andy moved to Melbourne the following year, finding a new home and the inspiration to write the albums ‘Boy 40’ (Floating World, 2003), ‘Garageband’ (2006), and ‘Songwriter’ (2009) and the latest a collaboration with the double award winner Juno Canadian singer songwriter Stephen Fearing ‘Fearing & White (2011)

Highlights of the past few years include being musical director and host of WOMAD UK gala finales at Las Palmas in Spain and Reading UK in 2005, working with John Leckie on the past two albums, co-writing and producing artists in Italy, Netherlands and the UK, tutoring WOMAD Summer School and the UK Songwriting Festival.

The world of Andy White is peripatetic, intuitive, never uneventful. In November 2009 Lagan Press published ‘21st Century Troubadour’ Andy’s on-the-road journal, which tells the whole story. It could be subtitled, after one of Andy’s best-known songs, ‘Street Scenes From My Heart’. In 2011 Andy toured throughout North America and Europe with his long term friend Stephen Fearing (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings) to support their joint album Fearing & White. 2012 saw a new double CD – one CD an impeccable retrospective featuring great songs such as ‘Berlin 6am’ and ‘Italian Girls on Mopeds’ and the other a selection of spoken segments from the book ‘21st Century Troubadour’


Discography

Rave on Andy White (Decca/MCA, 1986)
Kiss The Big Stone (Decca, 1988)
Himself (Cooking Vinyl, 1990)
Out There (Warners, 1992)
Destination Beautiful (Warners, 1994)
Altitude - as ALT - (Parlophone, 1995)
Teenage (Cooking Vinyl, 1996)
Compilation (Cooking Vinyl, 1998)
Andy White (Floating World/ALT Recordings, 2001)
Boy 40 (Floating World/ALT Recordings, 2003)
Garageband (Floating World 2006/Wildflower, 2009)
Songwriter (Floating World, 2009)
21st Century Troubadour (Floating World) 2012
How Things Are  2014

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