Andy White

Belfast’s Bob Dylan creates an influential brand of Celtic Soul

Born in Belfast in 1962, Andy White is a stirring singer-songwriter whose songs fuse the political and the personal to create an influential brand of Celtic Soul.

Growing up in the Malone Road area of Belfast, and educated at Methodist College, his first musical inspiration was John Lennon’s ‘Give Peace a Chance’. 

White's first single, ‘Religious Persuasion’, was released in 1985, and was followed by the album Rave On Andy White.

Since that introduction he has developed a large and loyal following throughout the world. The proud producer of eight albums and a book of poetry, Andy has collaborated with such luminaries as Peter Gabriel, Van Morrison and Tim Finn. 

ALT, the band he created with Tim Finn and Liam O’Maonlai, drew considerable praise for its 1995 release Altitude.

An inveterate traveller, White seems to have lived out of a suitcase for most of his life. His songs reflect his itchy feet, but with a strain of memory dedicated to his home town. As he commented to Stuart Bailie, ‘I love the place where I grew up, but you don’t necessarily have to live there to love it'.

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