"There aren’t many upcoming artists that can stir our souls as strongly as Finn Anderson does."
“a great songwriting talent”
(Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music)
"Finn’s skilful use of poetic storytelling, in tandem with his knowledge of musicality, simply steal you away into a world of his own making”
(Fresh On The Net)
Raised in Fife on the east coast of Scotland, Finn spent his early teens staging self-penned theatre productions at the local Byre Theatre in St Andrews. Using the profits to build a home recording studio, he had released two solo EPs before leaving school age 16 to study Music. Finn then went on to complete an MA in Musical Theatre Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. Now based in Glasgow, Finn continues to move between writing and composing for theatre, and performing and recording as a singer-songwriter. He has also created music for film, art, dance and circus projects throughout the UK and internationally.
Music theatre writing includes Islander (Mull Theatre/Helen Milne) LEGACY: A Mother's Song (American Music Theatre Project/Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) Come Hell or High Water (Citizens Theatre/Sky Arts) Streets (Hackney Empire/The Cockpit, ‘Best New Musial’ nominee, Off West End Awards) Alba (Edinburgh Fringe, MTN Award nominee). Supported by Creative Scotland and British Council Brazil, Finn is currently developing The Bow Maker through a lab with National Theatre of Scotland and Dundee Rep. The Bow Maker was selected from 300 musicals as one of eight new headline works at BEAM 2018, the UK’s largest festival of new musical theatre.
Finn's solo songwriting includes two self-released EPs, festival appearances at Big Tent, Belladrum, MugStock, the Edinburgh Fringe and Celtic Connections, and shows throughout the UK, in New York and Chicago. The Uncharted Lands EP was released in February 2016 with the Oceanic EP following in April 2017. Singles 'When He's Away' and 'Some Days’ featured on BBC 6 Music's LGBT Mixtape and Introducing shows, as well as regional and online stations globally. Finn is currently working on his debut full-length album, featuring some of Scotland’s best young folk and jazz musicians.
Composition for theatre includes A Night To Remember, One More Sleep Til Christmas (Citizens Theatre), Look Up, Moonfall (Hikapee Circus Theatre/Jacksons Lane), Jellyfish (Intrepid Ensemble/International Youth Arts Festival/Edinburgh festival Fringe), Buckets, The Birds and Southside Stories (Citizens Theatre Young Co/Chrysalis Festival), The Iguanodon Queen (Bush Theatre), Slingshot (Park Theatre), Foreplay (The Cockpit). Other composition work includes three films with acclaimed Scottish video artist Rachel Maclean (Tate/National Galleries Scotland/Venice Biennale), several collaborations with Scottish Dance Theatre’s ‘Do Your Thing’ group, musical direction for WHITE by spoken word artist Koko Brown (Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award nominee).