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Andy Smythe: News

Back on the Road - August 1, 2018

Just a quick announcement that I'm currently booking in gigs for what's left of 2018 and 2019. I'm writing a batch of new songs with a folk rock/country vibe and am looking to put a band out again, with Les Elvin on bass and a wonderful fiddle player. We hope to be at a pub/club near you soon!

Gig at the Chapel - February 26, 2018

I'm really looking forward to a great gig at The Chapel in Billinghurst this coming Saturday at 8pm. Please check out my gig page for details. See you there!

Leonard Cohen tribute gig - November 9, 2017

This sunday 12th November I'm playing a tribute to Leonard Cohen gig at Ruskin House in Croydon. I'll be reinventing some of his greatest songs on the piano and singing an octave higher than the great bard! Come along and support the cause - all proceeds to keeping the great union community headquarters going.

St Edith folk - August 30, 2017

Very much looking forward to my gig at St Edith Folk on October 6th supporting folk rock band Ranagri. Been writing some really interesting new songs on the guitar to perform on the road with the likes of the piano songs recorded on 'Waiting for a Rose to Bloom'. Will be out and about loads in the Autumn. Hope to catch you at a folk club new you soon!


Old Tiger's Head - May 17, 2017

Playing a great local gig at the Old Tiger's Head on Friday May 26th with Les on bass and Paul on guitar.

Vinyl Deptford Gig - April 23, 2017

Really looking forward to playing Vinyl Deptford, 4 Tanners Hill, SE8 4PJ (nearest rail: Deptford DLR)

on Friday May 5th at 7pm. I'll be joined by Les Elvin on bass and Paul Challenger on guitar. I'll also do some solo songs on piano. It's a lovely venue that serves vegetarian food and has a licensed bar. Also you get to browse for lots of vinyl! Should be great - we plan to get lots of friends there and have a great night! We'll pay two sets between 7pm and 9pm, then we can all enjoy a drink together!

Strummers and Dreamers Radio Show - February 18, 2017

Had a great time on thursday night playing a live session on the Strummers and Dreamers Radio show on Cambridge FM. Performed: Whiskey Priest, Changing seasons, Power in a Union and So Far from America. Really enjoyed chatting with the DJ Les Ray too. You can listen here:

strummers and dreamers - February 12, 2017

Just had a great night remembering Buddy Holly last night. Really enjoyed doing a lot of the old classics and switiching into rockabilly mode for some Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochron too!
This week I'm playing the Strummers and Dreamers radio show in Cambridge on Thursday 16th February between 6 and 7pm. You can listen here:

Holocaust Memorial Evening - January 15, 2017

Andy's next gig is on Saturday 21st January. He'll be performing a 30 minute set on piano at the Holocaust Memorial Evening at Ruskin house. Please come and lend your support - there are a variety of acts playing.

St Edith Folk - December 14, 2016

Just had a wonderful time playing at St Edith Folk on Sunday. Here are a couple of videos...

Whiskey Priest
Sweet England

Supporting Boyes, Coope and Simpson - October 22, 2016

Andy is really excited to be supporting this great vocal trio at the Red Lion in Birmingham on October 26th.

John Lennon Gig - October 3, 2016

Had a great time on BBC Radio Kent last night performing Sweet England and No Pasaran from the new record and old classic Whiskey Priest! Another song recorded for the end of year show - a secret!

I'm really excited about the gig on Sunday at Ruskin House in Croydon. A John Lennon Memorial concert! Can't wait to honour one of my top musical heroes - learning some old favourites as we speak on guitar and piano!

Oasthaouse theatre and BBC radio kent show - September 29, 2016

Playing the Oasthouse theatre in Rainham on Saturday 1st Oct at 7.30pm
Then on Sunday Oct 2nd I'm playing a live set on Doug Welch's BBC Radio Kent Folk Show at 9pm

forthcoming gigs - September 24, 2016

Sunday Sept 25th I'm at Royston Arts Festival two gigs 1pm-2pm at Heath Sports Centre and 3pm-4pm at Royston Town FC. Details on gig page. Looking forward to it!
Next weekend on Sunday Oct 2nd night at 9pm I'm on the BBC Radio Kent Folk Show - performing live!

gigs! - September 1, 2016

Playing Cambridge folk clubopen stage tomorrow (friday) and then doing 2 x45 min slots at the Chapel in Broadstairs on Sunday 7pm-9pm. Should be great!

festival dates and Cambridge Folk Club - August 21, 2016

Andy has confirmed a few dates for the end of August/start of September.
August 21st Folk East Festival (soapbox stage)
August 28th Hertford Music Festival (the White Horse)
September 2nd Cambridge Folk Club (open stage)
September 25th Royston Music Festival

Sunday 30th July Welling Beer Fest - July 27, 2016

Going to do a solo set on piano and guitar at Welling Beer Festival. Planning some real crwod pleasers witht eh original stuff. Should be a great evening - lots of other acts. Have a look at the gigs page for details...

latest gigs and radio play - July 20, 2016

Had a great July so far - really wonderful gigs at Royston FC, Rochester Acoutic music day and Croydon FC. The new album's been selling well. Some radio play the other day on a great folk show in Cambridge: 'Whiskey Priest' is played about 10 mins in. I really recommend the whole show though - a great listen.

you tube videos - July 4, 2016

Starting to get organised a little on this front. Took a couple of videos at the album launch....
Live at Royston FC in Cambs on Friday July 8th.....

New album 'waiting for a rose to bloom' on itunes now!!

album launch gig July 3rd - June 27, 2016

My new album 'Waiting for a Rose to Bloom' is released on Friday. It will be on all download sites.
Here's a link to amazon: I'm going to do a gig to celebrate the release of the album on Sunday 3rd July at Croydon Folk and Blues club starting at 8pm.
Had a really fun gig at the Hawth in Crawley on Saturday.

album release July 1st! - June 1, 2016

Well it's only a month away now... My new 13 track piano/vocal solo album is due to have a worldwide release on July 1st.
The album launch is local @ Croydon Folk and blues Club on Sunday 3rd July at 8pm. I'm also hoping to organise another launch date in Kidbrooke on a grand piano... more news soon!

pelton arms gig - April 24, 2016

Playing at the Pelton Arms on Thursday. Roughly speaking I'm on at 8pm and 10pm - two sets. Going to play some piano songs from the new album. See you there!

new album being mastered - April 12, 2016

New album now fully mixed. Mastering at the late George Martin's Air Studios this week. Looking forward to working at the great man's studio.

new album - April 2, 2016

New album now fully mixed and going to the mastering and artwork stage. Absolutely thrilled with how the 13 piano tracks have turned out. Thanks to Denise at Alice's Loft Studios for all of the hard work she's put in with the engineering and mixing.

Loughton Folk Club - March 9, 2016

I'm playing again at the wonderful friendly Loughton Folk Club next Thursday 17th March. Recordings are coming along great. Looking forwards to getting the new record out in the summer.
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