I’ve been long known for covering Folk, Country, Pop and Rock Classics.
Managing to forge a 35+ year career doing this is something I’m very proud of. It’s been one he’ll of a ride and I have no intention of stopping any time soon,
However, during these years , I’ve also been writing my own material, now and then adding a few to my set-list. “Take This Man” has been a constant since I wrote it 20 years ago (Man!?!, how time flies by 🙂).
“The Old Fashioned Way” , ‘Home ‘ , ‘Evolution’ , ‘That Was Who I Am ‘ and ‘Love’ etc, have all seemed to fit nicely in my cover sets.
The response they have received over time has given me a healthy confidence in my song writing ability and I believe has led me to DREW.
“DREW #PROJECT7016 my first album of original songs has been in the works for along time. Release dates March 18th for Cds and Bandcamp then May 18th to all
streaming platforms. It’s a lot more than a dream come true for me to finally send these
songs out in to the world. I want as many people as possible to hear them and hopefully
relate in some small way to their light and shade”
A collection of reflections on life’s losses, blessings, lessons, stop signs and learnings;
DREW #project7016 brings together many years of survival and gratitude. Each song was
written during one hospital stay or another and captures a different time, place and mood.
It also reflects the many musical genres which have influenced him.
Recorded by Conor O’Sullivan at HIDDEN RECORDING STUDIO, Killeens, Blarney, Co. Cork,
Mixed and Mastered by Andy Dunne at Spare Room Studio, Cork, Ireland.
Produced by Andy Dunne & Paul Seymour.
Cover Photo and Design : Andy Dunne
All songs Written & Composed by Andy Dunne (IMRO).
Andy Dunne – Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Paul Seymour – Keyboards & Vocals
Sally O’Regan – Vocals
Brendan Clancy – Fiddle
Brian Morrissey – Tenor Banjo, Bodhran & Percussion
Fionn Hennessy – Drums / Percussion
Chris Mccarthy – Basses
Paul Dunlea – Trombone on “The Lucky One”.
Audio and Project consultation: Dan Dan FitzGerald.
Andy Dunne Album Release assisted by Eirplay, an inititiative of SoundSound Recording
You could say I’m finally fulfilling a life dream of putting my heart and soul out there in the knowledge that they could be accepted or rejected.
Either way #ithastobedunne.
Should be fun!!! Andy. 😎
THE DREW CREW
Conor O’Sullivan – Hidden Studio Recording Engineer.
Andy first met Conor through mutual musical friends. Over the years they have collaborated on many live projects.
In recent years, Conor’s love and obvious dedication to creating music spilled over into his love of capturing it on recordings. So began his journey towards ‘Hidden Studio”. This plan was in motion roughly the same time as the plan for DREW was, so when Conor told Andy he was purpose building a studio from the ground up then Andy knew that this has to be the place to record the album.
more about Conor at www.conorosullivan.com
Paul Seymour (Keyboards, Vocals , Arranger & Producer) has been working on the Cork music scene for many years. His immense talents and attention to detail has had him playing across many genres including rock, folk, Irish traditional, funk, jazz and blues.
He has recorded or played with a number of Cork luminaries over the years, these include Sinead Lohan, Freddie White, Galleon, Dizzy Blues Band, Fiona Kennedy, Andy Dunne, Floating Opera and with national luminaries, Brian Morrissey, Donovan, Arty MacGlynn, Phillip Donnelly, Davy Arthur, Declan Sinnott and Celine Carroll.
Paul has travelled extensively over the years with music taking him to Spain, France, Germany, the U.K, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Brazil and the Middle East.
As a producer/arranger and session player,Paul has worked on many productions, in both studio and live settings.
For over thirty years He has been a friend, collaborator and huge musical influence on Andy Dunne, so much so that being part of the team for this project seems to be a natural next step.
BRENDAN CLANCY (FIDDLE)
Hailing from Stradbally, County Waterford, Brendan has been playing Fiddle for almost 20 years.
He learned the Fiddle from renowned teachers, Máire Govers, Gerry Harrington, Siobhán Peoples and many local musicans in the Dungarvan/West Waterford area such as Tomás Morrissey, Micky Dalton, Michael Connerry, Mary Daly, Johnny McGrath (RIP), Paddy & Stephen Tutty, in Tom Mahoney’s Pub in Durrow, County Waterford and the “Bean A’ Leanna” Pub formally in Dungarvan, County Waterford.
Since he’s started playing, he has earned a degree in Irish Music & Dance from UL.
Having played in a group with his brother Noel Clancy (Accordion and Melodeon) and his grandfather Tomás Clancy (RIP) on Mouthorgan, Brendan went on to play with some of the top performers and bands in Irish Traditional Music, including; Seamus Begley, Seamie O’Dowd, Benny McCarthy, Michael Flatley, Mick McAuley, The Awbeg Ceilí Band, Donnchadh Gough, Paddy Keenan, Dónal Clancy, and Gerry McKee.
During this time playing in some of the biggest and most prestigious venues such as The Helix Theatre Dublin, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and The INEC Killarney.
Brendan’s gifted and inspiring fiddle playing can be heard regularly on the Dungarvan and Cork City trad scene. Notably as part of The Tuesday night “Lee Sessions” along side Andy Dunne,Pat O’Sullivan, Tony Dunne & Conor O’Sullivan at one of Corks top live music venues, The Oliver Plunkett.
After many nights of playing sessions together, Brendan and Andy have built a strong friendship and a true understanding and appreciation of each other’s musical styles.
Brian Morrissey ( Bodhrán, Tenor Banjo, Whistles and Percussion).
Originally from Nenagh in Co. Tipperary, Brian has been living and playing in Cork for many years. He previously lectured and tutored in Irish Traditional Music at the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, University of Limerick and also tutored at University College Cork.
Brian has performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in folk/trad, including Donal Lunny, John Spillane, Luka Bloom, Máirtín O’Connor, Michael McGoldrick, The Vallely Brothers, Cathal Hayden, Kevin Crawford, Nathan Carter and the late, great Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin. He has also performed with international artists such as Béla Fleck and Alison Brown.
Brian is the creator and producer of the critically acclaimed production, Pulses of Tradition, a Cork-based traditional Irish music, song and dance multi-media experience. He is also the director of The Lee Sessions, Cork city’s fantastic traditional music session series.
His passion is firmly focused on the promotion and restoration of the Irish music and language traditions, in all their wonder.
Brian has toured extensively in Europe, Asia, North America and South America, playing in some of the most famous venues in the world, including the Royal Albert Hall in London and The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Sally O’Regan – Vocals.
Andy’s sister; Sally has been part of Andy’s music since day one. In fact, if Sally hadn’t been offered a gig in a venue called Henry Africa’s in Cork City back in 1984 which she needed a guitar player for, Andy may have never become a live performer.
Sallys voice is powerful yet soft, clinically accurate yet undeniably natural. her many years of Live performance, Recording and Vocal Coaching have given her the ability and confidence to play the perfect part in a song – scape. If she is a backing vocalist, she has the tools for that and her ability as a main vocalist “rings” for itself.
In the early days of digital recording, studio engineers were fascinated to see how both Sally and Andy had almost identical wave-forms when sing with each other. Maybe it’s because they are family but there is no denying that the blend works…every time.
Fionn Hennessy Hayes – Drums & Percussion
Fionn is an Irish drummer, recording artist & songwriter. Having spent the best part of 10 years extensively touring with various different artists, Fionn’s playing has taken him to countries including USA, Mexico, Ireland, UK, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Norway & UAE.
He has a wide range of experience as a recording artist having worked with top producers including Ian Davenport (Radiohead, Stereophonics, Supergrass), Christian Best (Mick Flannery, Jack O Rourke), Brendan Fennessy (O Emperor, Marlene Enright, Anna Mitchell), Kelly Grey (Queensryche, Candlebox) and Brian Casey (Wavefield Studios)
Over the years Fionn has shared stages with the likes of Snow Patrol, Kodaline, Picture This, The Coronas, Gavin James, Van Morrison, Shane MacGowan, Imelda May, JP Cooper, Clean Bandit, Queensryche, The Real Thing and Jason Derulo to name a few.
He spent 2 years honing his skills in the music industry by studying Music, Management & Sound in CSN (Colaiste Stiofain Naofa). Followed by a further 2 years of education in Popular Music at the Cork School of Music.