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“From rage to sage, it ain’t too late to discover one of our best kept secrets” MOJO “I love this man, and his music. Rave on!” JANICE LONG / BBC RADIO 2

Belfast born and raised, but now living in Melbourne, Andy White has earned a global following for blending folk and pop stylings with a poet’s sensibility.

HOW THINGS ARE is Andy’s 11th studio album, and his most intimate to date. Released through Floating World Records last February, the album contains a beautiful and honest collection of songs, straight from the heart.

Never afraid to write about a difficult situation, HOW THINGS ARE came about after Andy’s 15 year long marriage ended, in order to answer the question “How are things?” Whilst detailing his heartbreak in his writing, Andy’s optimistic and appreciative outlook on life has managed to create an empowering and uplifting album, full of promise.

Recorded in his studio The Growlery, with son Sebastian on drums and a one-woman string section, the style ranges from full-on rock to impressionistic acoustic, all shot through with Andy’s trademark wit, and what one critic called his “sheer soul”.

Andy is excited to be returning to Dublin for a special show in Whelan’s. He’s played many special shows over the years. Closing down the main room with an acoustic performance in the middle of the audience, selling it out for nights in a row with ALT, jamming in the dressing room with various Hothouse Flowers and members of Dervish – the dressing room which is now the Upstairs venue.

Known for his collaborations with Tim Finn (Crowded House) and Liam O’Maonlai, as well as his solo work, Andy White has been one of Ireland’s most accomplished and respected song-writers since his 1986 debut, Rave on Andy White.

He has released 10 studio albums, from ‘Rave On’ to ‘Songwriter’ in 2009, two books of poetry, and ‘21st Century Troubadour’, an on the road journal/novel with accompanying double CD, in 2011. Working with the great names of Irish music and writing with the likes of Peter Gabriel and Neil and Tim Finn, Andy accolades, awards and toured the world many times over.

Perhaps no one has articulated the experience of growing up in the chaos of Belfast of the 70s and 80s (he was on the stairs of Good Vibrations every Saturday morning), heading out into the world of literature (Andy studied at Cambridge), rock’n’roll (signed to Stiff Records) and travel (yes, he’s a fully paid-up 21st Century Troubadour) quite like Andy White. The new album, in his own words:

“How Things Are is a celebration of, as well as a valediction to, a time that’s gone. More ‘Street Scenes From My Heart’. As well as the end of something, this is a first chapter.”


€15 available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings)

Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.


Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue (FREE ENTRY, 12am).