Andrew Handrick | The True Riches Of Life

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The True Riches Of Life

by Andrew Handrick

Folk/Rock/Pop/Singer/Songwriter, melodic with literate lyrics. Songs written from the heart and performed with passion by this singer/songwriter from Ireland. A unique voice with a timeless sound. Elliot Smith meets The Rolling Stones...
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Miss California
4:20 $0.99
2. Time
2:59 $0.99
3. Come Around
3:04 $0.99
4. Learning Curve
2:58 $0.99
5. 90 Miles An Hour
3:46 $0.99
6. City Morn'
3:47 $0.99
7. Ground Down
4:38 $0.99
8. Stolen
4:02 $0.99
9. An Answer
3:43 $0.99
10. Wendy
3:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
Born in Dublin, Ireland, currently based in Northern Italy, Andrew Handrick is a self-taught musician playing edgy folk/rock with literate lyrics.

His early years were spent listening to artist such as Elvis and Dean Martin, later moving on to bands such as The Jam, The Who, The Velvet Underground and eventually finding Bob Dylan, Simon + Garfunkel and REM.

Andrew has been compared to Elliot Smith, Damien Rice, Nick Drake and Smashing Pumpkins amongst others.

Andrew was involved in playing at the following:

IMRO Showcase Night, Heineken Green Energy Band Challenge, Emergenza Band Competition, Limerick Expo, South East Music Seminar also recording a session for the Dave Fanning show on 2FM National Radio.

His song 'Weirdo's Goodbye' was featured on the CD 'Futureproof II' Best of Irish, released through Danceline Records, and he has also contributed work to independent films both in Ireland and the US..

Another of his compositions 'Stolen' made it into the Top 100 of the Bacardi/HotPress Songs of the Year 2002. Andrew won the National Busking Competition in Virginia, Co. Cavan in 2003, and competed in the final of An Tostal Song Competition 2004.

Ireland's premiere music magazine, Hot Press, chose his CD for "Pick of the Fortnight" in its April 2005 edition.

He was a featured artist on San Francisco's Channel 29 TV show "On The Tip Of My Tongue" in May 2006.

Andrew released his debut album "The True Riches Of Life" in 2006, available at, and i-Tunes. chose Andrew as part of their "Discover the Next Big Thing" national campaign 2007.

Interviewed for Irish Music Scene Documentary 2008, awaiting release.

Songs featured on new Yoga Fusion DVD in the US, released 2008.

Released an instrumental CD “Five Steps” Aug 2008.

Song featured on BBC Radio, Dec 2008.

He is currently writing and recording new material



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C. Bode

"reminiscent of an Elliott Smitt record but far less tortured"
I imagine that Andrew Handrick, like most of us, has traveled a challenging road stumbling over self-doubt and a broken heart now and again while accumulating life experiences to write about. His efforts were not in vain because this is a lovely, reflective and subdued look into Andrew’s world that is reminiscent of an Elliott Smith record but far less tortured. It’s perfect fare for a rainy day when you’re curled up on the couch with your favourite book. His music is heartfelt but unobtrusive. I can’t think of a single artist I could compare his voice to as it’s quite unique and one which might be an acquired taste for some as he sings in different registers on parts of The True Riches of Life as in the songs “City Morn’” and “Stolen” (its music is very striking) and the lower registers aren’t his strength because his voice just sounds flat. However, on the whole this record illustrates that Andrew holds great promise as an artist. Among the nine songs on this CD my favourite is the melodic yet plaintive “Miss California”:

“If this was the last time, would you let me know? If this was the last time, would I see you go. Don’t answer…It’s a yes and it feels like silence.”

I also really like the more effervescent “Come Around”, the reflective love song “Learning Curve” and the aching “Ground Down” and though I love the optimistic music of “Wendy” I just don’t see how lyrically and thematically it fits in with the rest of the album.

The True Riches of Life is somewhat flawed but it is those flaws that make it interesting and I’ll look forward to hearing new songs from Andrew Handrick in the future.