is an Entertainer, Songwriter & Producer from Cork City Ireland.
Born Andrew Dunlea on August 26th 1968, the youngest of 13 siblings, with a rare condition known as Prune Belly Syndrome and with a Medical record number of 7016, this particular journey was never going to run smooth. At age 7, very much inspired by his older brother Patsy, he discovered that music and a guitar in particular could make his thoughts and heart travel miles away from hospitals and all that came with them and so began the journey of DREW #PROJECT7016.
Taking the name Andy Dunne while playing at a local club in Cork City, Ireland at age 15 meant Andrew’s illness was no longer the big picture and Andy was free to roam the highways, mountains and streams of music. His life long love.
As a young solo entertainer he played mainly to full houses, playing support to acts such as Big Country, Midge Ure, Guy Clark, Mary Black, Jimmy MacCarthy, The Fleadh Cowboys, Freddie White, Philip Donnelly and so many more over a three year period. This was the best education a “cover artist” could ever get. Each artist he played before had an audience there to hear them and their style of music, so in order to do the best job possible, Andy was busy every week learning songs in the genre of which the audience, that weekend, would enjoy. This led to him having a very large choice of material. Gold for any cover artist.
This exposure meant Andy was invited to join various Bands over the late 80’s and early 90’s. Including being lead singer and acoustic guitar player with Irish folk and trad legend Davey Arthur from ’91 to ’93.
” That was such an amazing time. I was a kid for god sake? When I was offered the job with Davey??? Man? That was another level”.
After touring with Davey, Andy started to focus on the Irish Pub scene which was really taking off in Germany. He was asked to play at the opening of a new bar in Hamburg, and so began a love affair with a Country he still tours today, both solo and as part of Irish Folk group Galleon, meaning these days it’s more Concerts and less Pubs.
For the last 20+ years, Andy has also been a member of the Cork based, legendary contemporary folk group Galleon. This has brought his music to people in many theatres and concert halls in Germany.
“ An exceptional performer and writer, Andy Dunne is Ireland’s diamond in the rough” – Examiner Ireland.
“Andy Dunne is a master craftsman at the peak of his power.” – Hamburg Folk.
“Andy Dunne is a live performer that you cannot afford to miss.” – Henning Krautmacher (Höhner)
“Andy Dunne is a big part of the music scene in cork and in the Oliver Plunkett. Like a human jukebox he ranges from traditional Irish, ballads, rock, pop you name it. I’ve yet to catch him out with a song he doesn’t know. Always entertaining and well loved and received by the patrons and people working in the Oliver plunkett.” – Chris Weldon (Former Manager at The Oliver Plunkett Bar Cork).