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Andy Doonan during filming of his debut single video shoot
|Birth name||Andrew James Doonan|
26 May 1988 (age 28)
|Genres||Rock, Acoustic, alternative rock, pop rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards|
Andrew James Doonan is an English musician and singer-songwriter who won the Manchester regional final of Live and Unsigned in 2011. His debut album, Lights and Mirrors, was self-released on 11 June 2011. Doonan is described as having a "fresh, energetic sound that blends melodic acoustic pop, indie and folk".
Doonan played in many bands from an early age, including Crimson Daydream, which won several band competitions and supported Elliot Minor and Hijack Oscar, and also headlined at The Cockpit. Doonan also supported One Night Only, After the Fire, Dave Mcpherson (INME), The Humour, The Little Comets and The Dunwells.
Lights and Mirrors (2010–2012)
In late 2010, Doonan recorded his debut album Lights and Mirrors with The Pigeon Detectives producer Andy Hawkins, which was released in June 2011 following the April release of Doonan's debut single and music video Made in Hollywood. His live band, The Lightwalks, travelled all over the UK in 2011 to play at venues such as The Cavern, The Bedford, Manchester Academy, Scarborough Open Air Theatre and The Duchess, York.
In 2011, Doonan entered Live and Unsigned, a music competition in the United Kingdom for unsigned bands, vocal groups and solo acts to perform live. He beat over 10,000 other acts to make it to the finals, by winning the North West England Area Finals in Manchester. This led to a performance at The O2 Arena, earning Andy positive reviews from Tom Deacon of BBC Radio 1 and Alex Baker of Kerrang, and gained local publicity with newspaper and magazine features, and local radio play, including airplay on BBC Introducing West Yorkshire with Alan Raw.
Doonan has had support slots with bands such as The Hoosiers, The Twang, Peter Grant and Jon Allen. In January 2012, Doonan was the supporting act for Toploader, where he performed at The Duchess in York.
Current work (2012 – present)
Doonan is currently extensively touring around the UK, with support and headline gigs at The Duchess in York, 360 Club in Leeds, The Bedford in London and The Distillers in Hammersmith, London.
Doonan has significant local radio airplay of his album tracks 'The Woman That You Are' and 'Jenny' on BBC Introducing West Yorkshire with Alan Raw, and had his first national radio play on BBC Radio 6 Music with Tom Robinson with album track 'The Hell That Heaven Hides'.
Doonan now plays in folk/pop band 'Everlate' formed with solo Guitarist Sam Smith in 2014.
- "Lights and Mirrors" (2011)
- "Made In Hollywood" (2011)
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