Andy Dunne, whose career is built mostly on his capacity to expertly interpret and reinvent classic songs across multiple genres is also a Songwriter and Music Producer.
Begining his professional career at age 15, Andy ’s magnetism as a young cover artist lead him to be invited to join various bands throughout the late ‘80s and early ‘90s which eventually resulted in him becoming a well-know figure in the German pub scene.
“When I started going to Germany on my own, it was back in 1993. It was a guy from Derry who was married and living in Cork. Himself and some other guys were opening a pub in Hamburg, so he asked me to play the opening night, so that started it for me.
“I ended up going over there every two months and then I was getting other offers from other cities and I ended up doing the whole Irish pub scene around Germany for a few years,” he says.
However, Dunne’s escapes in Germany came to an end when he became sick and ultimately required a kidney transplant.
“Then I stopped it. I got sick, I had to stop.
A few years later when I was on dialysis, I was really sick, some friends of mine in a Cork band called Galleon approached me and said one of the lads was leaving the band and would I be interested in joining. I said ‘Lads, I can barely get off the chair’. They said I could sit on a stool,” he says.
Andy has also worked as a cabinet maker as well as studying music performance, theory, management and audio engineering.