Ireland’s Andy White at The Rankin Gallery on Friday, September 14th!

 

I’d like to share this note from Al Rankin as I’m always really excited about seeing another Andy White show because he’s one of my all-time favourite singer-songwriters and a great guy too!

Hi friends, neighbours and music lovers:

Holy smoke!  Another great one at the Rankin Gallery.  He has won most of Ireland’s songwriting awards, worked with Van Morrison and Peter Gabriel and has Sinead O’Connor singing on his records.  He’s Belfast born Andy White, and he’s in the midst of a world tour that will bring him to Inverary!

You may have seen Andy when he opened for Judy Collins last year in Kingston and gained hundreds of new fans.  This one will sell out very quickly so if you would like to reserve a spot or 2 you will have to click back to me asap.  Here are the details, and more on Andy’s illustrious career below.

Andy White

Rankin Gallery, 3248 Round Lake Rd. Inverary ON
Friday, Sept. 14th, 8 pm
Suggested donation: $20
Seats by reservation only alrankin@xplornet.ca 613-353-6650

And mark down Sept. 21 on your calendar, the first Live Wire show of the new season, featuring Austin’s amazing Eliza Gilkyson with special guest, the phenomenal young Ariana Gillis.  More on that show soon!

See you at the music,
Al

Andy White, one of the great Irish singer-songwriters, tours the world with his 12 string guitar in one hand and a book of poetry in the other.  Since his breakthrough single Religious Persuasion, Belfast-born Andy has produced ten internationally released studio albums plus a host of compilations and live recordings and has won several of Ireland’s top songwriting awards.

He has merged pop sensibility with lyrical excellence, social commentary and acoustic guitars ever since his first album Rave On Andy White (1986) burst onto the scene.  Melody Maker reviewed his first album with the headline ‘Yer Man’s Brilliant!’ and Folk Roots made him a cover star.

Since then, Andy has worked with Peter Gabriel as well as some of the great names of Irish music including Van Morrison and Mary Black.  Sinead O’Connor and The Frames have guested on his recordings and Andy was included in the Irish HQ Rock Hall of Fame in 1998.

Socially aware in a way which comes naturally to someone who grew up in Belfast during the 70s and 80s, Andy’s work has always reflected his time and place.  Making this particular experience universal, his writing incorporates and transcends the boundaries of his native land.

Last year a long term friendship and writing collaboration with top flight Canadian singer songwriter Stephen Fearing produced the album ‘Fearing & White (2011).

The world of Andy White is peripatetic, intuitive, and never uneventful.  In November 2009 Lagan Press published 21st Century Troubadour, Andy’s on-the-road journal, and in 2012 an ‘album of the book’ is set for release, a two CD set featuring a compilation of songs playing throughout the pages of the book, and a series of readings from the book set to music.

Catch up with Andy’s world online via his website:

http://www.andywhite.com

and Facebook fan site:

http://www.facebook.com/andywhiteireland

Information and communication:

rose@andywhite.com

ANDY WHITE DISCOGRAPHY

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 Ireland)
1994 – Destination Beautiful (Warners Ireland/Cooking Vinyl)
1996 – Teenage (Cooking Vinyl)
1998 – Compilation (Cooking Vinyl)
1999 – Speechless (Real World)
2000 – Andy White (Floating World)
2001 – Rare (ALT Recordings)
2003 – Boy 40 (Floating World)
2006 – Garageband (Floating World/Wildflower)
2009 – Songwriter (Floating World)
2011 – Fearing and White
2012 – 21st Century Troubadour (Floating World)

Who Is Andy White?

Andy White is a modern-day folk singer who has earned a global following for merging folk and pop music with his poet sensibility.  “One of the great Irish singer-songwriters who tours the world with his 12 string guitar in one hand and a book of poetry in the other, Andy has worked with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Sinead O’Connor, Van Morrison and Neil and Tim Finn (Crowded House), been musical director at WOMAD UK, and won Ireland’s top songwriting awards.”

White has produced ten internationally celebrated albums – the latest being Songwriter released by Judy Collins’ Wildflower Records.  It was recorded in Vancouver, featuring Allison Russell (of Po’Girl) on vocals, Paul Rigby (Neko Case/Jakob Dylan) on electric guitar and pedal steel, and John Raham (Be Good Tanyas/Frazey Ford) on drums.  Songwriter travels to a new rootsier direction for the Belfast songsmith who has made Melbourne, Australia his home since 2002.

In addition to being a solo performer who travels the world a couple of times a year, Andy was the A of folk super trio ALT along with Tim Finn (T) and Liam O Maonlai (yes, L). The threesome toured the globe and released a studio album ALTITUDE and a live recording BOOTLEG. After Tim introduced Andy to Australia, he returned to write songs with Christine Anu, including Coz Im Free which became Cathy Freeman’s Olympic theme song.

Andy is also one half of Fearing & White, his partner being Canada’s Juno winning Stephen Fearing (also of Blackie & The Rodeo Kings) with whom he recorded their eponymous debut album that was released earlier this year.  This spring they played a series of dates across Canada.  Andy opened six shows for Judy Collins in Ontario in April, is touring Canada in July, and concludes with a Fearing & White performance at the Edmonton Folk Festival in August.

As MOJO magazine said about Andy, “From rage to sage, it’s not too late to discover one of our best kept secrets.”

Thank you for talking to Press +1, Andy!

There’s not much about your personal history available online so I’d like to ask you a few questions about the early years if you don’t mind.

What is the fondest memory you have of Belfast while you were growing up?

The streets of Belfast – you can leave them but they never leave you.  And, to be specific, the street where I grew up.  Walking up and down from Number 36 to the bus stop was such a part of my life – to school, band practice, to see shows, girlfriends, football matches.  This and coming home to Mum and my sisters.  Beautiful.

What artist(s) would you say is responsible for having inspired you to become a singer-songwriter?

My grandmother who played the piano (she came from Co. Cavan was born in 1898 and went to music school in London, raised the family by playing and teaching piano). Recorded artists? Bob Dylan, The Beatles, John Lennon solo, Paul Simon, Burl Ives, the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang soundtrack album.

Who is your favourite poet?

T.S. Eliot was the one who affected me most as a young man.  But favourites are Tom Waits, Jacques Prévert, Spike Milligan and Roger McGough.  Joni Mitchell, Allen Ginsberg and Bukowski not far behind.

What do you think is the single most significant reason why Ireland produces so many important artists?

Tradition and attitude to language, reverence and respect for the creative arts (not translatable into financial gain, but respect nonetheless).

How would you make a living if you weren’t a musician?

I’d be a writer.

How did you get involved with the WOMAD (World of Music, Arts & Dance) Festival?

Peter Gabriel came to a show I played in Bath, near where he lived at the time. I sent him an album called ‘Out There’ which he really liked and wrote me a letter about it. The songs were long narrative ones (like James Joyce’s Grave) and brave I think to put them out. He dug that.

Your music reflects your social awareness.  Is there an issue that you’ve recently written a song about that you’d like to discuss?

‘If You Want It’ is about climate change – it says “If you want it, come and get it, this is the last long evening on the planet”.  Living in Australia now, you see the effects of global warming every day.

Where is your favourite place to play in Canada?

Guelph, ON. Red Deer, AB. Winnipeg, MB. Duncan, BC. Saskatoon, SK.  I haven’t been to any other provinces yet.

What is it about Stephen Fearing that makes him a good collaborator?

We grew up on the same island 100 miles apart but in different worlds – Belfast and Dublin.  We have a lot in common and different skills.  We are real friends, not just collaborators – that’s the most important thing.

Who would you like to collaborate with that you’ve never worked with before?

Camille O’Sullivan.

What do you enjoy the most and the least about life on the road?

Travel. Travel.

You haven’t posted a new blog (http://21stcenturytroubadour.blogspot.com/) since April 18th so I’m wondering if there has been anything blog worthy that you’d like to share now?

Read my book ‘21st Century Troubadour’.  It’s 90,000 words of on the road fun!

What are your plans for the rest of this year?

After Edmonton Folk Fest I go to Australia until returning to Canada in October to play a Fearing & White tour in Ontario and the East Coast.  Then I take Stephen to the UK in October and Ireland in November.  The album’s just coming out there then.

Will you be recording another album any time soon?

Yes, at home, so it’ll take ages.

I just ordered your book, 21st Century Troubadour, from your online store but I want to know this now.  Why did Johnny Depp buy you a beer at Peter Gabriel’s place?

Yes. But why you’ll never know.

Andy White is playing Toronto at Taps & Tales on The Danforth on Saturday, July 30th and Kingston, ON at Tir Nan Og on Sunday, July 31st.

Keep up with Andy online at:

www.andywhite.com
www.facebook.com/andywhiteireland
www.youtube.com/andywhitevideo
twitter.com/andywhitetweet

From Teacher to Concert Promoter: Al Rankin Brings in the Big Names

As I help Al Rankin to spread the word about his Live Wire Music Series and Rankin Productions shows and I administer the Live Wire Facebook page, I thought I’d post this article originally published in Kingston This Week for my readers.

Reprinted from Kingston This Week

His love for Canadian roots music has opened up a second career for retired-teacher-turned-music-promoter Al Rankin of Inverary.

Rankin retired as a high school teacher six years ago, but continues to promote emerging new talent as owner of the Rankin Gallery in Inverary and as a longtime volunteer with the Live Wire Music Series. He also brings in established award-winning artists through his company, Rankin Productions.

On April 22, Rankin Productions presented [sic] An Evening with Judy Collins at Sydenham Street United Church. In February, Rankin brought The Arrogant Worms to Kingston, and last year he presented Mickey Rooney at the Grand Theatre.

Rankin never set out to be a music promoter. As a theatre arts teacher and founder of the Theatre Complete program at Queen Elizabeth Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Kingston, Rankin often brought in theatre and musical performers. In the 1990s, he served five years as artistic director of the Blue Skies Music Festival north of Sharbot Lake, where artists such as Serena Ryder, Kathleen Edwards and David Francey made their festival debuts.

At around the same time, he built at addition on his 150-year-old house near Inverary, that was originally intended as an art gallery, but that instead became an intimate concert hall featuring up to a dozen concerts a year.

His skill?

He catches the acts on the road.

Rankin invites touring musicians travelling to or from gigs in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa to fill a mid-week spot in their schedule at his place. Since opening, the Rankin Gallery has hosted artists such from across Canada and around the world, including Valdy, The Wailin’ Jennys, Bill Bourne, Coco Love Alcorn, Kate Reid, Rick Fines, Lynn Miles, The Marigolds, Dala, Fruit from Australia, The Pacific Curls from New Zealand, Jez Lowe from the UK, Maeve Mackinnon from Scotland, The Carolina Chocolate Drops and, most recently, Amelia Curran and the Good Lovelies. Next up is Oh My Darling on May 15.

“People bring something to drink, maybe a snack, and a donation for the musicians. The audience loves the intimacy of the space and getting to talk to the artists. The musicians love it too, as it allows them to connect in a way that is different than a large concert hall. It is open to anyone on my mailing list and works on a first come first served reservation-only basis. I have 50 spots and room for about 10 more standing and it usually fills up very quickly.”

Rankin has become well known to agents through his work with the Live Wire Music Series and Blue Skies and the Rankin Gallery is so popular that he has to turn down most of the requests he gets to play there. Musicians, particularly solo musicians, like it because they are guaranteed an audience of 60 people and they can spend the night in the Rankins’ limestone house, enjoy breakfast with Al and his wife and then be on their way.

Rankin Productions is the name he uses for bigger, riskier shows that are beyond the scope of Live Wire.

Arlo Guthrie was the very first big show I did,” Rankin recalls. “I found out he was playing at Massey Hall and I saw he had a Thursday night available en route to Montreal. He had never been to Kingston.”

That was in 2006. A couple of years later, Rankin brought Pete Seeger to Kingston.

“Now the agents know we’re here and we get far more requests than I can handle.”

Ever the teacher, Rankin still brings young performers such as Ariana Gillis, The Good Lovelies and Welsh guitar phenom Gareth Pearson into schools with the support of the Limestone District School Board and Live Wire.

“They are such role models for these kids,” Rankin says. “And they are spectacularly talented.”

Pearson, whom Rankin describes as one of the best guitarists in the world, spent two weeks at Rankin’s house. Each day they would load up his sound equipment in Rankin’s car and visit different high schools.

“A lot of artists are uncomfortable going into schools,” Rankin admits. “They don’t just perform, they talk about what music has done for them. They play a few songs and the kids ask questions and they always love it. Gareth, for example, was dyslexic and barely passed high school. So he talked about struggling and finding his passion and turning his life around.”

Rankin says he has no “dream list” of artists he would like to bring to Kingston. “I’m happy with the quality of the musicians we do get and the performances are always so great.

“Pete Seeger was 89 when he was here – I love that – and he and his grandson put on a great show. I love the brand new acts too; I get a kick out of introducing people like Serena Ryder, Kathleen Edwards and Ariana Gillis. It’s fun to do both ends of the spectrum.

“I guess retirement gave me the opportunity to get more involved in music. I hadn’t anticipated that.”

Copyright © 2011 Kingston This Week

Don’t Miss Irish Singer-Songwriter Andy White In Kingston This Friday Night!

Andy White, one of the great Irish singer-songwriters, tours the world with his 12 string guitar in one hand and a book of poetry in the other. He has worked with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Sinead O’Connor, Van Morrison and Neil and Tim Finn, been musical director at WOMAD UK and won Ireland’s top songwriting awards.

Since his breakthrough single ‘Religious Persuasion’, Andy has produced ten internationally acclaimed albums, the latest of which, Songwriter (Wildflower Records) is widely acknowledged as one of his finest.

Songwriter has many Canadian connections. After working with Po’ Girl in the UK, Andy wrote a series of songs with lead singer Allison Russell including the first single off the album, the duet ‘If You Want It’.

Andy then called up old chum Stephen Fearing to co-write live favourite ‘Turn Up The Temperature’, an emotional highlight of the album Faithful Heart.

Stephen and Andy met at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 1998 and have co-written a series of songs for Blackie and the Rodeo Kings including ‘If I Catch You Crying’.

Songwriter was recorded in Vancouver and features Allison Russell on vocals, Paul Rigby (Neko Case/Jakob Dylan) playing electric guitar and pedal steel, and John Raham (Be Good Tanyas/Frazey Ford) on drums. It’s a new rootsier direction for the Belfast songsmith.

As well as releasing albums, Andy is a published poet and writer. His latest book is 21st Century Troubadour (Lagan Press), an On The Road style narrative.

People are fascinated by the world of rock music, and 21st Century Troubadour was written in its hidden corners — backstage, hotel rooms and departure lounges. The reader is introduced to depressive promoters, crazed club owners and diva superstars. There are lists, poems, and advice on topics such as how to how to avoid excess baggage fees, which hand signals to employ when driving in Italy, and what to do when you’re mistaken as one of U2.

You’ll not only find out why Johnny Depp bought Andy a beer at Peter Gabriel’s place, but enter a whole different world of glamour in Andy’s life as a modern-day folk singer.

In concert he’ll be featuring songs from his back catalogue, including Irish classics ‘James Joyce’s Grave’ and ‘Street Scenes From My Heart’ as well as songs co-written with Stephen Fearing for Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, and selections from Songwriter.”

“I love this man and his music. Rave on!” (Janice Long, BBC Radio 2).

www.andywhite.com

Andy White opens for the legendary Judy Collins at Sydenham Street United Church on Friday, April 22, 2011.

Venue: Sydenham Street United Church, 82 Sydenham Street, Kingston, ON K7L 3H4
Tickets: $35 plus HST
Available at the Grand Theatre Box Office
613-530-2050
www.kingstongrand.ca

and at:

Brian’s Record Option
381 Princess Street, Kingston, ON
613-542-2452

Find Andy White on his:

Official website
Blog
MySpace
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube

The Legendary Judy Collins To Play Kingston’s Sydenham Street United Church!

An evening with Judy Collins
Friday, April 22, 2011 – 8:00 pm
Sydenham Street United Church
82 Sydenham Street, Kingston, ON K7L 3H4
Tickets: $35 plus HST
Available at the Grand Theatre Box Office
613-530-2050
www.kingstongrand.ca

and at:

Brian’s Record Option
381 Princess Street, Kingston, ON
613-542-2452

“Just over a month to go before the legendary Judy Collins comes to Kingston’s Sydenham Street United Church. 75% of the tickets are gone so don’t wait too much longer to get yours. This will certainly sell out. Here’s a video of Judy Collins and her protege Leonard Cohen singing Suzanne, the poem she convinced him to turn into a song – very sweet!

Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her famously ethereal voice and her distinctive interpretation of some of the classic songs of our time. Her legendary career began in 1961 with the release of her first album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, at the age of 22. She interpreted the songs of fellow artists – particularly the social poets of the time such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton. Judy was instrumental in bringing other singer-songwriters to a wider audience including Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman. Judy Collins is also noted for her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” on her 1967 album, Wildflowers, which has since been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Her famously moving version of Stephen Sondheim’s Send in the Clowns won a Grammy Award in 1975. Judy has continued an impressive musical career with an extensive catalogue from every decade throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and up to the present. Her latest creative project is a new CD, Paradise, a collection of 10 songs that include duets of Judy with the legendary Stephen Stills and Joan Baez.

Judy Collins is still writing, performing, and nurturing fresh talent and plays 80 to 100 dates a year around the world. She is a relentlessly creative spirit, a modern day Renaissance woman who is also an accomplished painter, filmmaker, record label head, musical mentor, and an in-demand keynote speaker for mental health and suicide prevention. She continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart.” www.judycollins.com

Opening for Judy Collins is the very gifted Belfast-born singer-songwriter, Andy White. Andy, who has released ten internationally acclaimed albums since 1986, has just released Songwriter, and a new book called 21st Century Troubadour is also now available. Andy White is currently on tour in Canada with Stephen Fearing and joins Ms. Collins in April in Ontario.

(Stay tuned for a future post about Andy White!)