Since her debut at the Mean Fiddler in London nearly 17 years ago, Andi has been described as having the subtlety of Suzanne Vega and Ani Difranco’s stage presence, together with her own distinctive vocal style. This year saw the release of her third solo album “Paper Animals”, which while retaining her unique charm and powerful melodies, promises to show a whole new dimension to Andi’s song writing.
Over the last couple of years, Andi has played memorable sets at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club (London), The Spiegel Tent (Edinburgh Fringe ) and Glastonbury Festival, supporting both Stephen Frost (whose line is it anyway) and Hazel O Connor.
She has also appeared at the Ullapool guitar Festival supporting John Renbourne, Issac Guillary and Clive Carrol, supported Wolfstone at the Eden Court Theatre (Inverness), Horse MacDonald at Celtic Connections and Grammy Nominee Eliza Gilkyson.
In the studio Andi has recorded with Irelands Mickey Harte and with The Bhundu Boys on a soon to be released CD.
As well as her own solo career Andi has played fiddle with Edinburgh band Salsa Celtica, appearing at events including The Cork Jazz Festival, The Tiblisi Arts Festival (Georgian Republic), Edinburgh’s Millennium Hogmanay Celebrations and the opening of the Royal Museum of Scotland. She also has worked on a number of different Theatre productions including The Edinburgh Lyceum’s “Comedy of Errors”, Stella Quine’s controversial production of “The Hang-mans reel”, and Donna Rutherford’s internationally acclaimed piece “The Whole Truth Nothing but The Truth”, which was performed, among other venues, at the Royal Court Theatre in London.
Last year held many exciting new adventures for Andi. As well as her annual visit to Glastonbury Festival, and reappearance at the vibrant and expanding fourth Prague Fringe Festival, Andi headed over to the Falkland Islands for her first performance in the Southern Hemisphere.
In July, she flew to Italy to perform at the Kals’art Arts Festival, Palermo, Sicily, and October saw her arrival in Canada for a tour of Ontario.
Andi Neate is a singer/songwriter of exceptional talent, with a powerful voice, a gift for melody and a memorably quirky turn of phrase. She is a compelling live performer, who has been compared with Suzanne Vega, Ani Difranco and Tori Amos.
Andi does not easily fit into established categories, but draws on a wide range of influences from folk to rock to jazz. She has recorded with the Bhundu Boys and Ireland’s chart topping Mickey Harte and supported Rab Noakes, John Renbourne, Grammy nominee Eliza Gilkyson, Wolfstone and Horse MacDonald and shared a stage with KT Tunstall. She appears regularly at UK festivals, including Glastonbury, Cambridge Fringe Festival, Wickerman, Solfest and The Famous Spiegeltent. Her music has taken her as far afield as Canada, Sicily, Prague and the Falkland Islands.
Andi has released four solo albums, including her most recent, Lion Taming for Astronauts (2007). Recorded live at Edinburgh’s Bongo Club, it features four brand new songs – Rocketship, Love As If, Home and Tales from the Circus – and a selection of favourites from her three previous recordings. Expect musical sparks and powerful soaring vocals when you jump aboard the rocket ship with this star in the making!
A woman of many talents and formidable determination, Andi once spent 3 years building her own house completely from scratch. And she can rustle up a paper frog or a dolphin in seconds!
Andi can be booked as a solo artist (with acoustic guitar) or as the Andi Neate Band (inc keyboards, dbl bass, backing vox).
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Congratulations to singer/songwriter Andi Neate – announced as one of 12 finalists in Burnsong Gathering 2007, the national competition set up to find and promote the best new songwriting talent in Scotland . The prize includes a week-long residency to work on her song, Home, with industry professionals, and a performance slot at The Big Gig (at the new BBC HQ, Pacific Quay, Glasgow) on 30 Nov.
Hundreds of entries were received for The Gathering 2007, from people of all ages and differing musical styles from across Scotland. The panel of judges included Ronnie Gurr former head of A&R at V2 records, singer-songwriter Karine Polwart, music journalist Tim Barr, Head of Radio at BBC Scotland Jeff Zycinski and other experts in their fields in the music industry. Burnsong was created by Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association, an independent arts development agency serving south west Scotland . The project is funded by the Scottish Executive, Scottish Arts Council and supported by media partner BBC Radio Scotland.