andy gordon

Beardy Country, Alternate Folk, Singer/Songwriter


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About Andy

It's all about the stories and songs, the words and the songwriting. Born in Wollongong, NSW, singer, guitarist, percussionist and trumpeter, Andy was 10 years old when he first started to play music. His mother was a trained singer and they sang together constantly as he grew up. His father's mother was a music teacher, his mother's father was a musical jack of all trades who found his expression on the banjo and the spoons. His older cousin played saxaphone in the band, Tarquin, and going to gigs seemed to be an integral part of existence to him. It was only natural that Andy would end up travelling the world playing for a living himself.

Under the direction of an enthusiastic music teacher Andy and three other friends formed a band whilst in High School called Mistaken Identity. They played around Wollongong and up and down the south coast. Their parents had to drive them to gigs as they were too young themselves. Of course they weren't meant to be in pubs either but that didn't stop the band playing them regularly.

After leaving school Andy moved to Sydney to work at EMI's recording facility, Studios 301. For ten years he soaked up every influence he could and worked with so many great musicians. He became friends with Russell Kilbey and played on an album by Russell and Ed Clayton-Jones, Turkeyneck Lasso. John Kilbey became a close friend and asked Andy to do some sound engineering and playing on his solo album, The Penny Drops, Good Fortunes. You can hear one of Andy's songs, "Under a Lid", on the nothing short of fantastic follow up album by John Kilbey, Nothing More Than Something To Wear, JLK, Karmic Hit Records. Around this time Andy met Matt Clyde and Jeremy Butterworth. A lasting friendship was formed out of which came the band, Luminous. They recorded an EP which is no longer available. It was maybe a case of "what could have been".

Andy played other people's songs on some lovingly crafted albums over the years, Jeremy Flies...A Tribute To Nick Drake, Um and Ah Records, playing the haunting "Fruit Tree", Jeremy Flies Vol 2...A Tribute To Nick Drake, Acoustic Lounge Records, playing the song "Clothes Of Sand", Stars In My Belly-A Tribute To Jeff Buckley, Acoustic Lounge Records, playing an un-released song of Jeff's called "All Flowers In Time (Bend Towards The Sun)" and on Remote Memory - A Tribute To Elliott Smith, Um and Ah Records, playing "Everything Reminds Me Of Her".

Andy has released five solo albums to date: 2009's Life Got In The Way, 2013's The Reverent Jorfy and The Reverent Jorfy - Live, 2014's Black Sea and in 2015 a song cycle based on the initial contact between Australia's First Peoples and the British, titled New Albion. Mary Gautier meets Buddy Miller is how his music could be described. He is not afraid to note the pain in the world around him but also to acknowledge the beauty and the heart. Andy lives with his love in the beautiful Kangaroo Valley writing his songs on the porch of the house they built together, off the grid, on solar power.


Other reviews are available
on the interweb
here is a selection.

“Andy Gordon’s new album, New Albion, benefits in equal measure from his songwriter’s craft as well as (Syd) Green’s ‘MonoNest sound’. Gordon has constructed a series of songs conceptually linked around the early settlement of Sydney – and the interaction with the Indigenous Australians of the region – and Green, through sound-shaping and his usual simpatico meshing with Gordon’s songs, has given them the perfect setting and atmosphere. The result is very real and very beautiful. The songs have a depth brought about by Gordon’s respectful research, they also have a breadth which comes purely from Gordon’s big-hearted song craft”.
John Hardaker, (The Orange Press).

“Operating in the netherworld between ethereal and rootsy country-folk music and the dreamy and hypnotic realm that Neil Young’s Dead Man inhabits, Gordon’s New Albion requires time and attention to discover the subtlety and grace which make up some of the album’s finest qualities”.
Doubtful Sounds, 20 Favourite AUS and NZ Americana Albums (Post To Wire).

“Black Sea feels like friendly company. His moody voice fills space and leaks into the ears of the listener like the sweet words of a trusted friend. One who understands and repeats your words back in his eloquent style. Listeners will hold onto Black Sea once they hear it, wishing that the too short six songs would somehow become twelve. Comforting and stylistically vast, misery will like Black Sea for company and so will several other emotions”.
Sarah Pritchard, (Alternative Media Group).

"...uniformly strong, he may have invented a whole new genre: architectural acoustic"
Jeff Apter, (Sydney Morning Herald).

“...woody, warm performances, a sublime collection of acoustic flavoured songs that all seem wise beyond their years – sympathetically recorded and produced by Syd Green, a producer who always seems to get it so right”.
John Hardaker, (MegaphoneOz).


Sat 31 January 2015, 7:00 pm
Mittagong Red Room on Main
Red Room on Main, 1/118 Main Street, Mittagong, NSW, supporting Nick Rheinberger.

Sat 28 February 2015, 7:00 pm
Mittagong Red Room on Main
Red Room on Main, 1/118 Main Street, Mittagong, NSW, supporting Medium Rare.

Sat 21 March 2015, 11:00 - 11:45 am
Yackandandah The Pub, Yackandandah Folk Festival
High Street, Yackandandah, Vic.

Sun 22 March 2015, 10:15 - 11:00am
Yackandandah The Courthouse, Yackandandah Folk Festival
William Street, Yackandandah, Vic.

Fri 27 March 2015, Times TBA
Mittagong Vault Cabaret on the Road
Mittagong Playhouse, Main Street, Mittagong, NSW.

Fri 10 April 2015, Times 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Berrima E2 Events, Locals Night
Eschalot E2 Restaurant, 24 Old Hume Highway, Berrima, NSW, Solo Show

Fri 24 April 2015, 6:20 - 7:00 pm
St Albans Marquee, St Albans Folk Festival
Wollombi Road, St Albans, Solo show.

Sat 25 April 2015, 10:00 - 10:40 am
St Albans School of Arts, St Albans Folk Festival
Upper Macdonald Road, St Albans, Solo Show.

Thu 20 August 2015, 8:00 - 10:40 pm
Surry Hills High Tea
Hibernian House, Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, supporting Matt Tonks and Syd Green.

North America and Canada Tour 2015

Sun 30 August 2015, Times TBC
Temecula, CA Chords and Vines, Temecula Valley Cheese Company
42072 5th Street, Temecula, CA, Radio interview and Solo Show.

Thu 3 September 2015, 7.30 pm
Snoqualmie, WA The Black Dog
8062 Railway Avenue, Snoqualmie, WA, with Dominique Fraissard.

Tue 8 September 2015, 8.00 - 10.00 pm
Vancouver, BC Melodies in Mind, Radio CJSF
8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC.

Wed 9 September 2015, 8.00 - 10.00 pm
Vancouver, BC Folk Oasis, Radio CiTR
3500–6133 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC.

11-12 September 2015, 5.45 pm
Duncan, BC Island Invasion Music Festival
Duncan, BC with Man Made Lake and more.

Wed 16 September 2015, 8.30 - 11.50 pm
Vancouver, BC Stranded Radio Presents, The Railway Club
579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC, with Kristie McCracken and M.Lund.

Thu 17 September 2015, 8.00 pm
Kaslo, BC Bluebelle Bistro
347 Front Street, Kaslo, BC, with Dominique Fraissard.

Fri 18 September September 2015, 11.15 pm - 12.30 am
Revelstoke, BC The Village Idiot, Axis Mundi Festival
Revelstoke, BC, with Dominique Fraissard.

Sat 19 September September 2015, 1.00 - 2.00 pm
Revelstoke, BC The Cube, Axis Mundi Festival
Revelstoke, BC, with Dominique Fraissard.

Sun 20 September September 2015, 1.00 - 2.00 pm
Revelstoke, BC Performing Arts Centre, Axis Mundi Festival
Revelstoke, BC, Jowi Taylor's Six String Nation Guitar with Dominique Fraissard.

Fri 25 September 2015, 7.30 - 9.30 pm
Whitehorse, YT House Concert
Whitehorse, Yukon Territories.

Fri 2 October 2015, Times TBA
Mount Lorne, YT Lorne Mountain Community Association
Mount Lorne, Yukon Territories.

Sat 3 October 2015, 7.30 - 9.30 pm
Yukon Territories House Concert
Whitehorse, Yukon Territories.

15-18 October 2015, Times TBC
Toronto, ON Folk Music Ontario Conference
Toronto, ON.

Wed 21 October 2015, 7.00 - 8.00 pm
New York, NY Caffe Vivaldi
32 Jones Street, New York, NY.

Thu 22 October 2015, 8.00 - 8.45 pm
Brooklyn, NY The Way Station
683 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY with The Jacks and Double Down.

Fri 23 October 2015, 7.00 - 11.00 pm
New York, NY The Path Cafe
131 Christopher Street, New York, NY with Rich Young (UK) and King Washington (LA).

Sun 25 October 2015, 5.00 - 8.00 pm
Long Island City, NY LIC Bar
45-58 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY with Those Sensible Shoes.

Fri 30 October 2015, 6.40 pm
New York, NY American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square, New York, NY.

Fri 6 November 2015, 6.00 - 9.00 pm
Nowra, NSW Shoalhaven Arts Centre and Regional Gallery
12 Berry Street, Nowra, NSW, Album launch accompanied by Syd Green and John Kane.

Tue 26 January 2016, 4.45 - 5.15 pm
Wollongong, NSW Main Stage, Australia Day Concert
Lang Park, Wollongong, NSW, accompanied by Syd Green, John Kane and Ivan Morris with 19 Twenty and many others.

Wed 16 March 2016, 6.30 - 10.00 pm
Sydney, NSW Newtown Social Club - Front Bar
387 King Street, Newtown, NSW, supporting Mark Lucas.

Sun 27 March 2016, 1.00 - 8.00 pm
Sydney, NSW Bald Faced Stag - Americana Festa
345 Parramatta Road, Leichhardt, NSW, with The Green Mohair Suits, Mark Lucas and the Dead Setters, The Honey Stompers and Amber Rae Slade and the Mighty Big Noise.

Fri 22 April, 6.20 - 7.00 pm
St Albans, NSW St Albans Folk Festival

Sat 23 April, 11.20 am - Noon
St Albans, NSW St Albans Folk Festival
The Church.

Sun 24 April, 12.00 - 1.00 pm
St Albans, NSW St Albans Folk Festival
Story and Songwriting Workshop at The Tennis Club.

Sun 24 April, 9.10 - 10.00 pm
St Albans, NSW St Albans Folk Festival
School of Arts.

Fri 29 April, 10.00 - 11.00 pm
Mt Beauty, Victoria Mt Beauty Music Festival
Night Concert, Cranky Charlies IV.

Sat 30 April, 9.00 - 10.00 am
Mt Beauty, Victoria Mt Beauty Music Festival
The Town Hall - Rockin Round Robin with Bity Booker, Tessa Devine, and Innes.

Sat 30 April, 2.00 - 3.00 pm
Mt Beauty, Victoria Mt Beauty Music Festival
The Town Hall.

Sun 1 May, 11.00 am - Noon
Mt Beauty, Victoria Mt Beauty Music Festival
Cranky Charlies IV.

Sun 29 May, 4.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Glebe, NSW The Record Crate Cafe
34 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, with The April Family, Mark Lucas and Dear Orphans, $10 entry.

Thur 23 June, 7.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Petersham, NSW Petersham Bowling Club
77 Brighton Street, Petersham, with Mark Lucas and Lazy L and Strangelove.

Thur 4 August, 7.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Marrickville, NSW Gasoline Pony
115 Marrickville Road, Marrickville, with Steph Miller and Mark Lucas.

Sun 14 August, 3.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Kangaroo Valley, NSW Homegrown@TheARTSLAB Upper River Hall
1009 Upper Kangaroo River Rd, Upper Kangaroo River with John Kane, Danny Ross (single launch), Jeremy Butterworth and Baxter Stone, $30 adult / $15 under 18s.

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