...a brief history
In Ireland, where he has won just about every award
going, Freddie White is something of a legend. He was a founding
member of Scullion, later he formed The Fake, regarded
as one of the seminal Irish bands of the late 70šs. Next came The
Freddie White Band, which toured with Eric Clapton on
his Irish Tour .
His first album, 'Live on Tour', recorded by Nicky
Ryan while Freddie toured with Clannad, brought him national
attention. His second album, 'Do You Do', was the biggest selling
Mulligan Label album of 1981.
'Long Distance Runner' in 1985, featured original
songs such as "Goodbye This Time", 'Down Without A Fight' and the
hit single 'Frozen Heart' co-written with Johnny Duhan. His
fourth album, 'Close To You' continued this trend, most of the songs
being Freddies own.
1994, he released Straight Up, fourteen songs recorded live
by Dan Fitzgerald. And now a new all original album, 'My
Country' recorded in Ireland, was released in 1999. A collection
of eleven songs co-written with Ann OšSullivan and based
on the poetry of Don OšSullivan. The album is co-produced
with Declan Sinnot, renowned for his work as producer and
arranger with Sinead Lohan, Frances Black and Mary
Black, and as lead guitarist with Horslips and Moving
Freddie White's popularity has endured for many
years and there is a very good reason why he delivers! He has
released seven albums to date to critical acclaim, but it is his
live performance that stuns. He can rock your socks off, bring tears
to your eyes with a ballad, or croon a jazz standard, all the while
giving this apparently diverse material a common thread.
One reviewer called Freddie a "musical chronicler
of the Twentieth Century". Even this is slightly out of step because
Freddie includes in his repertoire some folk music that dates back
beyond even that. And his brand new album of original material brings
him forward to the Twenty First!
This album "My Country" is regarded by many as his
best. But his fans have a great fondness of his earlier releases.
His first two albums, which have been unavailable for years (due
to contractual problems) are about to be re-released on CD.
"Freddie White has gathered around him as seriously
good a selection of songs as he's ever been privy to, and that's
saying something for a man who's kept company with the greats...
(this) looks like being his finest album in many years... songs
that are at times meditative, low down and funky, and refreshingly
reflective on matters that make others shuffle uncomfortably..."
- Hot Press June 23rd 1999
"The songs on this album range in mood from very
positive and upbeat to very tragic and tender. The song 'Brief Nameless
Treasure' is a breathtaking piece of songwriting... always been
seen as a very thoughtful, serious singer and writer and this album
adds to that impression." - Event Guide June 22nd 1999
"...a superb album that is wide ranging and complex...
'My Country' is quintessentially Freddie White. Those deep expressive
tones, the accomplished and always tasty guitar work. One can almost
feel his emotion throughout this odyssey of friendship and tribute.
Co-producer Declan Sinnott has done what he does best, coaxing the
very best out of Freddie, gently embellishing... or tastefully leaving
well enough alone..." - Echo June 1999