“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 world needs mavericks like Calamateur… this latest offering is typically brimming with invention and considerable skill… it’s utterly engaging and heartfelt…”
– The List
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. You can buy it here and read the press release here.
“Howie’s rich and warm vocals are the standout feature of the album, nestling comfortably on top of sparse acoustic guitars and modest electro twitches and tweaks. It’s an album that feels pretty comfortable and confident in its own skin… there’s a lot to like on The Great Divide…there’s talent on show here and if you like taking things at a slower pace, you’ll find plenty to be pleased with this album.”
– Is This Music?
The first single taken from the album, The Fury And The Sound (a co-write with Yvonne Lyon) was played by Roddy Hart, Tom Morton and Janice Forsyth on Radio Scotland. Iain Anderson also played ‘Victory’, another track from the album, on his show.
He followed this up with the Victory EP, a four-song collection which incorporated the title track (taken from The Great Divide), a remix of The Fury And The Sound, an instrumental guitar piece, and a cover of J.D. Souther’s Jesus is 3/4 Time.
His next release was Scars Are Like A Beacon, a completely instrumental re-imagining of The Great Divide, which demonstrated Andrew’s ability to step outside of standard singer-songwriter territory into the altogether riskier worlds of ambient, noise and drone music.
“Howie has repurposed his initial inspirations into tracks that beg a deep listen. No small sound is wasted, and the flow between passive and active pieces is perfectly managed. A solid release I’ll be coming back to often.”
His latest album is Lonely Hummingbird, a collection of 10 brand new songs co-written with 5 songwriters from the USA: Rebecca Pronsky, Amy Allison, Steve Taylor, Denison Witmer, Andy Zipf and Bill DeMain. Part road-trip journal, part academic exercise and part collaborative experiment, this new record is Andrew’s strongest offering yet. You can read more about it here.
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 recently 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.