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Andy Smythe: News

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

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 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,

Lots of Gigs in 2006! - January 3, 2006

Andy has a number of gigs coming up in the new year at many of the finest folk/acoustic clubs in Southern England. Check out the gigs page for details. A new album is also being recorded as we speak! Happy New Year to you all!
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