Freddie White

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Freddie White
Born Cobh, County Cork, Ireland
Genres Folk, contemporary, jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals, mandolin
Years active 1960s–present
Labels Mulligan Records, Tara Records, Little Don Records
Associated acts Scullion
The Fake
The Freddie White Band

Freddie White (born September 1951 in Cobh, Ireland) is an Irish singer-songwriter.


Born in Cobh, County Cork, Ireland into a musical family, by the age of thirteen White was playing in school bands and by seventeen playing professionally.

He went to London in 1970 – where he stayed for about two years – to busk and perfect his unique style of singing and guitar accompaniment.[1]

Together with Philip King and Sonny Condell in 1974 he formed a popular folk-rock/Jazz fusion group that started out as an occasional band called The Sunday Night Band. The following year, after White had left the band, it morphed into Scullion. In 1977 he formed 'The Fake' and the following year he formed The Freddie White Band.[2]

During 1978 White toured as the opening act for the Irish band Clannad with their producer/sound manager Nicky Ryan recording those gigs, and providing selections to compile into White's first album Recorded Live on Tour 1978.

In 1992 White emigrated to Boston, US where he remained for twelve years – returning to Ireland in 2004. After seven years back home in Ireland, White relocated to Sydney Australia in March 2011, where he currently resides with his wife, Trish Hickey – they married in Sydney in June 2013.[citation needed]

White has been touring internationally since the 1980s, solo as well as with fellow musicians. He performs interpretations of work of some of his favorite performers, such as Randy Newman (nine covers recorded), John Hiatt, (nine covers recorded) Tom Waits and Guy Clark.[3] as well as some jazz standards and his own compositions.

White's 1999 album My Country did not include any covers. It featured lyrics of White's brother-in-law, the poet Don O'Sullivan (1949-1986), put to music, co-written by White with his then wife, Ann O'Sullivan (Don O'Sullivan's sister).


  • Recorded Live on Tour 1978 (Mulligan Records, 1979)
  • Do You Do (Mulligan Records, 1981)
  • Long Distance Runner (Tara Records, 1985)
  • Have A Nice Day (Tara Records, 1987) 4-track 12" EP
  • Close To You (Lime Records/EMI Records (Ireland), 1991)
  • Straight Up (Little Don Records, 1994) – Live: The Lobby, Cork and An Béal Bocht, Dublin
  • My Country (Little Don Records, 1999)
  • Lost And Found (Little Don Records, 2002) – compilation: the first two albums – Recorded Live On Tour 1978 and Do You Do
  • Four Days In May (Little Don Records, 2004)
  • Stormy Lullaby (Little Don Records, 2008)
  • Here With You (Little Don Records, 2012) – Freddie White & Trish Hickey
  • Better Days (Little Don Records, 2014)
  • Prodigal Songs (Little Don Records, 2016)

Note: The above albums are available on CD, with the exception of Long Distance Runner and the Have A Nice Day EP. The Long Distance Runner LP, with some additional tracks, may be released on CD during 2014.


  1. ^ "An evening with Freddie White at the INEC", The Kerryman, Tralee: The Kerryman, 5 August 2009 
  2. ^ Wallis, Geoff (1991). The Rough Guide to Irish Music. London: Rough Guides Ltd. ISBN 1-85828-642-5. 
  3. ^ "Freddie White in Concert". National Concert Hall, Dublin. 22 July 2009. Archived from the original on 9 July 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 

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