Irish singer-songwriter ANDY WHITE carries a 12 string guitar under his arm and wears his particular brand of Irish magic and charm on his sleeve. With the political edge of the young Bob Dylan, the romance of David Gray and the Celtic influences and lyricism of the Waterboys, an Andy White concert is a special experience.
Belfast-born Andy has ten internationally released solo albums, two compilations and a book of poetry to his name. He has worked and played with some great musicians and writers Peter Gabriel, Sinead OConnor, the Finn Brothers amongst others. He won Irelands Hot Press Songwriter of the Year a few years ago, beating Bono and Christy Moore to the finishing line.
Although all of Andys albums are still available through his website, current releases include the new album SONGWRITER, his previous studio album GARAGEBAND; a live album released by WOMAD/Real World entitled SPEECHLESS which includes his best-known songs Religious Persuasion, Looking For James Joyces Grave, Street Scenes From My Heart; and a collection of rarities compiled from out-takes, B sides and live recordings – RARE.
As well as a solo performer who travels the world a couple of times a year, Andy was the A of folk supertrio ALT along with Tim Finn (T) and Liam O Maonlai (yes, L). The threesome toured the globe and released a studio album ALTITUDE and a live recording BOOTLEG. After Tim introduced Andy to Australia, he returned to write songs with Christine Anu, including Coz Im Free which became Cathy Freemans Olympic theme song. He eventually relocated to Melbourne in early 2002.
Andy’s new album, SONGWRITER, released on Floating World this September 28, was recorded live in the studio in Vancouver, Canada, with members of Po’ Girl, the Be Good Tanyas, and Neko Case’s band. It’s a new, rootsier musical direction for Andy, and reflects writing collaborations he has been working on for the past few years. The band features Andy’s long-standing tour companion, virtuoso pianist and accordion player Radoslav Lorkovic, and the Real World session was once more overseen by old friend John Leckie.
There are songs co-written with Canadians Allison Russell from Po’ Girl and Stephen Fearing from Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Australian writer Sean Sennett, and one-man Scots hit factory Stuart Crichton.
Since his very first release RAVE ON ANDY WHITE in 1986 Yer mans a genius commented Melody Maker featuring Religious Persuasion, Andy White has released a series of beautiful albums. He is a singer-songwriter of and for our times, documenting the world and its current chaos and beauty with remarkable insight.