Upstairs At Dolans - Limerick, V94 VH4X, Ireland
Freddie White has long been synonymous with music of the highest quality. He has been part of the fabric of the live music scene in Ireland since the 1970âs and his albums continue to sell well, amongst his loyal and newfound fan base.Â Born in Cobh, Co. Cork into a musical family, by age 17 he was playing professionally. At 19, he moved to London, were he busked in subways, and developed his unique voice and guitar style.Â His earliest recordings, which were re-mastered and re-released in 2004, are still hugely popular among his loyal fan base.
âThe sparse and haunting âLive on Tourâ is still among the greatest Irish albums of all time.
âDo You Doâ swings and struts just as profoundly. Imagine those two cuts of vinyl made decade ago, they still stand as perfectionâ (Irish Times)
In 1974, he was a founding member of âScullionâ, together with Philip King and Sonny Condell. Later he formed âThe Fakeâ, regarded as one of the seminal Irish bands of the late â70âs. 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 it featured original songs such as âGoodbye This Timeâ, âDown Without A Fightâ, and the hit single âFrozen Heartâ, which was co-written with Johnny Duhan. His fourth album, âClose To Youâ continued this trend, with most of the songs self-penned. In 1994, he released âStraight Upâ, a collection of fourteen songs recorded live by DanDan Fitzgerald.
âMy Countryâ was released in Ireland in May 1999. A collection of eleven songs co-written with Ann OâSullivan and based on the poetry of Don OâSullivan. The album was co-produced by Freddie and Declan Sinnott, renowned for his work as producer and arranger with Sinead Lohan, Frances Black and Mary Black and as lead guitarist with Horslips and Moving Hearts.
In May 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.