Wighton Heritage Centre, Central Library, Wellgate, Dundee DD1 1DB
Saturday 18th February 2017, 11am (doors open 10.30am)
Cappuccino Concert with Andrew Gordon, Scottish Traditional Singer
Andrew Gordon’s music features a rich mix of traditional and contemporary Scottish songs. (Some Irish, Canadian and English tunes also make it into the set!)
Andrew has been a folkie for as long as he can remember. Brought up listening to the music of The Corries, Andrew developed a deep love of Traditional (and not so traditional) folk music. He started playing when he was 13 and had his first solo performance at 17 supporting Gaberlunzie in The Kings Arms, Perth in 1994.
Like many Scottish musicians, Andrew remembers the days when the family and neighbours would gather at Hogmanay, to drink, sing songs, and make merry. It was this community aspect that first led Andrew to get involved, and he became a regular at sessions around Perthshire in his early career. Things really began to take off for Andrew in 1999 when he played his first overseas gigs, visiting San Francisco and racking up 9 gigs in 3 weeks.
Andrew steadily increased his profile, and the opportunity to live and play in North America proved too exciting to turn down and Andrew moved across the pond in 2004. Over 18 months he performed all over Ontario, Michigan and Indiana. On returning to Scotland in 2005 Andrew picked up where he left off, and started building a touring schedule in Europe. Andrew now performs in Germany several times each year, and is a regular at Stadthalle Gladbeck, Hermannsburg Highland Games, Folkival Festival in Nurtingen and the Kutschenmuseum Gescher as well as venues in Stuttgart, Wezlar, Grevenbroich, Hagen, Altena, Borken, Bremen, Celle, Bad Fallingbostel and Esslingen. He also has annual trips to Norway and Denmark. Andrew has also been lucky enough to perform with Skerryvore and The Red Hot Chilli Pipers in Scotland, and with Sean Cannon from The Dubliners at Stadthalle Borken.
Folkingcool.co.uk said there was something compelling about Andrew’s music and passion. Fellow musician Brian Higgins has always been a fan of the “robust” rhythms on both guitar and bodhran that Andrew uses to accompany his distinctive and passionate singing. Andrew believes that one of the reasons audiences get behind his music is that he “gives it some welly”.
Tickets £5 at door, tea/coffee available for small donation