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Andy Smythe: News

Strings for Cuba Festival - March 27, 2007

Andy's really enjoyed his gigs in recent weeks and after rocking at Croydon Folk and Blues clubthis weekend he's been invited back to play the 'Strings for Cuba' charity night this Sunday April 1st. The night kicks off at 8pm. Andy's first on at 8.15pm and is followed by some great bands from around the world. Come and support this just cause to help musicians in Cuba beat the US trade embargo and get strings for their guitars!

gigs this weekend!! - February 20, 2007

I'm appearing with Les elvin (guitar+bass) at Orpington Folk on Friday Feb 23rd and at the Windsor Castle Pub in Marylebone on Sunday Feb 25th. Both gigs will be great fun!

I'm looking for a manager - January 30, 2007

Anybody assertive, with great connections on the folk scene, and an effervescent bubbly personality! If so Andy would love to hear from you. I need somebody to help me get gigs and push my recordings to record companies and publishers. The sky's the limit!

Fab club review of Andy 26th Nov - November 28, 2006

The Fab clubs review of my gig there on 26th Nov

His first song is called ‘Whisky Priest’. This is one of Andy’s oldest songs and one of my own favourites. He sings with his usual song and haunting voice which vibrates around the Fab Club room.
This fella’ is so talented that he plays the harmonica as well. Fabulous!

His second song ‘Half me, half you’ is a new one that I’ve not heard before. A very catchy song with a good joining chorus, written I feel not in his usual style, and it makes a great change!

‘Autumn Gold’ is another of Andy’s older songs. He plays this on the piano and captivates the audience with this beautiful ballad

He now plays yet another new song about a Scottish loch inspired from a school trip. Another great ballad played superbly on the piano.

Next is a cover version of the Woody Guthrey song ‘This land’. As Andy play’s he has the audience singing and tapping their feet straight away. Marvellous!
Another new Smythe song ‘We love our children too’ all about the Israeli and Lebanon conflict. He sings and strums this with conviction and feeling.

Andy finishes with a piano ballad called ‘Brothers’, one which I’ve heard many times before and still love. I look forward to the next half hour of Andy and his wonderful voice.
Andy Smythe returns to the stage. Hoooooorah!!!!

If it’s any thing like the first half then the clubs in for another superb treat!

He starts with a piano foot tapping number called ‘ and you’ve guessed it…it’s self-penned.

‘Garden of sweet England’ requested by Claudine and once again sung beautifully.

Back to the guitar…he tells a very funny story about the time when he was stuck with two drop dead gorgeous ladies in New Mexico. Oooh eeeer!!! No nothing like that! Sorry.
This leads to another of his songs called the ‘Rio Grande’.
A Leonard Cohen song follows ‘Hallelujah’ sung…..oh for love of music what can I possibly say that hasn’t been said already? He’s superb, great fantastic, marvellous, talented, stupendous, an unbelievably good song writer and performer!
And if you’re looking this up on the net and have never been to Fab Club before you’ve missed a real treat!

‘Sap and earth’ is a very new Andy Smythe song. A great one destined to be a favourite with his fans.

‘Changing Seasons’ one of Andy’s older songs and a great catchy tune. In fact I would say this is a must for foot tapers every where!

Andy has written a song about a British soldier coming back from the Iraq war and coping with the after affects. Something we don’t hear too much about and a darn good protest song. ‘Song for Iraq’

His last song – booo! – is a Rufus Wainwright song called ‘Art teacher’
Ok. Not his last song. He does an encore called ‘England in the summer time’

This has been on of Andy’s best performances.
Well done mate!

Review by Simon Oliver
http://www.fabclub.bravehost.com/review11063.html

November gigs - November 14, 2006

Andy has three great gigs in the space of a week. Catch him at:

The Fab Club 26th Nov
Croydon Folk Club 27th Nov
Horsham Folk Club 3th Dec

More details on calender dates page. See you then!

Buy music on itunes - October 14, 2006

Tenterden Folk Festival - September 30, 2006

Andy is performing on Saturday 7th October at Tenterden folk festival. Check out the calender dates page for more info!

Buy CDs from CDbaby! - August 31, 2006

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Buy great CDs NOW! - August 9, 2006

Buy Love Unspoken album at:

http://cdbaby.com/cd/andysmythe
Buy Last Throes of Summer album at:

http://cdbaby.com/cd/andysmythe2
In digital form download all Andy's work from:
http://www.wovenwheatwhispers.co.uk/folk_community/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=161

Catch Andy at Broadstairs Folk Week - July 23, 2006

Andy will be playing two initimate gigs at Broadstairs Folk Week on Saturday Aug 12th. He will be performing on guitar and stage piano at:

Balmoral Bar, Albion St 1pm-2pm
Peens, Victoria Parade 8pm-10.30pm

He also has a growing list of folkclubs which he will be headlining in the 2006-7 season. Please see calender dates page.

suffolk folk festival - June 5, 2006

Had a great day out on Sunday playing at the inaugral Suffolk Folk Festival in Woodbridge. A stunning setting in Elmhurst park - a view of church spires and yacht masts! A lovely stage and sound system. Wonderfully hosted by Paul Salamon with a great compere in John Bosley. Also loved the other acts Kundalini Drive and the Shanty crew. Make sure you make the trip next year! Great pics in the photogallery http://www.onesuffolk.co.uk/SuffolkFolkFestival/Programme/

festivals galore - June 1, 2006

Andy's appearing at no less than 5 festivals this month! First up this weekend it's Pigs Ear fest at Markbeech near Edenbridge on Friday night and Suffolk folk festival at Woodbridge, Suffolk on Sunday. Check out the calender dates!

i tunes!! - May 11, 2006

Just a reminder all my songs are available at i-tunes of ryou i-pod freaks out there:

Andy Smythe: Last Throes of Summer
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=45255327
Andy Smythe: Love Unspoken
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=134118877

Best Voice at the Folk Factor! - May 2, 2006

Andy recently entered a folk factor competition organised by Rochester Sweeps Festival. Though he didn't win judges Simon Evans (radio kent), Jo Tuffs (Broadstairs festival) and Joe Steed said :
'the best voice we've heard'
'you're blessed to have such a voice'

Lovely praise indeed. Thank you!

Recent gig review at Stortfolk, Bishops Stortford Folk Club - April 22, 2006

Andy Smythe - first class contemporary music, good writing plus great covers - versatile, entertaining & highly recommended.
Can read an audience really well so he's well worth booking if you run a club.

april gigs - April 18, 2006

Three gigs on April 19th, 24th and 30th. Check out the gigs page!

Buy andy smythe CDs - April 18, 2006

A number for people have said recently how they think my album 'Love Unspoken' could be one of the great underground folk albums. See for yourself! Send it back if they're wrong! Buy it now at:http://cdbaby.com/cd/andysmythe
But 'Last Throes of Summer' too!!
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/andysmythe2

http://www.myspace.com/andysmythe - April 5, 2006

Please check out this new site and please feel free to add your comments!

Gigs! - March 25, 2006

Andy is playing gigs in Bishop Stortford and Cambridge over the next 2 weeks. Check out the gigs section for more info!

Download all Andy's work (29 songs) for £13 - March 4, 2006

I just wanted to let you all know about a brilliant folk site called Woven Wheat Whispers. Copy and paste this link and you can buy high quality downloads (+ all artwork) for all three of my CD releases. It's great value for money. Just £5 per album.

http://www.wovenwheatwhispers.co.uk/Label-Review-Andy_Smythe.htm

itunes - March 2, 2006

Just to confirm that you can now purchase Andy's tunes from itunes and play them on your i pod. Just search for Andy Smythe in their search engine and you're away!

Orpington Friday Folk - February 9, 2006

Andy's next local gig is on Febuary 24th 8.30pm at Orpington Friday Folk at Orpington Liberal Club. Andy will be performing much of his set on his wonderful new stage piano! Great sound! This is a must see gig.

Orpington liberal Club
Station Rd
Orpington

Lovely review at the Fab Club, Essex - January 31, 2006

Andy Smythe was introduced by Margaret as a Fab Club virgin. Are there really any virgins in Lewisham? He sang us two of his own songs. The first he accompanied on his guitar with an accomplished strumming style. Called “Coogee Bay” it recalled his time in Australia and was a song about his girl, who ran off with …. an accountant. Her loss! Well, he deserves to be treated better by the girls of Kent and Essex, who should appreciate his accomplished singing and playing. He accompanied his next on the keyboard, which was a deeply moving song called “Brothers” about a friend who died in a surfing accident in Cornwall. Lovely accompaniment and great song. After the break, Andy did another song accompanied on the keyboard called “The Garden of Sweet England”. Beautiful. I have a feeling we will be hearing more from Andy at the club. I do hope so. In the meantime, he is supporting Pete Coe at Dartford on 31st January.

Happy New Year - January 8, 2006

From the 'Music' page you can now download 6 Andy Smythe songs for free (just right click and choose 'save target as'). If you like them go and purchase the albums on CDbaby.com and you can then own 25 Andy Smythe songs for only $20! Happy new year!

Last Throes of Summer - January 8, 2006

My recent album is receiving some lovely reviews. Here's another from the great folk/roots site 'Rambles':

The award for the most wittily titled album of 2005 must go to Last Throes of Summer by Andy Smythe.
The compositions come straight from the singer and are all the better for this. Smythe has an ear for words and a knack for writing well about the ordinary things of life.
"Our Gang" is an excellent example of this as he paints a recent picture of childhood in England. No doubt all childhood memories will be kindled by the lyrics of stone throwing and fighting with friends.
A favourite song for me is "Let's Fall in Love Again," a gentle, quiet and thoughtful piece. The universality of the American Indian experience is evident as this English singer tells their sad tale on "No Heroes."
Another "could be" classic is the wonderful "Maid of the Loch." Given enough exposure, this could become a standard. "Brothers" is a story-song telling a sad tale of loss. The marriage of lyrics and the simple melody is electric in telling the tale.
The album ends with the title track. Here Smythe brings us into the pastoral English countryside and describes a satisfied life to perfection.
Andy Smythe is a name to watch and a singer to listen to. The album is available through his website, where you can preview some tracks before purchasing.

Review by Nicky Rossiter, rambles.net
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