Belfast born and raised, but now living in Melbourne, Andy White has earned a global following for blending folk and pop stylings with a poet’s sensibility.

HOW THINGS ARE is Andy’s 11th studio album, and his most intimate to date. Released through Floating World Records on Feb 17, 2014, the album contains a beautiful and honest collection of songs, straight from the heart.

Never afraid to write about a difficult situation, HOW THINGS ARE came about after Andy’s 15 year long marriage ended, in order to answer the question “How are things?” Whilst detailing his heartbreak in his writing, Andy’s optimistic and appreciative outlook on life has managed to create an empowering and uplifting album, full of promise.

Recorded in his studio The Growlery, with son Sebastian on drums and a one-woman string section, the style ranges from full-on rock to impressionistic acoustic, all shot through with Andy’s trademark wit, and what one critic called his “sheer soul”.

“Writing these songs was my way of coping. All of the songs are intense, but it's not all a sad story. Love at first sight? Yes, that Romeo and Juliet moment does exist. I know how lucky I am that it happened. Even just once is amazing.”

Andy is excited to be returning to the UK for a full UK tour in Jan/Feb 2014. The tour kicks off in Belfast on 30th and includes a show at London’s Half Moon in Putney on 19th February.

Known for his collaborations with Tim Finn (Crowded House) and Liam O’Maonlai (Hothouse Flowers) as well as his solo work, Andy White has been one of Ireland’s most accomplished and respected song-writers since his 1986 debut, Rave on Andy White.

Andy has released 10 studio albums, from ‘Rave On’ to ‘Songwriter’ in 2009, two books of poetry, and ‘21st Century Troubadour’, an on the road journal/novel with accompanying double CD, in 2011. Having worked with the great names of Irish music - Sinead O’Connor, Donal Lunny, Van Morrison - and writing with the likes of Peter Gabriel and Neil and Tim Finn, Andy has won Ireland’s top songwriting awards and toured the world many times over.

Perhaps no one has articulated the experience of growing up in the chaos of Belfast of the 70s and 80s (he was on the stairs of Good Vibrations every Saturday morning), heading out into the world of literature (Andy studied at Cambridge), rock’n’roll (signed to Stiff Records) and travel (yes, he’s a fully paid-up 21st Century Troubadour) quite like Andy White. The new album, in his own words:

“How Things Are is a celebration of, as well as a valediction to, a time that’s gone. More
‘Street Scenes From My Heart’. As well as the end of something, this is a first chapter.”

TOUR DATES:

Featuring support from Petunia at the Half Moon, Putney.

Thur 30th Jan 2014 – Real Music Club, Belfast
Fri 31st Jan 2014 – Whelans Upstairs, Dublin
Wed 5th Feb 2014 – Sounds In The Suburbs, Glasgow
Fri 7th Feb 2014 – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
Sat 8th Feb 2014 – Muzicker, Rothesay, Isle Of Bute
Sun 9th Feb 2014 – Felton, Northumberland
Mon 10th Feb 2014 – The Greys, Brighton
Tues 11th Feb 2014 – Prince Albert, Stroud
Wed 12th Feb 2014 – Brasenose, Cropredy
Thurs 13th Feb 2014 – Korks Wine Bar & Brasserie, Otley
Fri 14th Feb 2014 – The Met, Bury
Sat 15th Feb 2014 – The Birches, Retford
Sun 16th Feb – Queen’s Head, Belper
Tues 18th Feb 2014 – Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham
Wed 19th Feb 2014 – Half Moon, Putney London
Thurs 20th Feb 2014 – Café No. 8, Launceston
Fri 21st Feb 2014 – South Devon Arts Centre, Totnes
Sat 22nd Feb 2014 – Miss Peapods, Penryn
Sun 23rd Feb 2014 – Bluebell Inn, Hempstead