Andy started his guitar playing career in Liverpool with THE DECEMBERISTS who quickly made a name for themselves nationally by playing gigs in London, catching the eye of The LOFT's Bill Prince who reviewed them for the NME. A first release 'James Is' was on the Discreet Campaigns compilation along with the likes of THE COCTEAU TWINS and NEW ORDER. This was followed by a second release 'Gift Horse' on the Ways to Wear coats compilation album. The Decemberists were fortunate enough to support bands such as THAT PETROL EMOTION and JAMES. By the time of a debut single release the band had changed their name to THE HELLFIRE SERMONS and 'Freakstorm' was released and received an encouraging NME review by Bob Stanley.
At the beginning of the 90's Andy joined THE CARETAKER RACE, featuring Andy Strickland of Creation Records legends THE LOFT. A handful of singles and a debut album were all released. 'Hangover Square' entered the indie chart produced by STEPHEN STREET of THE SMITHS/MORRISEY fame. A month long tour of the UK followed supporting THE DARLING BUDS which took the band to almost every city/town. Shortly afterward there followed a tour of Europe culminating in a support slot with the HOUSE OF LOVE.
The Caretaker Race split in 1992 and Andy formed his own band THE RIVER PEOPLE who released a Single 'The Sun Will Shine' recorded at THE COCTEAU TWINS studio September Sound in 1996. Andy then formed CLOUDBASE with a very unstable line up but managed to release a CD Single 'Angel' in 2001. Cloudbase split in the Summer of 2008.
Andy is now an RGT Registered Guitar Tutor (DipLCM) and has worked for a couple of Tribute bands. The Smiths tribute, HAND IN GLOVE and the Pretenders tribute, THE PRETENDERERS.
Recently Andy has become a member of the Bitter Springs on Bass Guitar and has played gigs in the South of England and Spain.
Andy is currently working on an acoustic guitar album titled "While my Acoustic Guitar Gently Weeps" available in the early part of 2012