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January 01, 2020

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Lanterns to be played on BBC Radio Derby

October 14, 2020

BBC Radio Derby have said they'd like to have a chat on the phone and then play my song Lanterns on their Wednesday evening show of the 21st October at about 9pm.

You can listen to Radio Derby on 104.5, 95.3 and 96.0 FM and 1116 AM.

Much of my album Mercy Mercia is set in the Derby area as that's where I grew up.

Lanterns is no exception, as the song ties together strands of different memories, some vivid, some barely memorable of the Derbyshire village I grew up in.

11th October 2020. RAY 12 years old today!!

October 10, 2020

Wow, I can't believe that this album is 12 years old today;

City Of Strangers played on BBC Radio Solent

September 17, 2020

My song 'City Of Strangers' was played on BBC Radio Solent at about 1:40pm on 18th September 2020. I'm not sure how long these links last but here it is;

I'm 2 hours 42 minutes in.

We're at it again!!!!

September 14, 2020

My new lockdown chums and I are recording another of my tracks. This one is probably the most popular song from my most recent album mercy mercia.

Watch this space!!!

Ghost Clouds on the radio

January 08, 2020

Ghost Clouds- Lockdown version will be played on BBC Radio Solent on Monday 10th August between 12pm and 1pm. You can hear it all via 96.1 and 103.8 FM, DAB, FreeView or via the BBC Sounds app.

Ghost Clouds- Lockdown version

January 06, 2020

Ghost Clouds is the latest lockdown version of one of my songs that my chums and I have recorded. Check it out here;

We're at it again!!!

June 28, 2020

My new lockdown chums and I are recording another of my tracks. It'll be an older one and is one of my most popular songs.

Watch this space!!!

For Fun

June 06, 2020

I cut our lockdown version of The Mexican (Part Juan) to the original animated video;

The Mexican (Part Juan) Lockdown version to be played on BBC Radio Solent.

June 04, 2020

That's right, the song I recorded with my lockdown mates is going to be on BBC Radio Solent on Monday 8th June between 12pm and 1pm. They've also asked if they can have a chat with me at about 12:20pm. You can hear it all via 96.1 and 103.8 FM, DAB, FreeView or via the BBC Sounds app.

Will Solar Powered Solar Plexus Man defeat The Mexican? Hear part Juan On BBC Radio Solent this Monday between 12pm and 1pm.

The Mexican (Part Lockdown)

June 03, 2020

Lockdown has changed the way musicians perform and reach their audiences. So in true lockdown fashion here is 'The Mexican (Part Juan)' recorded with myself and three amazing musicians. My good friend Steve is on Bass, and Andrew (lead Guitar) and Damon (Drums) are guys I've never met in person, but we got to know each other on a private musician social network platform that we set up. 

It was lots of fun recording this;

Top Ten Andy Billington songs!!!!!

March 02, 2020

Vote for your favourite Andy Billington songs!!

Just a bit of fun. Pick up to 10 songs, arrange them in the order you wish, and feel free to comment on them.

February 29

February 29, 2020

This time of year is particularly emotional for me as it's the month my dad died.

February 29 was the date.

It only comes every 4 years, so here is my song marking the occasion;

Andy Billington- Live at The Joiners, Southampton

February 14, 2020

Very happy to announce that I'll be playing at The Joiners in Southampton on the 28th February as part of a showcase event.

The highly talented Jetski Babylon and The Pretty Dark will also be playing so it should be a fantastic evening. Tickets available in advance or on the door.

Blinded by the Brightstars re-mix by Spitdust

February 13, 2020

Check out this fantastic new remix of my song 'Blinded by the Bright Stars'. Re-mixed by Spitdust.

The song is originally found on my demo album 'Ray' in 2012.

Christmas Song Lessons

January 01, 2020

Just for fun, Here are some simple lessons for a few popular Christmas songs. I hope to add more in the near future. Enjoy!!

Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree- lesson.

Jingle Bell Rock- lesson

Stop The Cavalry- lesson

Mercy Mercia on vinyl

November 11, 2019

I'm very excited that Mercy Mercia is being cut to vinyl!

Here's a picture of the printed cover and labels sent to me by the Lathe company 'Lathe to the Grave' (based in Portsmouth, England).

I'll let you all know as soon as I have the records in my possession!

It's a double LP release as the album length is so long. But with it being a double LP it means I can release a few rare versions of the some songs- different mixes or extended versions.

Tickets for my Art House Gig 31/08/19

August 18, 2019

Tickets for my Art House Gig 31/08/19.  It's pay what you want for tickets bought up-front. So follow this link, get a ticket or two and come and see my band and me play at The Art House, Southampton. See you there!

Andy Billington at The Art House

July 01, 2019

Yes my band and I are back at The Art House.

That fantastic venue where Mercy Mercia was launched.

Scribble 31st August in your diaries and come and enjoy great beer

and fantastic music with us!!

All 3 demo albums released!!

May 20, 2019

I'm very pleased to announce that all 3 of my demo albums are now released and available on multiple platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and Bandcamp. Check out the 'OTHER SONGS' tab on this website to see and hear them all.

All three demo albums soon to be avaiable to purchase.

April 07, 2019

On 17th April my two demo albums 'Ray' and 'Mountjoy' will be available to purchase on iTunes, Amazon and over 30 other digital stores including Spotify. You may have noticed that these demo albums have been available since 2012 but due to the digital distributor Zimbalam screwing it's artists I haven't been able to earn any money from the releases of late. I'm now re-releasing them with the digital distributor- Routenote. My other previously unreleased demo album 'Roy' will be available on the 17th May.

A year ago this month...

October 30, 2018

A year ago this month the album cover was completed. Ryan Smith did an amazing job don't you think? Can you spot all the different song references?

Helping St Denys celebrate 150 years!!

October 07, 2018

St Denys church in Southampton has been around for 150 years. To celebrate this amazing feat and help fund-raise money for it's upkeep, they held a concert on the evening of Saturday the 6th of October. We played 3 songs and had a great time. It was an outstanding eclectic evening and a privilege to play at. Apparently it was filmed so I may have footage to show you soon!!

Mini festival in Southampton

August 13, 2018

So today, at the last second, Vicki and I are playing at the 'Jeanes Fest'. It's a mini festival set up by a friend in his garden. Pictures to follow.

Andy Billington at The Art House

April 22, 2018

This Wednesday sees my next gig at The Art House in Southampton, it's the follow up gig to my launch gig earlier in the year. We will be welcoming Alan Stewart to the band line-up. He's a fabulous keyboard player and drummer and I'm really looking forward to experiencing what he brings to our live set. 

You can get tickets for the gig here-

Follow up gig at The Art House

January 01, 2020

Breaking news!! Andy Billington to play at The Art House again.

Following my fantastic launch gig, I am doing a follow up gig on 25th April

at The Art House in Southampton.

Details can be found here-


And tickets are here-

Launch gig video footage coming soon

February 27, 2018

Coming soon... Footage from my fantastic launch gig at The Art House in Southampton. Watch this space!!

I had a terrific launch gig at The Art House on Shrove Tuesday. It was so packed that the were letting people in for free in the downstairs section to watch the gig on the big screen. They also ran out of beer, which has to be a good sign!!

I had a band of 5 people. The partially moustached but incomparable Aidan Bryden on Guitar and Vocals, the fantastic Sam East on Bass Guitar, The tremendous Conroy Williams on Cajon and Trombone, the phenomenal Vicki Smith on Glockenspiel, Shaker, Tambourine and Vocals, and Steve Amadeo on Piano and Ableton.

(Of course Steve was breathtaking too!!)

Thanks to everyone who came along. We plan to do some more gigs soon.

Album released!!!

February 13, 2018

It's been a long time coming but my album is finally released. Follow the iTunes/ Amazon links to the right of the page to hear/ purchase it.

Launch gig for 'mercy mercia' announced

January 15, 2018

I'm very happy to announce a launch gig for the new album 'mercy mercia'

It will take place in The Art House in Southampton

Here is a link to the event on Facebook

First batch of CD's being delivered

January 01, 2020

I've had the first batch of CD's made of the new album, and they are on their way to me. Release date will be very soon now. Merci Beaucoupia to you all for you patience.

Album finished now to make cd's and digital distribution

November 20, 2017

So all the mastering is done...hurray!!. Now I'm looking in to PRS, PPL, Music publishers, Record labels, AP2 licences, AP2 exclusions and duplicators. Such fun. Not long now...

Artwork finished

October 22, 2017

The artwork for the album is now finished. Ryan Smith has done a fantastic job. The picture here shows the inside cover without the credits on. I'll release information about the credits and track listing soon.

Mastering the new album

January 01, 2020

It's been a while since I've been involved in the mastering process for an album and the fantastic Steve Harding at Push Studios in Bognor Regis  has given me an in-depth run down of the complete procedure. We've chosen some reference tracks/ albums and worked hard to keep continuity of sound for all 13 songs on the album. I'm now doing a test listen just to check if there are any final tweaks before the master is finalised.

Album progress

August 28, 2017

So there are 13 songs on the album. Final tweaks are being applied to the final song this week.

The art work is very nearly done.

Mastering will be next and then setting a release date.

I will release the album digitally, but will also get some C.D.s made as there is still demand for that format.

Some really nice people!

June 09, 2017

I've had some really fantastic people help me on the journey of this album. César Moreno has taken a load of photo's of me in a studio and on location. many of which you'll see on this website and some will be used on the album sleeve. Ryan Smith has designed a really top notch album cover referencing the songs and creating the atmosphere I was hoping for. Steve Harding and Tom Mills have worked crazilly hard at Push Studio's in Bognor Regis on each and every song helping me to keep my 'sound' and bring my music up to the next level of production. Amy 'Clark' Aland helped me with my Twitter, Youtube and Facebook pages and has tirelessly pestered me to keep posting on them to keep people informed. Bao Linh Nguyen helped design this website with all it's lovely colour co-ordination. That's not to mention all the people who have played on the album. More of them to come in later posts. But for now... thanks  to all the lovely people who've helped make this possible!!

New website is online!

April 30, 2017

Hello, Andy Billington here.

Welcome to my new website. Here you'll find news, pictures, photos and links of my music. I have a brand new album coming out imminently and any of the music and videos you see will be of songs from that. You can also find me on Facebook, on YouTube, on Instagram, on Twitter and on Soundcloud.

I'd love to her from you so please leave me a message!



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