|born||5th Sep 1958 in Sherburn-in-Elmet, Yorkshire|
|likes||Blue Nile, James Taylor, Nitin Sawheny, Talvin Singh, Bruce Cockburn, Iain Archer, U2, Joan Armatrading, John Martyn|
|dislikes||beautiful south, texas, hue & cry, reminiscing|
|academic qualifications||it's academic... well OK - BSc in physiology at Dundee Uni|
|Love of life||Donna Ferrigan|
|Father||Ronald - teacher & amateur operatic singer|
|Mother||Ivy (1925-1992) Piano Teacher|
|Grandparents||Miner, Plasterer & Fish & Chip shop owner - nr Doncaster|
|music qualifications||you're kidding... O Level, grade 4 oboe|
|instruments||Guitar, Sax, programming, percussion|
|uses||Cubase, Wavelab, LM4, Spirit FX16, ASR 10, Takamine Santa Fe, Sansamp, tons of hand held percussion|
|inspiration||Love, struggle, corruption, hope, the realm of God|
|perspiration||keep listening for where the song wants to go, stay with it..|
|Wrote first song||aged 14 - "Nobody knows that I'm here" (sad or what?)|
|First band seen live||status quo in Bournemouth (later that year)|
|First love||Amanda Tul|
|First love song||"I eat men for breakfast" (slightly bitter eh?)|
|First Band||"Dry Ice"|
|Their most memorable song||"Witches Parlour"|
|First Band to Perform Live||"Fracas" (aged 17)|
|Reaction to the gig||buns from the church hall thrown at the band|
|Their most memorable song||"Spring Morning Sunrise" ("lay it easy on the mind" - mmm mmm)|
|First paid gigs||light entertainment guitar novelty duet "Stonewall Griffiths" with John Griffiths (later to become a Woebegone Brother)|
|First recorded release||"The Last of Stonewall Griffiths" 1981 featuring guest artists Jon Magnussen & Ricky Ross, amongst others..|
|Outstanding Songs...||"Who Shot JR?", "The Dart Night of the Soul", "Used to be a Man", "Jammy Side Down"|
|Other Dundee Bands||"Ricky Ross and the Norman Tebbits of this World", "Wells Fargo and the Stage Frights"|
but more seriously ... move to Glasgow...
|1983 - 86: rattling the cage|
"Sophisticated Pop" 6 piece featuring - amongst others, Loraine McIntosh & Ewen Vernal, later of Deacon Blue. No releases but gig coverage in Melody Maker. First gig at Greenbelt in 1986 supporting Fat and Frantic on Sunday lunchtime. Got wet & went home thinking it was a strange event.
|1986 - 89: big sur|
|80's song-based pop band. Released 12" single "Please Stay". Simultaneously |
'record of the week' in Record Mirror and
"a vile disgusting whinge" in NME. Toured UK as support to Deacon Blue in 1988. Released "Doing the Rounds" comemorative cassette & T shirt. Much radio play but never distributed seriously to shops. Andy signed to Chrysalis in 1989 as a songwriter. Demoralising experience which led to the collapse of the band due to passivity of Publishing company. Recorded songs solo then started own studio in order to get some income.
|1990 - co-founder of The Late Late Service|
|experimental contemporary worship arts collective based round dance beats and multimedia environments. Recorded the first ever Christian Service for Radio 1 (and the second), also on Channel 4 & Channel 5 at Christmas. Released several albums through Sticky Music.|
|1994 - recorded Victims & Criminals|
|1996 - moved to London|
|to manage Greenbelt Festivals - music dries up except for in the basement studio & pieces for 'Host' - Hackney based alternative worship group.|
|2000 - released The Things You Never Say|
|2001 - move around London, move job|
|campaign manager at The Giving Campaign running a new project to promote charitable giving to young people in the UK: Giving Nation.|
|Giving Nation web site||
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