andy gordon

Beardy Country, Alternate Folk, Singer/Songwriter


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About Andy

It's all about the stories and songs, the words and the songwriting. Born in Wollongong, NSW, singer, guitarist, percussionist and trumpeter, Andy was 10 years old when he first started to play music.

He has been a songwriter and recording musician since 2007. Before that time he was employed by EMI Recording Studios 301 in Sydney working on many Australian and international albums from 1987 until 1998. The band he was in at the time, “Luminous”, released a self titled EP. Andy spent four years regularly touring the east coast of Australia. In 2009 he released his first solo album titled “Life Got in the Way”.

Whilst writing the songs for “The Reverent Jorfy”, his second solo album, October/November 2012, Andy was reading “A Million Wild Acres” by Eric Rolls. In that account of the discovery and settling of the Liverpool Ranges west of Tamworth, NSW, he came upon the story of The Breelong Blacks; Jimmy Governor, his brother Joe and Jacky Underwood and their killing spree around the turn of the last century. (Thomas Keneally wrote “The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith” about the same story). Rolls' telling of the story seemed more balanced than Andy remembered Keneally’s being. He seemed to find a real understanding of Jimmy’s plight whilst maintaining a balanced view of the horror of his actions and Andy became obsessed with the story. It turned into the song he and Syd wrote: “Breelong Black”

Andy’s third album “The Reverent Jorfy - Live” was a live recording of the tour Syd Green, Tania Bowra and he undertook in support of “The Reverent Jorfy”. The tour took them through NSW, South Australia, Regional Victoria and Melbourne and back to Kangaroo Valley.

Andy was a finalist in 2 categories at the MusicOz awards 2013 and a grand finalist for World/Folk genre.

In November 2013 Syd Green and Andy recorded an EP, “Black Sea” and in March 2014 he then travelled to New York and played four shows there including a show at The American Folk Art Museum with Syd and fellow expat Dominique Fraissard. There is a clip of a song from “Black Sea” titled Amandine which was inspired by a writing trip to Paris in September 2013. The clip features footage of the Folk Art Museum show and their trip down Columbus Avenue to get to the show. Australians loose in New York City.

New Albion is the song cycle devised in response to the first five years of the New South Wales colony. This new album explores the first contact between the Kameygal, Cammeraigal and the Gadigal people and the Europeans of the first fleet. A time of unprecedented hope and goodwill on all sides, a better world before smallpox decimated the Sydney population and before Arthur Phillip's commission was complete and he returned to England. Andy is playing shows based on this new song cycle with the incredibly talented John Kane from Flying Emus.

Andy was a finalist again in 2016 at the MusicOz awards and travelled to Canada for the Folk Music Ontario Conference. He is a member of Folk Alliance International, Folk Music Ontario, the Americana Music Association and the Americana Music Association of Australia. Andy is influenced by the west texan sound of Buddy Miller and the honesty of Mary Gauthier.


Other reviews are available
on the interweb
here is a selection.

“Andy Gordon’s new album, New Albion, benefits in equal measure from his songwriter’s craft as well as (Syd) Green’s ‘MonoNest sound’. Gordon has constructed a series of songs conceptually linked around the early settlement of Sydney – and the interaction with the Indigenous Australians of the region – and Green, through sound-shaping and his usual simpatico meshing with Gordon’s songs, has given them the perfect setting and atmosphere. The result is very real and very beautiful. The songs have a depth brought about by Gordon’s respectful research, they also have a breadth which comes purely from Gordon’s big-hearted song craft”.
John Hardaker, (The Orange Press).

“Operating in the netherworld between ethereal and rootsy country-folk music and the dreamy and hypnotic realm that Neil Young’s Dead Man inhabits, Gordon’s New Albion requires time and attention to discover the subtlety and grace which make up some of the album’s finest qualities”.
Doubtful Sounds, 20 Favourite AUS and NZ Americana Albums (Post To Wire).

“Black Sea feels like friendly company. His moody voice fills space and leaks into the ears of the listener like the sweet words of a trusted friend. One who understands and repeats your words back in his eloquent style. Listeners will hold onto Black Sea once they hear it, wishing that the too short six songs would somehow become twelve. Comforting and stylistically vast, misery will like Black Sea for company and so will several other emotions”.
Sarah Pritchard, (Alternative Media Group).

"...uniformly strong, he may have invented a whole new genre: architectural acoustic"
Jeff Apter, (Sydney Morning Herald).

“...woody, warm performances, a sublime collection of acoustic flavoured songs that all seem wise beyond their years – sympathetically recorded and produced by Syd Green, a producer who always seems to get it so right”.
John Hardaker, (MegaphoneOz).



Sun 20 January 2019, 2.00 - 2.30 pm
Tamworth, NSW Tamworth Country Music Festival
Sider Diner at City Sider Motor Inn, 237 Marius Street, Tamworth, NSW, Storytellers Session


Sun 22 April 2018, 3.00 - 7.00 pm
Kangaroo Valley, NSW Upper Kangaroo River Hall
1007 Upper Kangaroo River Road, NSW, with John Kane and special guests; Corin Raymond, Scott Cook and others. Tickets

Previous Years Shows

2016 Shows

Thur 4 August 2016, 7.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Marrickville, NSW Gasoline Pony
115 Marrickville Road, Marrickville, with Steph Miller and Mark Lucas.

Sun 14 August 2016, 3.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Kangaroo Valley, NSW Homegrown@TheARTSLAB Upper River Hall
1009 Upper Kangaroo River Rd, Upper Kangaroo River with John Kane, Danny Ross (single launch), Jeremy Butterworth and Baxter Stone, $30 adult / $15 under 18s.

North America and Canada Tour 2016

Fri 19 August 2016, 6.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Hollywood, CA House Concert at Carl's Cosy Comfortable Corner Cafe
PM for details, Hollywood, Los Angeles CA, with Brigitte Purdy, Joseph Eid, Barry Keenan, Sean Roberts, Leighanne Davies and Diego Garcia.

Sun 21 August 2016, 2.00 pm
Los Angeles, CA Chords and Vines, LA Talk Radio with Kat Ellis
LA Talk Radio, CA, Radio interview.

Mon 22 August 2016, Times TBC
North Hollywood, CA Kulak's Woodshed
5230 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, CA.

Sat 27 August 2016, Times TBC
Snoqualmie, WA EstebFest 2016, Fall City Estate Vineyard
Snoqualmie, WA, with Dominique Fraissard.

Sun 28 August 2016, 5.00 pm
Victoria, BC House Concert
PM for details, Victoria, BC, with Dominique Fraissard and Morgan Alexander.

Wed 31 August 2016, Doors 8.00pm Show 9.00pm
Vancouver, BC Slickity Jim's at Skinny Fat Jack's
3475 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, with Dominique Fraissard.

Thu 1 September 2016, 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Chilliwack, BC Tractorgrease Cafe
48710 Chilliwack Lake Road, Chilliwack, BC, with Dominique Fraissard.

Sat 3 September 2016, 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Kamloops, BC The Art We Are
246 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC, with Dominique Fraissard.

Wed 7 September 2016, 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Revelstoke, BC House Concert
PM for details, Revelstoke, BC, with Dominique Fraissard.

Thu 8 September 2016, 7.00pm
Golden, BC House Concert
tickets and info: Bacchus Books and Cafe, Golden, BC, with Dominique Fraissard.

Fri 9 September 2016, 8.00pm - 11.00pm
Fernie, BC Infinitea T-Bar and Boutique
501 1st Avenue, Fernie, BC, with Dominique Fraissard.

Sun 11 September 2016, 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Kaslo, BC House Concert
PM for detalis, Kaslo, BC, with Dominique Fraissard.

Thu 15 September 2016, 8.00pm - 8.45pm
Brooklyn, NY The Way Station
683 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY with Ivan Polanco, The Waysties and Zigadoo Moneyclips

Australia 2016

Thu 13 October 2016, 7.00pm - 11.00pm
Petersham, NSW Petersham Bowling Club
Porch Light Sessions: with Dave Calandra and Peta & Wolf, 77 Brighton Street, Petersham NSW with John Kane, $10 entry

Fri 11 November 2016, 8.45pm - 9.30pm
Major's Creek, NSW Major's Creek Festival - Dirty Butter Friday
Dirty Butter Cafe, Major's Creek, NSW with John Kane

Sat 12 November 2016, 2.00pm - 2.45pm
Major's Creek, NSW Major's Creek Festival - Pub Saturday
Majors Creek Hotel, Major's Creek, NSW with John Kane

Sat 12 November 2016, 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Major's Creek, NSW Major's Creek Festival - Main Saturday Night
Main Stage, Major's Creek, NSW with John Kane

2017 Shows

Fri 17 February 2017, Times TBC
Wollongong, NSW Illawarra Folk Club
City Diggers, cnr Church and Burelli Streets, Wollongong, NSW with John Kane

Fri 14 April 2017, 8.30 - 9.20 pm
Canberra, ACT National Folk Festival
Majestic, National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT with John Kane and Syd Green

Sat 15 April 2017, 2.10 pm onwards
Canberra, ACT National Folk Festival - Infinite Song Contest
Marquee, National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT with John Kane and Syd Green

Sat 15 April 2017, 10.00 - 10.50 pm
Canberra, ACT National Folk Festival
Scrumpy, National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT with John Kane and Syd Green

Sun 16 April 2017, 10.00 - 10.50 am
Canberra, ACT National Folk Festival
Marquee, National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT with John Kane and Syd Green

Mon 17 April 2017, 10.00 - 11.30 am
Canberra, ACT National Folk Festival presents New Albion
Trocadero, National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT, "New Albion" with John Kane and Syd Green

Sun 18 June 2017, 2.00 - 4.30 pm
Bundanoon, NSW Bundanoon House Concerts
Bundanoon, NSW, with John Kane, contact us for details

Sat 1 July 2017, 8.00 - 11.00 pm
Glebe, NSW Staves Brewery
Staves Brewery, 4-8 Grose Street, Glebe, NSW, with Mark Lucas and special guest

Sun 6 August 2017, 3.00 - 5.00 pm
Millthorpe, NSW Acoustic Sundays
Millthorpe Bowling Club, Elliott Street, Millthorpe, NSW, with John Kane

Sun 24 Sept 2017, 6.00 - 6.30 pm
Kiama, NSW Folk By The Sea presents New Albion
Kiama Bowling Club, Folk By The Sea, Kiama, NSW, "New Albion, free entry"

Fri 20 Oct 2017, 4.00 pm - 4.45 pm
Kangaroo Valley, NSW Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
Marquee, Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Kangaroo Valley, NSW, "New Albion" with John Kane

Sat 21 Oct 2017, 10.45 am - 11.30 am
Kangaroo Valley, NSW Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
Hall, Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Kangaroo Valley, NSW, "New Albion" with John Kane

Sat 21 Oct 2017, 7.45 pm - 8.30 pm
Kangaroo Valley, NSW Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
Tantric Turtle, Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Kangaroo Valley, NSW, "New Albion" with John Kane

Sun 22 Oct 2017, 9.30 am - 10.30 am
Kangaroo Valley, NSW Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
Pony Club, Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Kangaroo Valley, NSW, Workshop - "Turning History into Song"

Fri 27 Oct 2017, Times TBA
Dorrigo, NSW Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival
Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo, NSW, "New Albion" with John Kane

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Copyright 2014 Andy Gordon by Vishal Thakur

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