Discovery: Alf Whitby

Alf Whitby (real name Andrew Keaveney) is a folk singer songwriter from Manchester whose new track John delicately tales the story of addiction.

By Graeme Smith

Feature photo by Lydia Wakelam

In John, the eponymous protagonist is a heroin addict who lived across the street from Andrew. Andrew paints a picture of his unconventional life and speculates on his mindset, all emotionally delivered while accompanied by a delicate, electro-acoustic arrangement. Musically, things swell from a stripped-back intro to a rich and complex climax.

Alf Whitby is an artist who know how to inject his music with authenticity and genuine emotion and I think that’s what makes it so compelling. Others agree and he’s received favourable coverage from BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio among others.

You can hear John below. If you like your music on the emotive side, be sure to follow our Raw Stuff playlist on Spotify.