Andy Laking is a songwriter and co-founder of the the award winning
Irish group, Gráda.
His debut solo album, Here by the Fire was recorded in New Zealand and
features a number of notable guest musicians, including Crowded House
session drummer Riki Gooch; Greg Liszt, of the Bruce Springsteen band on
banjo; and Toby Laing, trumpeter with Fat Freddy’s Drop.
“Andy Laking plays some of the better folk music I have heard recently. He succeeds in setting a
pace where you await every lyric while the ringing
acoustic guitar phrases usher you along. I think folk fans tired of indie rock
or Americana crossover would really enjoy this record. Rock fans that want a
folk break would take to this one as well.” [David Hintz, Folkworld]
“Sit back in front of an open fire with a glass of red wine in hand, your record player set to long play,
and let the album take you away.” [Markus Dehn, Folker Magazine]