Andrew Marshall is an Australian songwriter and performer. He began singing upon exit from the womb and spent his teens playing trumpet in orchestras before nurturing a love for the acoustic guitar at university. Andrew spent much of his 20s abroad, with Canada, the UK and South Africa inspiring him personally as much as musically. Melbourne was Andrew’s homeplace until relocating to the rolling hills of Devon, South West England in 2007, and then to the island state of Tasmania in 2009. Andrew is now settled along the Tasmanian coast, about 15km south of Hobart.
Review by Sauce Magazine Tasmania
“He reminds me of a late John Lennon, in his solo years. His voice is wonderful and tells a story with every song. Andrew also plays the didgeridoo during his sets, this breaks it up and separates him from other similar artists. A great set by a great talent.”
‘Thylacine’ by Steve Kilbey & Gareth Koch
Andrew plays didgeridoo on the song ‘Thylacine’ by Steve Kilbey and Gareth Koch, on their collaborative album Chryse Planitia. In addition to didgeridoos (also provided by Ron Nagorcka), the album features lush orchestrations, guitars, keyboards, kankles, percussion, bells, drums and more. Applauded by Backseat Mafia as “a delightful musical trip from musicians outstanding in their respective fields yet even more perfect when weaved together”.
‘The Stagehands’ by Hannah May and Andrew Marshall
‘The Stagehands’ was a Tasmanian musical project created by Hobart musicians Hannah May and Andrew Marshall back in 2009. Hannah and Andrew entertained audiences around Tasmania for about five years. Recorded at the Moonah Arts Centre on 2 May 2014, this live concert typifies the intimacy and creativity of their performances together.
Mainly Fine was a Melbourne-based ensemble that mainly jammed, occasionally recorded and thrice performed between 2003 and 2007. Infused with elements of jazz, folk, and that other style you can’t quite put your finger on, Mainly Fine’s formidable sound landed them a spot on Monash University’s 2004 compilation album Diyorama (‘Fighting It Out’).
Collaboration with Kellie Cox
Kellie Cox is a British composer, arranger and songwriter. Her work ranges from instrumental pieces and songwriting to piano solos and choral writing, reflecting the many different styles which have influenced her since childhood, from classical music to jazz, pop and rock.
Biography by Georgia Clark
Andrew Marshall’s earthy fusion of roots, folk, indie and rock have been receiving radio airplay in Australia and the UK since his debut album, Refuge, was released in 2008. With creative instrumentation and stirring vocals, Andrew Marshall draws his audience in. Andrew’s years of writing experience have won him numerous finalist placings in the Australian Songwriting Contest (ASA) and Musicoz Awards.
Andrew has released The Live Collection, Set 1: Live from Melbourne, which captures the intimacy of his live performance. Recorded on location at the Vibe on Smith, this album presents songs from Refuge, including ‘Summer Days’ and ‘Beautiful’, while also showcasing new material. ‘Bartholomew’s Bed’ and ‘Charley’ will be familiar to local audiences, highlighting Andrew’s skilled lyrical storytelling and warm acoustic guitar melodies.
Growing up in Melbourne, Andrew was singing Beatles hits from a young age, finally embracing acoustic guitar as a 17 year old. Moving to the UK in 2007 allowed Andrew to perform live, resulting in the release of his first album, Refuge. Andrew’s songs have rung out in a wide range of venues, from UK and Australian festivals to intimate live radio gigs and vineyards, building his profile and growing fan base since he returned to Australia in 2009. Andrew is inspired by a diverse range of artists including Mark Seymour and Pete Murray, Shawn Mullins, U2 and Silverchair.
Andrew’s live sets reflect his deep affection and respect for the Australian environment which is influenced by his travels and evidenced by the use of his didgeridoo on stage, resulting in a developing and expanding suite of songs. Andrew has now released his second studio album, A Finer State Of Mind, complemented by international collaborations with Mia Palencia (Malaysia), Kellie Cox (UK), Matt Palmer (UK), Peter McIntosh (Aus) and Hannah May Bartle (Aus).
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