Bray, County Wicklow
Born in Dublin, Ireland, currently based between Bray Co Wicklow, and Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy, Andrew Handrick is a self taught musician playing edgy folk/rock with literate lyrics.
His early years were spent listening to artist such as Elvis and Dean Martin, later moving on to bands such as The Jam, The Who, The Velvet Underground and eventually understanding the lyrical mastery of Bob Dylan. While Simon + Garfunkel and REM were a big influence on his use of harmonies.
Fusing all these influences together Andrew has written songs which have been compared to Elliot Smith, Nick Drake, Goo Goo Dolls, Smashing Pumpkins, Dinosaur Jr, amongst others.
Andrew was involved in playing at the following:
IMRO Showcase Night, Heineken Green Energy Band Challenge, Emergenza Band Competition, Limerick Expo, South East Music Seminar also recording a session for the Dave Fanning show on 2FM National Radio.
His song 'Weirdo's Goodbye' was featured on the CD 'Futureproof II' Best of Irish, released through Danceline Records, and he has also contributed work to independent films both in Ireland and the US..
Another of his compositions 'Stolen' made it into the Top 100 of the Bacardi/HotPress Songs of the Year 2002.
Andrew won the National Busking Competition in Virginia, Co. Cavan in 2003, and competed in the final of An Tostal Song Competiton 2004.
Ireland's premiere music magazine, Hot Press, chose his CD for "Pick of the Fortnight" in its April 2005 edition.
He was a featured artist on San Francisco's Channel 29 TV show "On The Tip Of My Tongue" in May 2006.
Andrew released his debut album "The True Riches Of Life" in 2006
Eirom.net chose Andrew as part of their "Discover the Next Big Thing" national campaign 2007.
Interviewed for Irish Music Scene Documentary 2008, awaiting release.
Songs featured on a new Yoga Fusion DVD, released in the US, August 2008.
Released "Five Steps" instrumental CD, Sept 2008.
Featured artist on BBC Radio 6, UK, Dec 2008.
Song included on Songs For Haiti CD 2009.
Released second album 'distractions' August 2011
As well as playing throughout Ireland, Andrew has played gigs in the UK, and USA (L.A, San Francisco and Austin, Texas)
Andrew's songs have been played on various radio stations across the world.