By Angela Norval
The momentum is building with one show already sold out, and performer Andrew Swift can’t wait to give audiences the spectacular show they have been waiting for – one they will never forget as he presents his Head Full of Honey tour to Bundaberg.
Held at Oodies Cafe in North Bundaberg, the Thursday 9 March show was so popular Andrew announced a second show on Wednesday 10 March and he can’t wait to hit Bundaberg.
Having just celebrated 20 years since his first ever gig, Andrew laughed that it was as cliche as it gets first time around.
“I first performed in the corner of a little Italian restaurant for a free pizza and tips on Valentine’s Day in 2001,” he said.
“Even though I’ve been at it a while, I feel like I only really started to find my musical feet in 2015.
“I had started writing and teaching myself how to play guitar and sing when I was about 16.
“I found music to be a great way for me to express myself, I was suffering from depression at the time and I found that giving myself goals to reach with music was a huge help to me.”
He set his sights high considering some of his musical influences include Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, The Steeldrivers, Van Morrison, Crowded House and Jenny Morris.
Now considered a country music artist, with some blues, rock and even a few pop influences that come through, it is interesting to know that back in the day, Andrew used to play in a pop punk band.
“My style has definitely evolved over the years,” he said.
“I think I fought the whole country music thing for years, I was ignorant to it, but I’ve never been happier and felt more at home than I do now that I’ve embraced it.”
Audiences at Oodies Cafe will have the joy of hearing Andrew’s stories because he loves nothing more than connecting with an audience. Intimate shows are his favourite so there’s always plenty of storytelling and laughs.
“I love that people listen, not only to the songs, but also to the stories and banter in between at Oodies Cafe,” he said.
“Suzy, Scott and the crew have really managed to create a fantastic atmosphere in a listening room environment.
“After last year my focus really is to get back out on the road, I’ve got a new album coming out this year and I can’t wait to start playing those songs.
“After that, I dare say I’ll be back in the studio working on the next one.”
Until then Andrew has a full tour to share from Bundaberg all the way through to Ballina in New South Wales.
For more information on this two-time 2019 CMAA Golden Guitar Winner and official ambassador of the Dog on the Tuckerbox, visit his website at www.andrewswift.com.au.