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 on XXXXX, 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”.
“Writing these songs was my way of coping. All of the songs are intense, but it’s not all a sad story. Love at first sight? Yes, that Romeo and Juliet moment does exist. I know how lucky I am that it happened. Even just once is amazing.” ANDY WHITE
Andy is excited to be returning to the UK and Ireland in Jan/Feb 2014. The tour kicks off at Belfast’s REAL MUSIC CLUB at the Errigle Inn on 30th January, followed by WHELANS UPSTAIRS in Dub-lin on 31st January, and includes a show at London’s HALF MOON in Putney on 19th February.
Known for his collaborations with Tim Finn (Crowded House) and Liam O’Maonlai (Hothouse Flowers), as well as his solo work, Andy White has been one of Ireland’s most accomplished and respected song-writers since his 1985 debut EP, Religious Persuasion.
Andy has released 10 studio albums, from ‘Rave On Andy White’ in 1986 to ‘Songwriter’ in 2009, two books of poetry, and ‘21st Century Troubadour’, an on the road journal/novel with accompanying double CD, in 2011. He has worked with the great names of Irish music and written with the likes of Peter Gabriel and Neil and Tim Finn. In 1993 Andy won Hot Press Songwriter of the Year, for standout album ‘Out There’, which features one of his best known songs, ‘James Joyce’s Grave’.
Perhaps no one on the Irish music scene 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 books (Andy studied at Cambridge), rock’n’roll (signed to Stiff Records) and travel (he has toured the world many times over) quite like Andy White.
The new album is more than a postcard from the other side of the globe, in Andy’s 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.”
Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.
AFTER THE GIG
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).