Andy White (singer-songwriter)
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28 May 1962 |
Belfast, Northern Ireland
|Training||Cambridge University, UK|
|Works||Rave On Andy White, 1986|
Andy White (born 28 May 1962) is a Northern Irish singer/songwriter and poet, born in Belfast. He started writing poetry and music from a young age, penning a poem called "Riots" aged nine. He attended Methodist College Belfast. He studied English Literature at Robinson College, Cambridge University, graduating in 1984.
He released his first EP Religious Persuasion in 1985 on Stiff Records, and his first album Rave on Andy White in 1986. He has since collaborated with Peter Gabriel, Sinéad O'Connor and English producer John Leckie. White won Ireland's Hot Press Songwriter of the Year Award in 1993.
In 1999 a book of lyrics and poems (The Music Of What Happens) was published by Lagan Press. In 2009 his first work of prose (21st Century Troubadour) was published, also by Lagan, with a second volume of poetry (Stolen Moments) (Another Lost Shark Press) following in 2011.
After many albums with roots label Cooking Vinyl, and a live performance album for Real World Records/WOMAD, White currently records for ALT Recordings through UK label Floating World in Europe, and independently elsewhere.
White tours often, performing live at Glastonbury Festival and many international rock festivals including WOMAD UK (where he hosted the gala finale in 2005), performing at and MCing the main stage at the Fleadh in London, WOMAD festivals in South Africa, USA, Italy, Cacares, Madrid, Singapore and Womadelaide; folk festivals including Cambridge (UK), Calgary, Winnipeg, Vancouver (Canada), Port Fairy, Woodford (Australia).
In 2011, as a result of a continued friendship with the Canada-based songwriter Stephen Fearing, the two recorded a collaborative album, Fearing & White, part of a collection of songs written at infrequent intervals over the course of a decade, including "What We Know Now", "Say You Will" and "Under The Silver Sky".
- Rave On Andy White (1986)
- Kiss The Big Stone (1988)
- Himself (1990)
- Out There (1992)
- Destination Beautiful (1994)
- Altitude (under the name ALT with Liam O'Maonlai and Tim Finn) (1995)
- Teenage (1996)
- andywhite.compilation (1998)
- rare (1999)
- Speechless (2000)
- Andy White (2000)
- Boy 40 (2003)
- Garageband (2006)
- Songwriter (2009)
- Fearing and White (2011) - collaboration with singer-songwriter, Stephen Fearing
- 21st Century Troubadour (2012)
- The Music Of What Happens (1999)
- 21st Century Troubadour (2009)
- Stolen Moments (2011)
- Gregory, Andy (ed.) (2002) International Who's Who in Popular Music 2002, Europa, ISBN 1-85743-161-8, p. 540