Alf Whitby is the alter ego of Manchester based songwriter Andrew Keaveney. His alternative folk style revolves around a core of voice, guitar and piano, and draws influence from both traditional folk (Nick Drake) and more modern alternative styles (Sufjan Stevens).
Juxtaposition between tenderness and angst is a key element to Alf's songs, with dynamic shifts bringing the listener along on a meandering ride. Lyrically the songs begin as a cathartic release of thoughts and feelings too often left buried inside, and then evolve into more structured storytelling with an array of characters and imagery.
Alf will play with a stringed accompaniment at the Waterside, playing songs from his 2020 debut album "Sistine Dreams", as well as songs crafted through the pandemic that are being released over the summer.