1985 First EP ‘Religious Persuasion’ released (Stiff Records)
Enters UK independent charts and reaches number 3.
1986 First album ‘Rave On Andy White’ released (Decca Records)
Album describes growing up during troubled 70s and 80s Belfast.
Melody Maker review – “Yer man’s a genius”.
Support tour of UK and Ireland with Van Morrison.
1987 ‘Rave On Andy White’ released in USA (MCA)
First US tour, supported by favourable ‘Rolling Stone’ review and college radio chart action.
1988 Second album ‘Kiss The Big Stone’ released (Decca) describing first explorations abroad – America and western Europe.
Support tour of UK with Clannad.
1989 Moves back from London to Northern Ireland. Writes third album based on experience of moving away from London and back to his roots.
1990 ‘Himself’ released (Cooking Vinyl)
Front cover of UK magazine ‘Folk Roots’.
Invited by Berlin Political Song Festival to represent Northern Ireland at first festival since fall of the Berlin Wall.
Tours Czechoslovakia following Velvet Revolution as guest of student union in Olomouc.
1991 Moves from Belfast to Dublin, signed up by Warner Music Ireland.
1992 ‘Out There’ released, depicting Andy’s travels in America and Eastern Europe. Wins Irish Times Album of the Year.
Andy wins Hot Press Songwriter Of The Year Award.
Plays Glastonbury Festival for the third time.
1993 Records version of ‘Religious Persuasion’ for the Peace Together album and concert with Sinead O’Connor.
1994 Release of ‘Destination Beautiful’
Album themes include becoming a father, and the changes already evident in post-Communist Europe.
Forms ALT with Tim Finn and Liam O Maonlai. Records album in Tim’s studio, Melbourne, Australia.
1995 ALT album ‘Altitude’ released by EMI, followed by world tour including appearances at Glastonbury Festival, London Fleadh, Lorelei Germany and WOMAD Australia.
Live ALT album recorded at the Continental Café, Melbourne and released on their own ALT Recordings label.
Co-writes ‘Whole Thing’ with Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger, Tim Finn, Geoffrey Oryema.
1996 Andy records new solo album produced by Simon Polinski (The Church, Yothu Yindi), Kim Fowley (The Byrds) and John Leckie (Pink Floyd, Radiohead).
‘Teenage’ marks a return to Cooking Vinyl and is seen as a return to his acoustic folk pop roots.
1997 Embarks on his most comprehensive touring schedule so far including a triumphant appearance on the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury Festival.
Co-writes ‘Mary Of The South Seas’ with Neil and Tim Finn for the EMI compilation album ‘Common Ground’.
1998 Andy makes his first solo appearance at WOMAD, in Singapore.Winnipeg and Calgary Folk Festival bring him to Canada for the first of many tours.
National tour of USA supporting Mary Black.
Best of album ‘andywhite.compilation’ released (Cooking Vinyl)
Influential UK music magazine MOJO comments “…from rage to sage, it’s not too late to discover one of our best kept secrets”.
ALT reform to tour Japan in December.
1999 Lagan Press publish collection of Andy’s complete poetry and lyrics to date entitled ‘The Music Of What Happens’.
Cooking Vinyl reissue ‘Rave On Andy White’ and ‘Kiss The Big Stone’.
Andy plays WOMAD UK mainstage, also WOMAD USA and Edmonton Folk Festival, Canada.
Records live performance album – songs and poetry – in Real World Studios for Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD Select label
2000 WOMAD release ‘Speechless’ live performance album, and promote UK tour.
Andy co-writes ‘Coz I’m Free’ with Christine Anu for Cathy Freeman.
Christine Anu sings ‘Coz I’m Free’ at Sydney Paralympics closing ceremony.
Writes ‘Andy White’ album in Switzerland, and records the songs in Dublin with a group including members of Hothouse Flowers and David Gray’s band. John Leckie mixes.
2001 The self-titled album is released on ALT Recordings label,
Andy’s first independent release.
Extensive European tour.
2002 January – moves with family to Melbourne.
The ‘Andy White’ album reissued on UK independent label Floating World through Evangeline/Universal.
Co-writes ‘If I Catch You Crying’ with Stephen Fearing for release in Canada by Blackie & The Rodeo Kings.
2003 January - records new studio album with ALT engineer Simon Polinski.
March - plays WOMAD Australia for first time solo, and the inaugural WOMAD New Zealand at Mount Taranaki, New Zealand.
September - ‘Boy 40’ released on Floating World in Europe.
October-December, European tour
2004 ‘Boy 40’ released in Australia on ALT Recordings.
The Age comments “You can follow the road leading through Andy White’s records. You can often see the stars, sometimes smell the incense, almost always feel a gentle but firm nudge towards spiritual transcendence. The magic of ordinary moments looms large on his new album ... in crystal-clear images. As a poetic document of one man’s journey, Boy 40 is a direct successor to Teenage, but with White’s sense of innocence tempered by new more worldly and adult concerns.”
2005 Andy writes new solo album ‘Garageband’ in Melbourne.
March - Australian roots label Laughing Outlaw release rarities and B-sides collection ‘Rare’.
July - plays WOMAD UK, musical directing the gala finale featuring stars of world music in front of 15,000 people.
August - records ‘Garageband’ at Real World Studios with John Leckie producing.
2006 Andy completes recording of ‘Garageband’ in Australia and returns to Italy where John Leckie mixes the album at Luciano Ligabue’s Zoo Studio.
Produces & mixes Dutch group Wenne
‘Garageband’ released October 30 on Floating World in Europe
Q Magazine writes ““Plenty of big rock moments here. White’s Australian residency hasn’t changed him over the years. Having the album mixed by John Leckie (producer of Radiohead’s The Bends) adds anthemic choruses to his raggle-taggle moves.”
10 poems from ‘The Music of What Happens’ included in ‘Magnetic North’ (Verbal Arts Press, UK)
2007 February – ‘Garageband’ released in Australia.
March-April – North America, European tour
Produces Italian rock group The Teachers
June – writing in Melbourne
October – UK & European tour
December – Woodford Festival, QLD, Australia
14 poems from ‘The Music Of What Happens’ included in ‘The New North’(Wake Forest Press, USA)
2008 February - official showcase at Folk Alliance, Memphis, TN
Mixes new album in Vancouver, Canada.
Performs first album ‘Rave On Andy White’ at the Cathredral Quarter Festival, Belfast, with Rod McVey and sister Cathy White
Produces Jodie O’Callaghan in Reading, UK
Songwriting tutor at WOMAD Summer School, Bath, UK
North American tour including Salmon Arm Roots Festival, BC
KUNI broadcast live concert from Iowa City
European tour October-December
2009 January - ‘Garageband’ released in North America on Wildflower Records
March - official showcase at South by South West music conference, Austin Texas
July - plays WOMAD Charlton Park, UK, and tutors WOMAD Summer School
Tutors UK Songwriting Festival, Bath Spa University
September - ‘Songwriter’ released in Europe, on Floating World
November - ‘21st Century Troubadour’ published by Lagan Press.