Group 4 -The band he made his first record with (it didn’t trouble the charts)
Andy has sung Rock, Blues, Folk and Country and has even been known to appear in the occasional musical (Oh, What a Lovely War! – Guys and Dolls – Singing in the Rain). He says he started writing his own songs in the early days of Folk Clubs when every performer had their set list taped to the top of their guitar and crossed off their potential numbers as the singers before them stole their thunder. One performer announcing his intention to sing “Streets of London” would see every singer in the room striking that number from their set-list. Andy figured that if he wrote his own songs he could relax, safe in the knowledge that, no matter how bad the song, no-one else would be singing it!
Andy’s first successful song was “Fields of Crosses”. Written about the carnage of the First World War this song got Andy on TV and was used in a BBC documentary that was shown worldwide.
Since those days Andy has lived and played in the UK and France, his lyric-led songs – many set in Plymouth – delighting audiences in Folk Clubs, on radio and at Festivals. It has been said that Andy’s introductions – the stories behind the songs -are almost as entertaining as the songs themselves.