29th May 2015
Friday 29 May
8pm (doors 7.45pm)
Freddie White has been part of the fabric of the live music scene in Ireland since the 1970’s. Born in Cobh, County Cork into a musical family, by age thirteen Freddie was playing in school bands and by seventeen playing professionally. At nineteen, he moved to London, where he busked in subways, and developed his unique voice and guitar style.
In 1974, he was a founding member of ‘Scullion’, together with Philip King and Sonny Condell. Later he formed ‘The Fake’, regarded as one of the seminal Irish bands of the late ‘70’s. Next came The Freddie White Band formed in 1978, which toured with Eric Clapton that year.
His first album, Live on Tour, recorded by Nicky Ryan while touring with Clannad, brought him national attention. His second album, Do You Do, was the biggest selling Mulligan Label album of 1981. With these early albums, Freddie introduced an eclectic repertoire of music, which spanned musical genres and eras, to an Irish audience.
Long Distance Runner was launched in 1985, and ‘My Country’ was released in Ireland in 1999. In 2002 the 2-CD set Lost and Found was released, comprising digitally re-mastered versions of two of Freddie's best selling early albums, albums, namely, Live on Tour and Do You Do, under the watchful eye of original producer PJ Curtis. The re-release was warmly welcomed not only by the many whose original vinyl copies had long since worn out, but also by those who delighted in discovering these classic recordings.
In 2004, Freddie White returned to Ireland after many years living in the USA and released an all-new studio album entitled Four Days in May. Recorded in Dublin with some of Ireland's finest musicians over a four-day period, it showcases Freddie's songwriting prowess and unerring choice of songs worthy of remarkable reinterpretation. Since then he has regularly toured Ireland and Europe and also dedicated himself to the development of his latest recording, collaborating with songwriters Jimmy MacCarthy and Jim Barrett. Released in 2008, Stormy Lullaby, is a stunning collection of moody tracks in which Freddie White’s musicianship and voice shine through. He has once again teamed up with his old cohort DanDan Fitzgerald to produce this gem. The album has an acoustic feel thanks to the input of a small, tight group of musicians from his native Cork.
His keen ear for quality songs, undisputed talent for interpretation and exemplary songwriting skills, stand out in his most intimate offering. Here With You, released in April 2012 introduces Freddie’s wife, Trish Hickey and is a collection of songs from some of their favourite writers. The album was recorded in Ireland and Australia. Freddie latest album Better Days, is a collection of ten original songs, all but one was written in 2014 by Freddie and Trish. The album was recorded in Sydney, Australia where they now live.
“I could list the entire set list to be honest because such is the magnitude of the man’s level of performance that it is simply an engaging night end to end at a Freddie White concert”. Irish News Review.