Andy Golledge is a livewire and a gentle soul, trapped in a 70’s tuna fisherman’s body. He looks like your old man back in the day, sounds like Neil Young, with the energy of Springsteen and a vulnerability all his own.
Already a legend in his own right around the Sydney live music scene, he is known for his electric and one of a kind performances. From Australia’s home of country music, this Tamworth native’s tracks span from foot stompin’ party-starters to the heart achingly fragile ballads. Cause that’s life, isn’t it? They’re painfully honest, instantly relatable, and catchy as all hell.
“Run To The River” is available here.
Released today is the spectacular debut single “Run By The River” which was written for his twin brother Nick.
Reflecting on the song, Andy explains:
The song ‘Run to the River’ is one I wrote for my twin brother. He was having pretty severe seizures for about 2 years, which doctors put down to an anxiety disorder. He was fired from his job due to old bigots not accepting that anxiety is a real issue and isolated himself from friends, family and social gatherings.
My brother and I love to fish when we’re together. When I go back home to Tamworth where my brother lives and where we grew up, we spend most of our time by a river – usually the Namoi or Peel, which I mention in the first verse of the song.
When I wrote the song I’d just come back to Sydney from Tamworth. We’d gone fishing, but I could tell my brother wasn’t himself. He was really anxious, he’d almost had a few seizures while we were fishing, and he didn’t let me out of his sight for fear of having one. I was heartbroken to see someone I’d thought was so strong my whole life be so afraid.
We both suffer from mental health issues and have done for most of our lives. It’s taken me quite a while to acquire the right management skills to get better. I wrote the song for Nick to encourage him to take the leap and to help him see he’s not alone when he does. To reach out and talk to friends, family, loved ones. To get out of the house and go fishing – whatever he can do to help himself get better and take charge of his life.
Turned out he had a massive brain tumour the size of a tennis ball, discovered late last year after my father filmed him having a seizure. Sure changed the doctors’ tune. They managed to remove most of it in surgery and it’s looking like he’ll live a long and healthy life. He still has a ways to go as far as recovering physically and mentally, but I’m sure he’ll get there. Run to the River was written before we found all this out, but the message still rings true.