Biography

Andy started attending West Midlands folk clubs before he was officially old enough to go into pubs.  His first instruments were a whistle and mandolin.  Eventually he bought his first concertina, which became his main interest.  Since then he has learnt to play many different instruments, in recent years he has acquired and plays a large number of early instruments.

Over the years he has played in a number of different bands and for almost 30 years has been in the dance band Captain Swing who have played for festivals and dances all over England.  He also sings and plays in two duos.  In The Night Watch with Ian Pittaway he plays medieval and renaissance music.  For more information please see  www.the-night-watch.org.uk

Andrew playing concertinaDaring Young Men is collaboration with story teller and singer Chris Lowe; together they perform songs from the Victorian and Edwardian Music Hall.  They have played at many private event, folk clubs and festivals.  They were extremely busy in 2014 recreating songs of the First World War.

Over the years he has played for medieval banquets at Warwick Castle, performed on radio with the group Brummagem and even performed in the Dudley cannel tunnel.  He has recorded two solo albums, A Curious Age and A Mass of Money Linen, Silk and Starch and two Captain Swing CD’s as well as one with The Night Watch.  He has also been recorded with Chris Lowe by Birmingham Music & Art Gallery for their permanent Birmingham Through the Ages exhibit.

Andy also works as a living history leader for Sandwell Museum Service leading workshops in Tudor, Victorian, World War 2 and Ghost Stories.  He works regularly in historic venues playing period music for many different types of events.

He is in possession of a CRB enhanced disclosure, now called a DBS. Enabling work with children and vulnerable adults.