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“totally original”
“a unique and refreshing sound”



“I love the texture of the songs and the lyrics are deep”<br> -

"Review of The True Riches Of Life - July '06"

ANDREW HANDRICK a folk-like singer/songwriter and do-it-yourselfer just recently relocated to California from Ireland offers a great album, "The True Riches Of Life." The album generally deals with life experiences, relationships and every-day happenings neatly packed into 10 tracks. In each track you will find acoustic-like guitars, drums and bass fronted by gentle folksy vocals, some of which you'll find yourself singing along to (such as "Time" - one of my favorite tracks). The music though it has a folk element would also appeal to those tuned into the softer rock styles of music (bands such as the Goo Goo Dolls and Soul Asylum come to mind). All in all, it's a great album that will perk up any soft rock/folk rock collection. [Wednesday Elektra]

"Pick of the Fortnight - Hot Press April 05"

Andrew Handrick

Perhaps a man with a better chance of cutting a swathe through the morass of singer-songwriters is Andrew Handrick from Wicklow. He has a deep, sometimes frail voice ideal for the fragile, reflective songs he writes. Most of the instruments on his CD have been played by himself, with a little help from Andreas Nolan. `City Morn' gets into a real soft-rock groove after an indecisive start, musically and lyrically depicting a musical landscape of the dawn with all its hopes and fears. `Learning Curve' is more acoustic but marries Handrick's literate lyrics to an arrangement that always keeps you guessing. 'An Answer' is more untogether and suffers accordingly, especially in the vocals. Handrick occasionally let's a whine into his voice that he might be better off dropping, but other than that, he might be well worth watching. Early days indeed.

Jackie Hayden – Hot Press - First Cuts

21st April 2005
- Hot Press

"Review of debut album "The True Riches of Life""

Album Review - PartyInKingston - Nov 2005

The True Riches Of Life
Andrew Handrick

Andrew Handrick has spent the last 12 years of his life struggling through the genesis of this, his first collection of original alternative rock and folk-flavoured songs. Andrew hails from Dublin, Ireland where his musical life began but he currently lives in Austin, Texas; a fantastic music city and one in which he hopes to continue to shape his career. Andrew credits such diverse bands as The Rolling Stones, REM, The Who, The Velvet Underground and The Jam as his influences. He has been a singer/songwriter for the past four years, before which he played in and wrote songs for the bands Grover and Booster in Ireland. As a founding member of these bands he recorded a session for the famous Dave Fanning show on 2FM National Radio in Dublin. In April 2005 Ireland’s favourite music magazine, Hot Press, named Andrew’s CD “Pick of the Fortnight” - a distinctive honour indeed. An accomplished musician, Andrew plays guitars, bass and keyboards on The True Riches of Life and produced it with his engineer and bazouki player, Andreas Nolan.

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.

Andrew’s CD can be purchased at his official website at and You can also drop by and tell him what you think of it yourself.

Christine Bode


"Album Review The True Riches Of Life""

A bundle of folk tunes with a gentle but uplifting effect comprises the feel of Irish singer / songwriter Andrew Handrick’s new album, The True Riches of Life. Handrick’s songwriting remains soulful and open throughout, but the reflective nature of the tracks does not take away the poppy attraction of the songs, something which draws you in and captivates you.

Highlights of the album include Learning Curve (which is available for download at the bottom of this interview), and the powerful City Morn’, as well as the intro track, Miss California. A country feel can be heard in the closing song, Wendy, something which adds further flavour and diversity to the album.

Handrick shies away from openly borrowing from his cited influences (which include Elvis and The Smashing Pumpkins), and his style is plesantly unique. Although the album has some weaker points (one of which includes the slightly flat production, which lets the songwriting down a little on occasion), it holds up to be a solid, well written album; something which the now-California based singer / songwriter can be confident in building upon through his live performances - Room With A View

"The True Riches Of Life - Album Review - August 2007"



A collection of mellow tunes with elements of southern rock style melodies can be heard through out this album with the first track (Miss Califorina) kicks in with with a hypnotic grung tone on the vocals sounds a bit like early Smashing Pumpkins nice laid back strumming coming from the guitar and a pop cultured beat to gel it together, (Time) this tune has nice flowing rythem to it with uplifting vocals and a lazy groove. (Come Around) this has nice upbeat melodie, the vocals sound really well but the guitar seems to be cutting into the mix too much but sounds well, (Learning Curve) this tune has a nice feel to it vocals are placed very well with a nice ambient feel chorus has a catchy theme with a driving melodie (90 Miles An Hour) you can feel a nice summer tone from this tune a real country rock feel with some great vocals and some great dynamics in the verses. (City Morn') this tune has laid back feel with some nice lyrics it's great to hear songs like this from a Dublin artist it has more of a American tone but cool. (Ground Down) there is more of a folk/rock tone with a nice melodie like a 60's San Francisco song, great vocals and composed very well. (Stolen) Andrews deep vocal in this song works really well a bit like Lou Reed, the latin rim shot is nice too and lifts to a cool rock tune again the dynamics are fantastic great song. (An Answer) this is a more upbeat happy tone song with some great vocals but the mix maybe over eq'ed. (Wendy) here is a fantastic grooving tune with a upbeat country rock feel vocals sound great with a very friendly radio tone, Overall the album sounds great for a self produced product but has the making of a fantastic album.

review by T.Halpin


You can check out Andrew Handrick at -

"The Hub, 13/7/04"

Andrew Handricks selection of catchy tunes show why he is building himself a nice little rep
on the Dublin scene” -


Two 4 track demos
Album released 2006- The True Riches of Life
Video for "Learning Curve"
Released "Five Steps" instrumental CD Sept 2008.
Demos for future release 2008



Born in Dublin, Ireland, currently based in Bray Co Wicklow, 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 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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