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Andy Burrows and Matt Haig announce album and special London live date (2018)

Andy Burrows & Matt Haig

Story by Jack Foley

MUSICIAN and songwriter Andy Burrows and number one, best-selling author Matt Haig have just released the title track from their forthcoming album collaboration, Reasons To Stay Alive, as well as news of a very special launch event at London’s 229 The Venue in September (2018).

With Haig providing lyrics around which Burrows composed music, the duo, who struck up a friendship after ‘meeting’ on Twitter, have spent the past year passing ideas back and forth to create a collection of songs loosely inspired by Haig’s much loved books, including Reasons to Stay Alive and How to Stop Time (recently optioned as a movie, due to star Benedict Cumberbatch).

Reasons To Stay Alive was recorded in a barn in Wittersham and produced by Tim Baxter (who previously worked with Andy on his albums Company, Funny Looking Angels and The Snowman and the Snowdog soundtrack). It also features a line-up of guest musicians including Muse’s Dom Howard and Editors’ Tom Smith.

Andy Burrows says of the collaboration and forthcoming album: “Writing songs to Matt Haig’s words has been such an amazing, elating experience. He is such an incredible writer and I know I am very, very lucky to be working with him. Lyrics are the most difficult part, but this record feels like it comes straight from my heart… I just didn’t have to write the words! It’s not always easy to find that person you can connect with creatively.”

Adds Matt Haig: “Working with Andy on these songs has been a dream. Andy is a musical genius and a great guy to collaborate with and it just felt right from the start, as though his music was the only possible match for the lyrics.

“The first songs emerged while Andy was in America and I was scribbling at home in Brighton. I am used to the long and lonely process of writing books so the thrill of being able to write some words, then send them to Andy eight thousand miles away and to hear them turn into an amazing song, sometimes within a few hours, was a kind of magic.

“The lyrics are deeply personal, like the book of Reasons To Stay Alive, but Andy’s music turns them into something big and universal. I can’t wait for people to hear these songs.”

Burrows and Haig have also just announced a very special launch event at London’s 229 The Venue on Tuesday, September 25, at which Burrows will perform songs from the album and both will take part in a Q&A to be hosted by Edith Bowman.

Tickets for Andy Burrows & Matt Haig – Live in Concert & In Conversation – go on sale at 10am on Friday, July 27.

Reasons To Stay Alive will be released on Fiction Records this October.