Wigan musician's delight at release of first single

A Wigan singer who has overcome tough times with the help of music has spoken of his delight at the release of his debut single.
Andrew CantwellAndrew Cantwell
Andrew Cantwell

A Wigan singer who has overcome tough times with the help of music has spoken of his delight at the release of his debut single.

Andrew Cantwell, from Standish, has seen his song Watching The World Go By made available for music fans to buy across a host of top streaming platforms.

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The song is paired in the official release with a cover of How Long Will I Love You, a song by one of his favourite acts, Scottish folk-influenced group The Waterboys. But Andrew says the track may also be familiar to a younger group of music lovers thanks to the efforts of a recent pop star.

Andrew recorded the songs at The Music Projects in Pemberton under the expertise of Merry Hell guitarist John Kettle and the two tracks feature an impressive array of local talent. It is also hoped that the single and its B-side may be released on CD and vinyl once the coronavirus crisis is over.

For Andrew, who joined The Music Projects as a student after battling alcoholism and going teetotal, his success on the local scene is an extraordinary tale of triumph against the odds.

He said: “With my background story, if someone had told me that all this would happen I would have burst out laughing. It just shows that if you change your perception and focus on positivity what can happen is unbelievable.

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“It’s good for the college too, they are really encouraging people like myself.

“The single has been released for download through the college and they are pushing it. I’m going to do a limited-edition CD and if cost allows a vinyl release too.

“The B-side is a song by my musical heroes, The Waterboys. It was written by Mike Scott from that band. Ellie Goulding had a massive hit with it, but not many people know where it originally comes from.”

Acoustic guitarist and singer Andrew is joined on Watching The World Go By by popular musician and producer John Kettle on guitar and bass. John also appears on the cover and he and Andrew are joined by vocalist Alex Strickland, The Music Project’s lecturer Dean Meadows on piano, drummer and gig promoter Rob Fairhurst and Will Watts from Flechettes on bass.

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Andrew is now hoping to write more original material and trying to keep doing his work promoting Wigan’s increasingly-lively music scene, a task made somewhat more difficult by the lockdown and closure of public venues.

The single is available now at most big streaming platforms. For more information visit www.reverbnation.com/andrewjcantwell

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