Belfast singer-songwriter Andy White is writing songs about politics again. Did he ever stop?
In the early 1980s Andy took his guitar in its old bashed up case to the North London folk clubs following in the footsteps of Billy Bragg and then, later, trading alternative nights with him at the likes of the Red Rose in Seven Sisters.
You can see the video for the third song released from the album Very Fine People below:
Andy has written and recorded ten powerful songs and will be releasing them digitally as well as on limited edition vinyl on November 24th, before being released on CD from January 26th, titled The Guilty And The Innocent. Influenced both by touring his career retrospective box set last year (released on the 30th anniversary of hard-hitting debut Rave On), and throwing things at the telly in response to what’s going on in the world,
Andy told us that “The Guilty & the Innocent is one half of a double album based on the two themes of Love and Politics. But the time for these songs to be heard is now. In these times, we all have to do what we can—and this is what I can do”. It is a powerful piece of work. Songs about Trump, Jeremy, Grenfell, Manchester, Refugees, Belfast. Trump again and there’s even a language warning.
In the past Andy has collaborated with the likes of Tim Finn and Liam O Maonlai (as ALT), written with Peter Gabriel, recorded with Sinead O’Connor and toured with Van Morrison. Andy has had a stellar career in music while still keeping a firm grip on his “have guitar, will travel” folksinger ethos.
The Guilty & The Innocent is available through Proper.