“Andrew Howie belongs in that small band of clever singer-songwriters who write sharp, beautiful songs (Ed Harcourt, David Ford, Tom Macrae to name a few)…”
– Scottish Sunday Express
“…nothing short of brilliantly absorbing…”
– Is This Music?
“The tones he generates over the entire tape are gorgeous, angelic, fragile, ready to wisp away when you’re not paying attention.”
– Cassette Gods
Andrew Howie (ex-Calamateur) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer & prison/school/community group music tutor who has been writing, recording and releasing his own music for over 17 years. He combines confessional & empathetic lyricism with acoustic instruments, noisy electronics & ambient textures to create introspective, hook-laden songs about uncertainty, doubt & love. You’ll usually find him either holed up in his home studio or playing in your living room.
From 2000 – 2013 he made a vast amount of music under the name Calamateur, releasing 5 albums and several EPs, singles and mini-albums, while receiving a good deal of radio play and critical acclaim along the way. You can find all the music he made as Calamateur here.
His 2015 album The Great Divide was the first to be released under his own name. It retained many of the characteristics of his work as Calamateur (guitar-based songs submersed in other-wordly electronica) but was a huge step-forward in terms of songwriting and production.
Since then he’s released the Victory EP, Scars Are Like A Beacon (an ambient reworking of The Great Divide), I Can Sing A Rainbow (another ambient album), Lonely Hummingbird (a collection of co-writes with American songwriters, including Rebecca Pronsky, Denison Witmer & Amy Allison) and Solo Guitar Loops 1 (a collection of improvised electric guitar pieces).
Andrew regularly performs intimate acoustic live gigs, often in the form of house concerts.
His recent live and recorded collaborations have involved work with Scottish collective The Grand Gestures, Jo Mango, Louis Abbot (Admiral Fallow), Iain Morrison, Yvonne Lyon, Kim Edgar, Steve Lawson, Rachel Sermanni and David Scott (The Pearlfishers).
His music has been used in BBC Three drama Lip Service, as well as in several short films. He has completed several songwriting commissions, including work for Vox Liminis, The Falkirk Music Pot Project, Blythswood Trust and Inverness Old Town Art. As part of IOTA’s Street Texts project, the lyrics to one of his songs were permanently inscribed into a paving stone in one of the city’s main streets.
Andrew is also in demand as a songwriting and music tutor. Having gained an MA in Songwriting and Performance (made possible after winning The Gerry Rafferty scholarship) and a BA in Popular Music, he has worked with several schools, prisons and youth organisations throughout Central Scotland. You can read more about this here.