Andy is a Belfast-born Melbourne-based singer-songwriter, record producer and academic, lecturing in Melbourne Polytechnic's unique Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production music artist degree. With twenty internationally-released albums, his ongoing creative practice means hands-on experience of the contemporary music industry plus deep knowledge of the support networks surrounding music artists.
Andy brings creative and practical skills to the degree along with techniques and strategies from his long international career and ongoing engagement with the local music industry. He has written with indie artists and rock stars, played all kinds of venues from folk clubs to the Royal Albert Hall and festivals from Port Fairy to Glastonbury. He has recorded for DIY labels and been signed to major labels.
Andy brings this breadth of experience into the classroom, along with a positivity and enthusiasm he believes encourages the best outcomes in creative and academic work.
Andy has a variety of methods for engaging his students. Strategies for making. Breaking old habits and developing new ones. Experimenting with freedom and constraint. Learning from histories of songwriting and music production in order to find your own voice:
“By enrolling for the course, however experienced or inexperienced you may be, you have committed to creative practice and will start building a collection of songs and recordings almost immediately.”
Andy is passionate about imparting knowledge and skills - and hearing the results. He knows that the contemporary music industry needs degree courses such as this one – as much as students need the course in order to have time to develop their potential as music artists. Seeing this potential fulfilled is central to Andy's love of teaching.
Andy completed a Master of Arts at the University of Cambridge before embarking upon his musical career. His discography includes twenty internationally-released albums and his bibliography includes two books of poetry and a novel. Andy’s ongoing practice includes producing local indie bands and touring internationally to promote regular album releases. He is currently enrolled in a practice-based PhD at the University of Tasmania, in which his research combines all aspects of his creativity – songwriting, production and literary writing.
HQ Irish Music Hall of Fame
1993 - Hot Press Irish Songwriter of the Year