Dubliner Andrew Bass has been a stalwart figure on the Irish music scene since the 1980s, during which time he has professionally performed a number of roles, from musician and songwriter to national and international booking agent dealing with a broad selection of musical genres.
A loyal fan of The Clash, Bass cut his musical teeth as a singer and songwriter, and then scored a key slot as part of the road crew for In Tua Nua.
He set up The Attic venue in Dublin, booking acts of the calibre of Therapy?, Green Day, Whipping Boy and Pet Lamb. He became Managing Director of the Central Entertainment Bureau and booked acts into a wide range of venues, from Gibney’s in Malahide to the Portalen Theatre and Culture House in Copenhagen to numerous venues in the Middle East. In the year 2010 alone, it is reckoned that the CEB paid Irish musicians over €3 million in fees!
Bass’s role as booking agent has seen Bass set up gigs and tours for acts as significant as Damien Dempsey, Brian Downey and others, including his daughter Sarah and son Josh who are enthusiastically keeping the family music tradition alive with their own projects.
He set up the Oblivion recording studio and produced numerous records including renowned bluesman Pat Farrell and a much-admired recording of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ in support of the Seán Cox campaign.
During the recent lockdowns he’s been co-producing (along with former 2fm producer Ian Wilson) and hosting the on-line series Sessions From Oblivion which not only give valuable global exposure to emergent Irish talent but also uses music industry experts to offer practical advice.
Throughout his career, Bass has proven himself to be a man of relentless energy in pursuit of new musical adventures while also retaining his strict adherence to professional business principles.