Andrea Kirwin is an Australian-Fijian Artist/Producer based on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. With a warm stage presence, retro soulful sound and a knack for storytelling, Andrea has been steadily building a national following since the release of her first album, 'From the Ground Up' in 2013. She writes and arranges her songs by weaving melodies and lyrics together with purpose and passion much like the way her Fijian grandmother used to weave pandanus mats in the village on the island of Matuku, Lau. Andrea's sound can be described as an earthy blend of folk, roots, reggae, blues, funk and soul and she waxes and wanes between her more gentler folk/soul tunes as a solo artist, and her upbeat groove based songs that she performs with her talented band of gentlemen.
Her most recent 17 track live album, titled, 'A Quiet Revolution' (released February 2017), features Andrea and her sister Litia Kirwin performing original songs with beautiful islander harmonies and playing acoustic guitar, cigar box guitar and ukuleles. The album also includes some chilled versions of cover songs from Tracy Chapman, Sting, The Beatles, Rodriguez and 'Amazing Grace', a song the Kirwin sisters grew up singing together in their hometown of Townsville, QLD. The Fijian village that Andrea's maternal family is from is called 'Levukaidaku', which in English translates to 'Many great things to come'. This has proven to be true for this up and coming Australian/Fijian artist who continues to leave a lasting impression with audiences across Australia. In the past year, Andrea has performed over 300 shows and is currently working on her fourth album.
ANDREA KIRWIN AND YAMAUI SOCIAL CLUB
Andrea has been working on something very special over the past 6 months. A full 13 piece band project revolving around the musicians that are connected to the Yamanui Recording Studio owned by her good friend and Bass player OJ Newcomb (John Butler Trio, Band of Frequencies, Thump). There is a full band album coming soon and music videos and events so stay tuned for the upcoming releases in early 2021 on Andrea's socials.
BRIEF PERFORMANCE HISTORY
Andrea has recently set up Peace Run Records and Agency at 14 Queen St, Nambour and is currenly shifting her focus to live stream events and music lessons whilst the live music scene is recovering from the Covid 19 shutdowns and new social distancing measures. Andrea has spent the past 5 years gigging and self-produced 3 Albums under her own Record Label, Peace Run Records. Andrea has performed all around Australia and New Zealand performing at Festivals such as The Woodford Folk Festival, Brisbane Festival, Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival, Echuca Winterblues Festival, Palm Creek Folk Festival, Fairbridge Festival and so many more since picking up a guitar at age 21 about 14 years ago and starting her songwriting journey. Andrea has also taught keys and singing at the Eumundi School of Rock in 2019 and now MC's their yearly concert, which has encouraged her to move into teaching while the music industry and live entertainment scene recovers.
“Andrea Kirwin has a rare voice that runs deep....
deep enough to carry you back to an era where
the way an artist delivered their message
was everything.” - LIOR
FESTIVALS PERFORMED AT IN 2017
National Multicultural Festival (ACT)
Fairbridge Folk Festival (WA)
Palm Creek Folk Festival (QLD)
Echuca Winterblues Festival (VIC)
Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival (QLD)
Horizon Festival - Dawn awakening (QLD)
Caloundra Music Festival (QLD) *With Thump and Bearfoot
Island Vibe Festival (NSW)
FESTIVALS PERFORMED AT IN 2016
Valley Fiesta (QLD)
West End Festival (QLD)
Horizon Festival (QLD)
Maleny Music Festival (QLD)
Four Winds Festival (NSW)
Majors Creek Folk Festival (NSW)
Quandamooka Festival (QLD)
Bigsound Music Expo (QLD)
International Readers and Writers Festival (QLD)
Cole Clark Guitars Endorsement (2017)
Representing multicultural Artists from QLD at Bigsound QLD (2016)
Performing at the Woodford Folk Festival (2015, 2013, 2011, 2009)
Receiving a Regional Arts Development Fund ($6000) grant to
produce 2nd Album, 'The Story of Us' (2015)
4 songs from 'The Story of Us' Highly commended in
Queensland Music Awards 2016.
3 East Coast Australian Tours