Friday, October 30, 2015

Legends of Rock: Eric Burdon

About: Eric Burdon

Eric Victor Burdon (born 11 May 1941) is an English singer-songwriter best known as a member and vocalist of rock band the Animals and the funk band, War and for his aggressive stage performance. He was ranked 57th in Rolling Stone's list The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

The Animals

Burdon was lead singer of the Animals, formed during 1962 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The original band was the Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, which formed in 1958; they became The Animals shortly after Burdon joined the band. The Animals combined electric blues with rock and in the USA were one of the leading bands of the British Invasion. Along with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Hollies, the Dave Clark Five, and the Kinks, the group introduced British music and fashion. Burdon's powerful voice can be heard on the Animals' singles "The House of the Rising Sun", "Sky Pilot", "Monterey", "I'm Crying", "Boom Boom", "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "Bring It On Home to Me", "Baby Let Me Take You Home", "It's My Life", "We Gotta Get out of This Place", "Don't Bring Me Down", and "See See Rider".

By late 1966, the other original members, including keyboardist Alan Price, had left. Burdon has often attributed the disintegration of the band to conflict with Price, specifically that Price had claimed sole rights and ownership to “House of the Rising Sun.” Burdon and drummer Barry Jenkins reformed the group as Eric Burdon and The Animals. This more psychedelic incarnation featured future Family member John Weider and was sometimes called Eric Burdon and the New Animals. Keyboardist Zoot Money joined during 1968 until they split up in 1969. This group's hits included the ballad "San Franciscan Nights", the grunge–heavy metal-pioneering "When I Was Young", "Monterey", the anti-Vietnam anthem "Sky Pilot", and the progressive cover of "Ring of Fire".

In 1975, the original Animals reunited and recorded an album called Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted, released in 1977 and overlooked due to the dawning of punk. In May 1983, The Animals reunited with their original line-up and released the album Ark on 16 June 1983, along with the singles "The Night" and "Love Is For All Time". A world tour followed, and the concert at Wembley Arena, London, recorded on 31 December 1983, was released in 1984 as Rip it to Shreds. Their concert at the Royal Oak Theatre in April 1984 was released in 2008 as Last Live Show; the band members were augmented by Zoot Money, Nippy Noya, Steve Gregory, and Steve Grant. The original Animals broke up for the last time at the end of 1984.


During 1969, while living in San Francisco, Burdon joined forces with Californian funk rock band War. In April 1970, the resulting album created was entitled, Eric Burdon Declares "War", which produced the singles "Spill the Wine" and "Tobacco Road".

A two-disc set entitled “The Black-Man's Burdon”, was released later in September 1970. The singles from the double album, "Paint It, Black" and "They Can't Take Away Our Music", had moderate success during 1971. During this time Burdon collapsed on the stage during a concert caused by an asthma attack, and War continued the tour without him.

In 1976, a compilation album, Love Is All Around, released by ABC Records, included recordings of Eric Burdon with War doing a live version of "Paint it, Black" and a cover of The Beatles song "A Day in the Life." The band also featured ex-NFL star Deacon Jones who coined the term "quarterback sack" and sang on the band's 1975 song "Why Can't We Be Friends?"

Eric Burdon and War were reunited for the first time in 37 years, to perform an Eric Burdon & War reunion at the concert at the Royal Albert Hall London on 21 April 2008. The concert coincided with a major reissue campaign by Rhino Records (UK), which released all the War albums including Eric Burdon Declares "War" and The Black-Man's Burdon.

Solo Career

Burdon began a solo career in 1971 with the Eric Burdon Band, continuing with a hard rock–heavy metal–funk style. In August 1971, he recorded the album Guilty! which featured the blues shouter Jimmy Witherspoon, and also Ike White of the San Quentin Prison Band. In 1973, the band performed at the Reading Festival and in 1974 they travelled to New York City. At the end of 1974, the band released the album Sun Secrets and this was followed by the album Stop in 1975. Burdon moved to Germany in 1977 and recorded the album Survivor with a line-up including guitarist Alexis Korner and keyboardist Zoot Money; the album also had a line-up of four guitarists and three keyboard players and is known for its interesting album cover, which depicts Burdon screaming. The album was produced by former Animal's bassist Chas Chandler. The original release included a booklet of illustrated lyrics done in ink by Burdon himself.

In May 1978, he recorded the album Darkness Darkness at the Roundwood House in County Laois, Republic of Ireland, using Ronnie Lane's Mobile Studio and featuring guitarist and vocalist Bobby Tench from the Jeff Beck Group, who had left Streetwalkers a few months before. The album was eventually released in 1980. During January 1979, Burdon changed his band for a tour taking in Hamburg, Germany, and the Netherlands.

On 28 August 1982, "The Eric Burdon Band" including Red Young (keyboards) performed at the Rockpalast Open Air Concert in Lorelei, Germany. Following this Burdon toured heavily with his solo project from March 1984 to March 1985, taking in UK, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Canada and Australia. In 1986, Burdon published his autobiography entitled I Used To Be An Animal, But I'm Alright Now.

In March 1979, he played a concert in Cologne and changed the band's name to "Eric Burdon's Fire Department", whose line-up included backing vocalist Jackie Carter of Silver Convention, Bertram Engel of Udo Lindenberg's "Panik Orchester" and Jean-Jaques Kravetz. In mid 1980, they recorded the album The Last Drive. "Eric Burdon's Fire Department" toured Europe with this line-up and Paul Millins and Louisiana Red made special appearances in Spain and Italy. By December 1980, the band had broken up.

In April 1981, Christine Buschmann began to film Comeback with Burdon as the star. They created a new "Eric Burdon Band" whose line-up included Louisiana Red, Tony Braunagle, John Sterling and Snuffy Walden. This band recorded live tracks in Los Angeles. They also recorded in Berlin with another line-up, the only remaining member being John Sterling. In September 1981, the final scenes of Comeback were shot in the Berlin Metropole and Burdon and his band continued to tour through Australia and North America. A studio album titled Comeback was released in 1982. The 1983 album Power Company also included songs recorded during the Comeback project.

In 1988, he put together a band with 15 musicians including Andrew Giddings – keyboards, Steve Stroud – bass, Adrian Sheppard – drums, Jamie Moses – guitar and four backing vocalists to record the album I Used To Be An Animal in Malibu, in the United States. In 1990, Eric Burdon's cover version of "Sixteen Tons" was used for the film Joe Versus the Volcano. The song, which played at the beginning of the film, was also released as a single. He also recorded the singles "We Gotta Get out of this Place" with Katrina & The Waves and "No Man's Land" with Tony Carey and Anne Haigis. Later in 1990, he had a small line-up of an Eric Burdon Band featuring Jimmy Zavala (sax and harmonica), Dave Meros(bass), Jeff Naideau (keyboards), Thom Mooney (drums) and John Sterling (guitar) before he began a tour with The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and they appeared at a concert from Ventura Beach, California, which was released as a DVD on 20 June 2008.

On 13 April 2004, he released a "comeback" album, My Secret Life, which was his first album with new recordings for 16 years. When John Lee Hooker died in 2001, Burdon had written the song "Can't Kill the Boogieman" the co-writers of the songs, on the album, were Tony Braunagel and Marcelo Nova. In 2005, they released a live album, Athens Traffic Live, with special DVD bonus material and a bonus studio track and disbanded in November 2005. He began a short touring as "The Blues Knights".

On 27 January 2006, he released his blues–R&B album Soul of a Man. This album was dedicated to Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker. The cover of the album was a picture which was sent to Burdon a few years before. Burdon then formed a new band, with the following members: Red Young (keyboards), Paula O'Rourke (bass), Eric McFadden (guitar), Carl Carlton (guitar), and Wally Ingram (drums). They also performed at the Lugano Festival and in 2007 he toured as the headlining act of the "Hippiefest" line-up, produced and hosted by Country Joe McDonald.

Burdon, at 71, recorded an E.P. with Cincinnati garage band the Greenhornes called, simply, Eric Burdon & the Greenhornes. The album was recorded at an all-analogue recording studio, and released on 23 November 2012 as part of Record Store Day's "Black Friday."

In 2013, Eric Burdon came out with a new album called, “Til Your River Runs Dry”. The lead single off the album was called, "Water" and was inspired by a conversation he had with former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev.

Other Associations:

In 1991, Burdon and Brian Auger formed the "Eric Burdon – Brian Auger Band" with the following line-up: Eric Burdon – vocals, Brian Auger – keyboards, vocals, Dave Meros – bass, vocals, Don Kirkpatrick – guitar, vocals, and Paul Crowder – drums, vocals. By 1992, Larry Wilkins replaced Kirkpatrick and Karma Auger (Brian's son) replaced Crowder and in 1993 they added Richard Reguria (percussion). The live album Access All Areas was then released. In 1994 the "Eric Burdon – Brian Auger Band" disbanded. Burdon then formed the "Eric Burdon's i Band". The line-up included Larry Wilkins, Dean Restum (guitar), Dave Meros (bass) and Mark Craney (drums).

In 1995, Burdon made a guest appearance with Bon Jovi, singing "It's My Life"/"We Gotta Get out of This Place" medley at the Hall of Fame. He also released the album Lost Within the Halls of Fame, with past tracks and re-recordings of some songs from I Used to be an Animal. In October 1996, Aynsley Dunbar replaced Craney on drums. The Official Live Bootleg was recorded in 1997 and in May that year Larry Wilkins died of cancer. He also released the compilations Soldier of Fortune and I'm Ready which featured recordings from the 1970s and 1980s.

In 2000, he recorded the song "Power to the People" together with Ringo Starr and Billy Preston for the motion picture “Steal This Movie!”. On 11 May 2001, the Animals were inducted into the Rock Walk of Fame on Burdon's 60th birthday. On 3 March 2002, the live album Live in Seattle was recorded. Ex-War member Lee Oskar made a guest appearance on the album. In 2003 he made a guest appearance on the album Joyous in the City of Fools by the Greek rock band Pyx Lax, singing lead vocal on "Someone Wrote 'Save me' On a Wall".

In 2001, his second critically acclaimed memoir, "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," written with author/filmmaker J. Marshall Craig, was released in the US, followed by editions in Greece, Germany and Australia; it covers the British Invasion, moving to Los Angeles and Palm Springs, and various anecdotes about Rock and Roll stardom.

On 7 June 2008, Burdon performed at the memorial service of Bo Diddley in Gainesville, Florida. During July and August 2008, Burdon appeared as the headline act of the "Hippiefest". He also recorded the single "For What It's Worth" with Carl Carlton and Max Buskohl.

On 12 November 2008, Rolling Stone ranked Eric Burdon No. 57 on the list of the 100 Greatest Singers of all Time. On 22 January 2009 he first performed with his new band, including keyboardist Red Young, guitarist Rick Hirsch, bass player Jack Bryant and drummer Ed Friedland. For a few months he was sick and did not perform except in the United States. On 26 June, he began his European tour. The band included Red Young (keyboards), Billy Watts (guitar), Terry Wilson (bass), Brannen Temple (drums) and Georgia Dagaki (cretan lyra). The tour ended on 7 August.

On Monday 28 January 2013, Eric Burdon made a rare appearance performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, backed by the Roots. Fallon hyped Burdon's current album, 'Til Your River Runs Dry.

On Tuesday 23 July 2013, Eric was a guest on stage with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band at Cardiff Millennium Stadium, performing "We Gotta Get Out of This Place."

In August 2013, he toured with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo.


The sound of The Animals influenced many Britpop, alternative rock and power pop groups as well as the bands Deep Purple, The Black Crowes, The Hives, Grand Funk Railroad, MC5, The White Stripes and his voice has been highly respected by many singers such as Jim Morrison, Robert Plant, Tom Petty, David Johansen, Joe Cocker, Bruce Springsteen, Ian Hunter, Ryan Adams, Julian Thome, Jack White, John Mellencamp and Dan Zanes.


The Animals

1964 - The Animals
1965 - The Animals on Tour
1965 - Animal Tracks
1966 - Animalisms
1977 - Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted
1983 - Ark

Eric Burdon & The Animals

1967 - Eric Burdon & The Animals
1967 - Winds of Change
1968 - The Twain Shall Meet
1968 - Every One of Us
1968 - Love Is

Eric Burdon & War

1970 - Eric Burdon Declares "War"
1970 - The Black-Man's Burdon (double album)
1976 - Love Is All Around – 1976, No. 140 US

Eric Burdon & Jimmy Witherspoon

1971 - Guilty! (Re-released in 1976 as "Black & White Blues")

The Eric Burdon Band

1974 - Sun Secrets
1975 - Stop
1982 - Comeback

Eric Burdon

1977 - Survivor
1980 - Darkness Darkness
1980 - The Last Drive
1983 - Power Company
1988 - I Used To Be An Animal
1995 - Lost Within the Halls of Fame
2004 - My Secret Life
2006 - Soul of a Man
2008 - Mirage
2012 - Eric Burdon & The Greenhornes
2013 - 'Til Your River Runs Dry

Live Albums:

1965 – In The Beginning
1973 – The Animals with Sonny Boy Williamson
1984 – Rip It To Shreds: Greatest Hits Live, No. 195 in US
1985 – That's Live
1993 – Access All Areas
1996 – Eric Burdon Live
1998 – Live at the Roxy
2000 – The Official Live Bootleg #1
2000 – The Official Live Bootleg #2
2001 – The Official Live Bootleg 2000
2002 – Live in Seattle 2002
2005 – Athens Traffic Live
2009 – Live 17th October 1974

Eric Burdon – 2000 to 2019

Eric Burdon – 1980 to 1999

Eric Burdon – 1960 to 1979

Eric Burdon through the Years – (Live)

Eric Burdon Interviews through the Years

Eric Burdon LINKS:

Official Website



Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Marlon Williams

About: Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams is an award winning singer-songwriter from town of Lyttelton, New Zealand.

He released his debut solo album to critical acclaim in April, charting at 4 in New Zealand, and 31 in Australia in its opening week. The album has been called “captivating” by Rolling Stone, “a revelation” by Metro Magazine and “wonderfully accomplished” by the New Zealand Herald in a 5-star review. It has also featured on countless ‘Best of the Year So Far’ lists including Double J, Fasterlouder, Herald Sun, The Music and Timber & Steel

Williams’ sold out album release tour in June/July, including an epic hometown show at the 1300-capacity Theatre Royal in Christchurch. Performing with his band The Yarra Benders, the Sydney Morning Herald review glowed “what a terrific show. Fun and funny, sad and blue, it had flashes of modernity amid vast swathes of history and offered up the promise of a future completely unpredictable and completely watchable”.

Williams will spend 2015 touring the album in Australia and NZ, acting in several film and TV roles, and touring North America, UK and Europe before he releases the album internationally in early 2016.

With one of the purest voices in modern music, and the charisma and individuality to match it, the world is about to discover Marlon Williams.


Marlon Williams grew up singing in the Christchurch cathedral choir, before his punk rock dad turned him onto country music in his teens.

He founded The Unfaithful Ways at 17, with his high school friends and their science teacher, and quickly gained national attention, playing the Big Day Out, touring with Band of Horses and Justin Townes Earle, and picking up a Critics Choice award nomination at the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards for their debut album Free Rein.

Williams met acclaimed country singer Delaney Davidson in 2011, and the pair began performing as a duo. Over two years they released three volumes of the series, Sad But True: The Secret History Of Country Music Songwriting, garnering critical acclaim, including the New Zealand country song and country album of the year in 2013.

Relocating to Melbourne in mid-2013, Williams began performing solo around town and built a cult following playing a residency at local venue the Yarra Hotel. The buzz built nationally in 2014, with major festival and television appearances leading to sold out tours of Australia and New Zealand.

He released his debut solo album in April 2015 to critical acclaim, and will spend the year touring internationally alongside film and TV appearances.


“Picks his marks and hits them…captivating” Rolling Stone

“…his voice soars to the heavens and plucks at the heartstrings.” The Australian

“One of the most impressive country records this year” Tonedeaf

“At times impossibly fun, at others bone-achingly beautiful; Marlon Williams has delivered a gem” The Music

“The whole record is remarkable…” Music Feeds

“…sublime” Herald Sun

“Williams is also a singular artist who mimics none of his heroes, and has forged his own musical path” New Zealand Herald

“Williams’ combination of youthful enthusiasm, old-soul wisdom, and solid songwriting makes this debut a wonderfully accomplished record which justifies the hype he is getting” New Zealand Herald

“It’s a revelation: an album that will still be listened to and enjoyed a decade hence” Metro Magazine
“Marlon Williams solo debut is so effortlessly great…” Metro Magazine

“A big part of his charm is that voice, which almost single-handedly brings back the type of emotive yet eloquent crooning touched on by both Tim Buckley and his son Jeff, but which hasn’t really been done the way it needs to be done since those first crooners of rock and roll, those bedevilled songs of Bing like Elvis Presley and especially Roy Orbison” Metro Magazine

“Well, I have something to say. Do yourself a favour and buy this album. Buy it now, because it might just be one of the best country/folk/alternative/whatever-you-want-to-categorise-it records you listen to all year!” Speaker TV

Marlon Williams has one of the richest voices you’ll hear anywhere in New Zealand.” Sunday Star Times

Though this solo debut has been a long time coming he has built a strong reputation as a live performer across Australia and New Zealand, and that experience has filtered through on this superb album that never falters or loses its sense of wonderment across its thirty-five minutes” UTR

“Sorry, New Zealand – in the grand tradition of Crowded House, Sam Neill and Russell Crowe, Australia will be claiming Marlon Williams as our own. After all, the Lyttelton-born singer resides in Melbourne now, and really, he’s just that good, we’re having him” The Age

striking poise and unique polish” Mess & Noise

One of New Zealand’s finest musical exports” Renowned For Sound


2011 – Free Rein by The Unfaithful Ways
2012 – Sad But True Vol 1 by Delaney Davidson & Marlon Williams
2013 – Sad But True Vol 3 by Delaney Davidson & Marlon Williams
2014 – Strange Things (Single) – Marlon Williams
2014 – Dark Child (Single) – Marlon Williams
2015 – Marlon Williams – Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders – Hello Miss Lonesome (Live - 2015)

Hello Miss Lonesome – (Album: Marlon Williams – Feb. 2015)

Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders - Portrait of a Man (Screamin' Jay Hawkins cover)

Strange Things - (Live on Radio NZ - 2015)

Lonely Side of Her – (Live @ The Black Bear Lodge – 2015)

Everyone’s Got Something to Say - (Live on Radio NZ - 2015)

Strange Things – (2014 Single) - (Album: Marlon Williams – Feb. 2015)

Dark Child – (2014 Single)

The State Hospital – (Love on RocKwiz TV – 2014)

Ballad of Minnie Dean – (Balcony TV – 2013)

Marlon Williams – Official Website
Marlon Williams - Soundcloud
Marlon Williams - Wikipedia
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Marlon Williams - YouTube
Marlon Williams - iTunes
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

David Philips

About: David Philips

David Philips is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from the UK. His work as a solo artist and session guitar player has taken him around the world playing venues and festivals such as Montreaux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Delhi Jazz Festival (India), Woodford Folk Festival (Australia), Blue Balls Festival (Switzerland), Mare De Agosto Festival (Azores Islands), Blues Aan Zee Festival (Holland), plus studio work and live shows in the US, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. He has also written and recorded productions for companies such as MTV, VH1, Audi, Volkswagon, Honda, La Caixa (Spain) and Gas Natural (Spain).

Philips self released his debut album “Heal Yourself Alone” in 2010 and was quickly selected as Album Of The Week by Robert Elms at BBC Radio London. It was also at #34 in the top 100 roots/country albums of 2011, compiled by Roots Music Report in the US. After a short tour of Holland and Belgium Philips signed with Black and Tan Records in Holland and released his next 3 albums with the Dutch label.

Philips is known for his D.I.Y approach in the studio, writing, recording and producing all his albums himself as well as playing all instruments and tracking all vocals on his last 3 records to date. The Rooftop Recordings (2011) was recorded in his rooftop apartment in Barcelona, Spain while December Wine (The 4 Track Tapes) (2013) is a selection of demos recorded using a Tascam 4 track cassette machine. His most recent album “If I Had Wings” was released in March 2015 and is the result of 18 months of writing, recording and live shows throughout Europe. The record is Philips' most adventurous to date, exploring his musical past as a jazz guitar player and also electronic music producer. He also did the artwork for the release using paintings, drawings and sketches made whilst on tour and at home throughout 2014. David Philips has toured Europe extensively over the past 5 years and continues to showcase his world class guitar playing and carefully crafted songs and stories to a growing audience.

Washes Over Me – (Album: The Rooftop Recordings 2 - Oct. 2016)

Angel – (Album: If I Had Wings – 2015)

Hummingbird – Studio Session – (Album: If I Had Wings – 2015)

Quiet - @Classic 21 Blues Live – (Album: If I Had Wings – 2015)

Up There – Live on Norderstedt - 2014 (Album: If I Had Wings – 2015)

Lonely – Rooftop Sessions 2015 - (Album: December Wine – 2013)

The Man in the Moon - (Album: December Wine – 2013)

A Sailors Song - (Album: December Wine – 2013)

December Wine - (TV3 Studio Session 2012 – Live) (Album: December Wine – 2013)

Sitting Watching You - (TV3 Studio Session 2012 – Live)

Rag Boat - (TV3 Studio Session 2012 – Live)

You Didn’t Make Me - Live Uit Lloyd Radio Session – (Album: The Rooftop Recordings – 2011)

Right Back – (BTV's Nit de Blues – 2012) - (Album: Heal Yourself Alone – 2010)

Love Will Ruin a Good Thing – (Live Spanish TV 2012) - (Album: Heal Yourself Alone – 2010)

Southeast Breeze - Live Uit Lloyd radio 2011 - (Album: The Rooftop Recordings – 2011)

Testing new equipment - Golden Age Projects R1 MkIII and Bluerdige BG60

David Philips – Official Website
David Philips - Reverbnation
David Philips - Soundcloud
David Philips – Last FM
David Philips - Songkick
David Philips - Facebook
David Philips - Twitter
David Philips - YouTube
David Philips - iTunes
David Philips – CD Baby

Monday, October 26, 2015

Flavor Crystals

About: Flavor Crystals

Flavor Crystals are a psychedelic shoegaze band from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

From 2005 to 2015 the band released 4 albums: “On Plastic” in 2005 on mpls ltd. "Ambergris" recorded with Kramer and released on vinyl by mpls ltd in 2007 and later released on CD by Second Shimmy (Distributed by Cargo UK) in 2008. Then in 2012 they released a triple LP "Three", and their latest LP “The Shiver of the Flavor Crystals” was released on Oct 13th, 2015.

The Band has toured extensively including opening for the Brian Jonestown Massacre, US leg in 2009. They have also toured with the “LSD and the Search for God” the “Telescopes” in 2012, the “Carsick Cars” in 2013, and “Chui Wan” in 2015 and others.

Flavor Crystals deliver an appealing laid back progressive Psychedelic / shoegaze dreamy sound that appeals to conscious seeking music fans the world over.

Album: The Shiver of the Flavor Crystals – (Oct 2015)

Album: Three (Limited Edition Vinyl) – (May 2012)

Album: Three (Digital d/l Edition) – (May 2012)

Album: Ambergris – (July 2007)

Album: On Plastic – (June 2005)

Diamond Mind – (Album: The Shiver of the Flavor Crystals – 2015)

Flavor Crystals (Live on KVSC - 2013)

Mirror Chop – (Album: Three – 2012)

Ivan In The Park / Boris In The Pool – (Live on Radio K770 – 2012)

Squid Ink – (Album: Ambergris – 2007)

Checker Board – (Album: On Plastic – 2005)

Flavor Crystals – Official Website
Flavor Crystals - MySpace
Flavor Crystals – Last FM
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Flavor Crystals – CD Baby

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Andy White

About: Andy White

Irish singer-songwriter and author Andy White carries a 12-string guitar under his arm and wears his particular brand of charm on his sleeve, with the political edge of Billy Bragg, the romance of David Gray and the Celtic lyricism of the Waterboys.

Andy is a fully paid up 21st Century Troubadour (and that’s the title of his journal-memoir published by Lagan Press in Ireland and last year’s ‘album of the book’ compilation on his UK label, Floating World).

Belfast born and raised, now living in Melbourne, White has earned a global following for blending folk and pop stylings with a poet’s sensibility. Working with the great names of Irish music - Sinead O’Connor, Donal Lunny, Van Morrison - and writing with the likes of Peter Gabriel and Neil and Tim Finn, Andy has won Ireland’s top songwriting awards and toured the world many times over.

Since his first album Rave On Andy White, recorded in a field in Northern Ireland, Andy has been produced by top producers John Leckie and Kim Fowley, recorded in studios from Real World in the UK to Australia and Canada, along the way writing many songs engrained in his homeland’s psyche – including ‘Religious Persuasion’, ‘James Joyce’s Grave’ and ‘Street Scenes From My Heart’.

Andy’s latest release is his eleventh studio album How Things Are, on release in Europe this February 3. Recorded in The Growlery, Melbourne, with son Sebastian on drums, it’s an intensely personal collection of songs both celebrating and commemorating the end of a beautiful relationship which started around the time his fourth album.

Andy’s work and life have always been interconnected - his autobiography is in his discography, and the latest one is an apotheosis of sorts. He says he wrote the songs in an intense period of reflection, to answer the oft-posed question “How are things?”

Andy’s work as a writer and poet is closely linked to his songwriting output. He’s been described as writing in the tradition of the Spanish troubadour poets and the Beats, yet he retains a strong classical sensibility. Stolen Moments is his most recent volume, published by Brisbane publisher Another Lost Shark Press in 2011.

As a performer, as well as playing solo, Andy has collaborated with like-minded friends, musicians and writers both in the past – ALT with Liam O Maonlai (Hothouse Flowers) and Tim Finn (Crowded House, Split Enz) – and the present – Fearing & White with Canadian singer-songwriter Stephen Fearing.

Andy is a singer-songwriter of and for our times, documenting the world and its current chaos and beauty with remarkable insight. As he says in ‘I Decided To Fly’, wherever he is, with an acoustic guitar in his hand, he’s still “blowing bubbles on the Lisburn Road.”

Keep up with Andy’s world via his website, blog, and Facebook fansite:


1985 – Religious Persuasion EP (Stiff)
1986 – Rave On Andy White (London)
1988 – Kiss The Big Stone (London)
1990 – Himself (Cooking Vinyl)
1992 – Out There (Warners)
1994 – Destination Beautiful (Warners/Cooking Vinyl)
1995 – Altitude (Parlophone) – as ALT
1996 – Teenage (Cooking Vinyl)
1998 – Compilation (Cooking Vinyl)
1999 – Speechless (WOMAD/Real World)
2000 – Andy White (Floating World)
2001 – Rare (ALT Recordings/Hypertension)
2003 – Boy 40 (Floating World)
2006 – Garageband (Floating World/Wildflower)
2009 – Songwriter (Floating World)
2011 – Fearing & White (LowdenProud) – as Fearing & White
2012 – 21st Century Troubadour (Floating World)
2014 – How Things Are (Floating World)
2014 – Tea and Confidences (With Stephen Fearing)
2016 – Imaginary Lovers
2017 – The Guilty and the Innocent (Nov. 24, 2017)

CONTACT: Andy White

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Shakespeare Take My Hand - (Live @ The Toff in Town, Melbourne Nov 24th, 2014)

Andy White Live in the Lounge Room (Nov 08th, 2014)

Message to You (Live in Belfast – 2009)

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