Andy was brought up on music – from folk and jazz to baroque string quartets, and this is reflected in his broad range of styles. He has written songs and tunes that borrow from the traditions of England, Scotland, the Appalachians and the American South. His key influences include Richard Thompson, Isaac Guillory, and the great wordsmiths like Paul Simon and Al Stewart.
Whether it’s a humorous rag-time song like ‘Incompatibility Rag’, the more English feel of ‘Bound Away’ or ‘Journeyman Traveller’, the songs are clearly individual, observational and entertaining, and the tunes are instant earworms. His ballads tell of friendships, loves and lives lost and won, often with a musical or lyrical twist – the song tells a story as it should.
Apart from solo acoustic performances and the electrified, and electrifying, appearances of his band Borrowed Light, he has also contributed vocals, a solid rhythm guitar and harmonies to a number of bands including Lazlo’s Diary, Apperknowle Steam Band, various Ceilidh bands and most recently Black Velvet Band.
His voice has been likened to that of a chorister with a 40-a-day habit – at once sweet and rough – and his guitar work can include complex finger-picking or strong rhythmic strumming according to the needs of the song.
‘Andy Gibson is one of the most accomplished and eclectic singer-songwriters you could ever hope to hear, in the true grain of Folk music. Whether entertaining with a rousing chorus or tripping deftly through one of his own thoughtful songs, Andy’s gigs are always focused and memorable. Do not miss a chance to meet the man and his music. I guarantee you will go home humming his songs.’