DREW

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 setlist. “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 is my way of creating a space for my songs. Giving them an output in which to mature and grow. Kind of like letting your children leave the the nest and face the big bad world ha. 😮
DREW is also a way for me to give myself a proverbial kick in the ass and just GO FOR IT.

Many of my family , life long friends and colleagues have for years been telling me that my songs are good enough and should be heard by more people. I suppose it’s ‘normal’ to second guess your own abilities and have a sense of doubt and insecurity. I’m not sure how normal it is to be that way for most of your life tho!?! Ha.
So finally , I’m ready to give my songs the space and airing apparently they deserve 🤠.

DREW will be me, with three amazing musician friends playing shows of original material. Recording & making a videos.
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. 😎

Time to introduce the “DREW CREW”.

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.
Next up…
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.
And of course…

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.