Andrew learned piano from church organist Miss Richardson from the age of four. Having run through the grades, he stopped playing for 30 years.
Following a brief and unsatisfactory flirtation with the violin, he picked up a guitar during an extended stay in hospital and started to rock!
His first professional appearance, prompted by running out of money in Japan, was at Tokyo’s Ikebukuro station, where he earned enough for the train fare back to the local “foreigner house” and an inexpensive Chinese meal.
Thereafter he went from strength to strength as a street musician. Following in the footsteps of poet laureate Bob Dylan, he went electric, to the horror of many. He toured Japan’s four main islands in a rented van with a bed in the back and a heater that didn’t work, before getting a job and becoming boring.
Some years later, Andrew took up keyboards again during a belated degree course in music technology. He became part of a student band, which drew him to the attention of noted High Wycombe percussionist and impressario ‘KB’. (see Keith). “Is that a keyboard you’re carrying?” enquired KB.
It was actually a mandolin! Nonetheless Andrew joined the New Foundations and has been with them ever since.