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Andrew Neil

Sustaining a head injury in a car accident in Apr 2009 changed Andrew Neil’s life. Shortly after the accident he had his first Psychotic episode and his troubles began. However…another element entered his life after the head injury….that was Music. In the fall of 2009, Andrew started writing songs on the keyboard without ever having any music training. In Apr 2010, he picked up a guitar for the 1st time and taught himself to play enough to begin writing songs. Since the accident, Andrew has struggled with depression, Bi-polar disorder, but music gave him a source of inspiration, hope and purpose. He has written nearly 400 songs. His songs reflect his struggles with themes of loneliness, loss, abandonment, and past loves, yet in many of the songs there is this glimmer of hope that seems to seep through the melancholy lyrics. In Jul 2013, an incident occurred during a bad Psychotic episode which landed him in a jail cell for 8 months. He was committed to a State Hospital for three years. During the first year and a half of his hospitalization time he wrote numerous journals of poetry and wrote and recorded over 75 songs in his hospital room. Although not perfect recordings, he is able to convey the general idea of the interesting structure and unique melodies. His songs provide a window into his very soul, yet they are very relatable to many who listen. There is a wonderful raw, unpolished innocence in his writing. His Lyrics, at first were generally melancholy, reflecting the realities of living w/ severe depression. During the last months of his hospitalization, his lyrics still had that melancholy feel….but began to take on a more positive and upbeat tone. It is a selection of these current songs that he will be playing at the festival. Andrew Neil evokes a distinct style and sound, yet one can hear subtle influences of artists like Kurt Cobain, Elliot Smith, Nick Drake and Donovan, as well as outsider artists like Daniel Johnston, Syd Barrett (After Pink Floyd), and Michael Hurley. Some have referred to his raw style as Outsider Grunge Folk.